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Washington, John, 1800 - 1863 (Rear Admiral, hydrographer)

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Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence on chronometers, 1849 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/599
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the location, identity, rates and purchases of various chronometers. The volume includes repairs to and complaints with chronometer makers; requests for chronometers for D. Livingstone and the Oregon expedition; a list of chronometer makers; a paper, in French, by Messrs Delamarche and Ploix on the influence of the magnetism of ships on the rates of chronometers; J Hartnup's 'importance of testing chronometers before they are used at sea'; and notes on the...
Dates: 1849 - 1859
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on chronometers, 1859 - 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/600
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the workings of, repairs to, ratings of, and transactions involving chronometers. The volume includes papers on the Westminster Clock and Bell; addresses of chronometer makers; printed papers about Jurgensen and Sons, chronometer makers; new balance springs, 1859-1864; trials and ratings of chronometers for the Indian Store Department; a report on chronometers used aboard HMS 'Hecate'; and a letter by J. Rodwell Hux on the history of horology. The correspondents include...
Dates: 1859 - 1865
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on galvanic time, 1855 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/613
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the communication of time by the Post Office telegraph. There are papers on the trials, costs and tests of clocks on the network; the regulation of clocks; proposals for time signals to be sent to naval dockyards from Greenwich; time balls at Portsmouth, Devonport, Sheerness, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool and the City Observatory, London; and a report by Airy on the workings of the Devonport Time Ball and sketches of its galvanic arrangement. The...
Dates: 1855 - 1858
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on the Deal time ball, 1855 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/620
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with J. Washington, J.C. Clark and C.V. Walker and others regarding the time ball at Deal. There is also a plan of the magnets of the Deal Time Ball and two maps of the South Eastern Railway and connecting railways in Europe.

Dates: 1855 - 1858
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on the Deal time ball, 1858 - 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/621
Scope and Contents

Correspondence on the day to day running of the time ball at Deal, its telegraphic communications with Greenwich, and the transfer of ownership from the Admiralty to the South Eastern Railway. The correspondents include C.V. Walker, J. Washington and C.E. Paget.

Dates: 1858 - 1863
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on the Start Point time signal, 1858 - 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/625
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with J. Washington, J.C. Clark, R. Fitzroy, G.H. James, C.V. Walker and others on the proposed time signal at Start Point. There are maps of Start Point; plans of the Light House, tower and proposed buildings at Start Point; a map of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse; a map of Start Point and Start Bay; and calculations of numbers for a train of wheels.

Dates: 1858 - 1862
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1858 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/614
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signals at Portsmouth, Devonport and Sheerness and the tests, errors and running of time balls at Gravesend, Newcastle, Liverpool, Glasgow, Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope. The papers include a newspaper cutting from 'The Gateshead Observer' on the importance of time balls; accounts and reports on the Post Office clocks; papers on the regulation of the London Bridge and Westminster Great Clock; and papers on the regulation of the Edinburgh...
Dates: 1858 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on time balls and signals, 1866 - 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/616
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers on the time signal and time ball service, including a proposed time ball on Tuskar Rock in the Irish Sea, with a chart; a proposed time signal at Dundee; cable laying on the Great Eastern Railway; a proposed Ipswich Time Ball; the rating and errors of the Westminster and Post Office clocks; a proposed public clock for the City of London; electric clocks for the Adelaide Parliament, Madras (including a drawing) and Colaba Observatory in Bombay (including...
Dates: 1866 - 1870
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on visitor admissions, 1855 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/708
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding admissions to visit the Royal Observatory. The volume is divided broadly into requests from the Admiralty to visit the Royal Observatory, introductions on behalf of visitors, personal requests to visit the Observatory, questionnaires for visitors, and instructions to assistants to receive visitors. The correspondents include J. Washington, J. Field, W.H. Sykes, J.W. Lubbock, B.A. Gould, J.C. Adams, J.R. Hind, J.E. Grey, J.A. Brown, J.D. Forbes, R. Fitzroy, J....
Dates: 1855 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence on visitor admissions, 1861 - 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/709
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding admissions to visit the Royal Observatory. The volume is divided broadly into requests from the Admiralty to visit the Royal Observatory; introductions on behalf of visitors; personal requests to visit the Observatory, including visits by Prince Arthur and Louis Phillipe d'Orleans; questionnaires for visitors; and instructions to assistants to receive visitors. The correspondents include J. Washington, G.H. Richards, W.G. Romaine, R. Grant, W. Thomson, J.R. Hind, W....
Dates: 1861 - 1866
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Correspondence with computers, 1855 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/553
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with, primarily, lunar computers concerning the engagement of computers, office regulations and the conduct of computers, occasional orders and tasks to be performed, testimonials, leave of absence, and accounts and salaries. The correspondents include Lord Wrottesley, J. Challis, R. Grant, M.J. Johnson, G. Fisher, J. Washington and J. Glaisher.

Dates: 1855 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on chronology, geography and tides, 1857 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/472
Scope and Contents Correspondence and printed papers on chronology, geography and the tides. The correspondents include W. Whewell, J.C. Adams, J.R. Hind, J.W. Bosanquet, W.H. Barlow, P.A. Hansen, J.F. Encke, W.H. Smyth, J.B. Biot, J. Washington, W.H. Miller, M. Corbeaux, J. Lee, R. Fitzroy, J.W. Blakesley, Lord Lindsay, J. Williams, J. Wood, P.S. Stanhope, G. Dawson, J.F. Burgoyne, W. Selwyn and D. Livingstone. There is a paper on the date of the death of Olaf the Fat (Saint Olave); a geometric projection of...
Dates: 1857 - 1858
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on chronology, geography and tides, 1862 - 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/477
Scope and Contents Correspondence and printed papers on chronology, geography and tides. The correspondents include J.R. Hind, A. Way, J. Washington, W.H. Smyth, E. Cardwell, C.A. Young, J. Thompson, R. Fitzroy, P.S. Stanhope, A. Cayley, W. Spottiswoode, R.I. Murchison, G. Everest, W. Selwyn, J.D. Forbes, J.H. Speke, G. Grote and T. Cooke. There are calculations of ancient eclipses; a printed paper by P.A. Hansen on secular variation of the mean longitude of the Moon; papers and a tracing relating to Airy's...
Dates: 1862 - 1863
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on chronometer improvements, 1855 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/592
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning refinements and improvements to chronometers, including B. Russell's new escapements, with drawings; J.V. Weber's plan for equalising tension in the main spring, with plans; trials of J.M. Bloxam's gravity clock escapements; J.E. Merritt's compensating pendulum; E.T. Loseby's improvements in clocks, with plans and a description of the Leicester Exchange Clock; S. May's new chronometer balance; J.R. Hall's patent for improved clocks and watches; a hermetic...
Dates: 1855 - 1859
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on chronometer improvements, 1828 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/593
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning improvements and refinements to chronometers, including escapements by G.W. Linderoth, J. Gray, J.C. Bloxam, and W. Eaton; I. Hermann's escapement, with explanations and plans; C.F. Frodsham's experiments on compensator balances; E. Huntingdon's compensating pendulum; a model face of an astronomical clock; H.B. James on his invention, 'the compensator'; extracts from a report on Danish exhibits at chronometer exhibitions; correction of a clock by magnetic...
Dates: 1828 - 1869
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on compass corrections on iron ships, 1849 - 1855

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/687
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers concerning the correction of compasses on iron ships. The correspondents include A. Smith, F. Beaufort, F.W. Beechy, W. Whewell, J. Washington and E. Sabine. The papers include a circular giving notification of a set of lectures on magnetism at the United Service Institution; a newspaper cutting containing a letter by J. Gray on the compasses on the steamer 'Sarah Sands'; pages extracted from 'The Athenaeum' containing two papers by Airy on the correction of...
Dates: 1849 - 1855
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on compass corrections on iron ships, 1855 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/688
Scope and Contents Correspondence, calculations and observations concerning the correction of compasses on iron ships. The correspondents include W.H. Smyth, E. Sabine, W. Scoresby, F.J.O. Evans and J. Washington. The papers include a questionnaire from the Liverpool Compass Committee; a circular advertising the compass bearings of Vauxhall Chimney, Liverpool, as painted on the dock walls, and a map relating the bearings to the buildings along the river; a newspaper cutting and a circular on W. Scoresby's...
Dates: 1855 - 1857
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on compass corrections on iron ships, 1857 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/689
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers concerning the correction of compasses on iron ships. There are papers regarding investigations of compass deviation on the 'Trident'; the work and findings of the Liverpool Compass Committee; changes in the deviation of iron ships' compasses; 'Notes on the arrangements and practice of adjusting the compasses of iron ships at Liverpool'; Dr W. Scoresby's account of the voyage of the 'Royal Charter'; compasses of the 'Great Eastern', with ratings of the...
Dates: 1857 - 1861
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on compass corrections on iron ships, 1861 - 1868

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/691
Scope and Contents Papers concerning discussions on the corrections of compasses on iron ships. The volume includes A. Smith's 'deviation of the compass in iron ships'; horizontal vibration experiments; a memorandum and suggestions by Airy and T.H. Farrer on educating masters and mates in the use of compasses; a letter to 'The Times' on the logs of the 'Anglo-Saxon'; deviations of compasses on the 'Great Eastern'; E. Hopkins' ideas on the demagnetization of ships, found in the 'Shipping and Mercantile...
Dates: 1861 - 1868
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on eclipses, maps and invasion, 1860 - 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/475
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous material on ancient eclipses, Caesar's invasion and computations for map projections, including computations for the eclipses in 851 BC, 841 BC and 1133 AD; B.W. Savile's views on the time-scale of Creation; J.H. Humphrey on Egyptian chronology; the derivation of the names of the days of the week; 'Use and Principles of combined Mercator and Gromonic charts'; the landing places of Caesar and his winter passage of the 'Cavennes'; D. Livingstone's letter in a newspaper concerning...
Dates: 1860 - 1862
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on magnetism and photography, 1855 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/678
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning instructions, magnetic instruments and photographic techniques. The papers include J. Glaisher's report to the Astronomer Royal on examining the magnetic instruments at the Greenwich Observatory; adjustments to vertical force magnets and compasses; sketches of new mountings for dipping needles; discrepancies of dip; alterations of instruments; trials of dipping needles; papers by J.V. Lamont on the form of magnets (one in English, one in German) and...
Dates: 1855 - 1861
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on telegraphic communications, 1858 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/629
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers on telegraphic communications, including the failure of signals and breakdown of equipment; the agreement for use of the telegraph between the Admiralty and South Eastern Railway; renewal of telegraph wires in Greenwich Park; three samples of proposed cables, one being a specimen of Caoutchouc cable, with patent; notes on the arrangement of overhead wires; adjustments to the Greenwich sympathetic clock; R.L. Jones' system of clock regulation by electricity; a theory...
Dates: 1858 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on telegraphs and telescopes, 1859 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/473
Scope and Contents Papers concerned principally with telegraphs and tests on Admiralty telescopes. The material on telegraphs includes tests and observations of deflections by C.F. Varley; a map of telegraph lines; a report on the South Australian telegraph; and a newspaper article on the Atlantic cable. The papers concerning Admiralty tests on telescopes include Airy's reports on his findings and correspondence with R.S. Dundas. Other material includes A. Sedgwick writing on Darwin's Theory in 'The Cambridge...
Dates: 1859 - 1860
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the galvanic longitude of Edinburgh, 1855 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/636
Scope and Contents Papers regarding the operation to discover the longitude of Edinburgh by means of electric telegraph. The papers include material on the arrangement of stars for observation; calculations of longitude at Edinburgh deduced from observations; and instructions and arrangements for those involved in the tests, including J. Washington, W. Ellis, C.V. Walker, C.P. Smyth, J.C. Clark and C.F. Varley. There are also letters on the longitude of Paris by U.J.J. Le Verrier, of Brussels by L.A. Quetelet,...
Dates: 1855 - 1858
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the galvanic longitude of Valentia, 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/637
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers regarding the operation to discover the longitude of Valentia (Valencia), Ireland, by means of electric telegraph. The papers include correspondence on the project's requirements, preparations, arrangements and expenses; material produced during the earlier Ordnance Survey of the island, including tracings of the island and of Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire); papers on the loan of equipment; papers on the method of observation; E. Dunkin's daily journal kept during the...
Dates: 1862
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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