Simms, William, 1793 - 1860 (scientific instrument maker)
Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:
Airy's business correspondence, volume 1, including letters from Amyott, Baldwin, Banks, Barlow, Barton, Clowes, Cubitt, Dolland, Easton, Faraday, Furlong, Gilbert, Jones, Lowry, Simms, Smedley, Stevenson, Tully, Williams, Watkins and Woolf, with an index to the correspondents at the end.
Airy's business correspondence, volume 2, including letters from Baldwin and Co., Children, Deighton, Dolland, Faraday, Hardy, Jones, Knight, Lowry, Mitchell, Ryder, Sheepshanks, Simms, Taylor, the University Press, Watkins and Woolgar, with an index to the correspondents at the end.
Comparisons of bars made by R. Sheepshanks and W. Simms for the Standards Commission. The bars were of different metals and alloys, and in some cases scales and end-bars were used. Some of the papers are disordered.
Correspondence with tradesmen, initials N-W, including letters from booksellers; a shipping agent; instrument makers, including W. Simms, regarding improvements to the telescopes; clock repairers; horologists; coal merchants; stationers; chandlers; auctioneers; builders; and parcel carriers. The letters cover requests; accounts; bills; receipts; tenders; invoices; routine repairs; adjustments; and improvements.
Correspondence, letters M-W, regarding pendulum experiments at Harton, featuring, among others, Col. E. Sabine, the Revd R. Sheepshanks, W. Simms and Dr W. Whewell. The volume also includes Airy's hotel bills, E. Dunkin's book of expenses and journal, drawings of one of the pendulums as mounted, a printed copy of a memoir of the Royal Society (with map and diagrams), a lecture by Airy given in the Central Hall of South Shields, and an extract from 'Punch'.
Original transit observations, 6 June 1832 - 10 September 1833, with adjustments to, reversal of, and repairs to the transit instrument involving Messrs Troughton and Simms; adjustment of the transit clock; meridian marks at Chingford and Blackwall; and observations of Saturn's rings.
Material concerning Sheepshanks' Memorial, including correspondence with Miss Sheepshanks, W. Sharp, the seniority of Trinity and other Cambridge University colleges, Professor J. Challis and W. Simms. There is also correspondence on the examination of 1859 and 1861, with related papers and results.
Material concerning work with the Geodetic Zenith Sector for the trigonometrical survey of the United Kingdom. There are observations of stars with the zenith sector; papers on adjustments and equipment alterations to the instruments; sketches of instruments; zenith distances; proceedings of the Royal Astronomical Society; and a map of principal triangles in the United Kingdom. There is also correspondence with T.W. Colby, W. Denison, W. Yolland, W. Simms, J. Hornby and D.J.F. Arago.