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Gill, David, Sir, 1843 - 1914 (Knight, astronomer)

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Found in 79 Collections and/or Records:

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Accounts for scientific studies, 1855 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/782
Scope and Contents Undated financial accounts for various scientific studies, including the time ball at Deal; transit of Venus, 1874; New Lunar theory; Arctic expedition; Loan Exhibition of Scientific Instruments at South Kensington; reductions of Sydney, Roorkee, Adelaide and Melbourne; colonial transit of Venus results; longitude of Vienna and Berlin; and Mr Gill's expedition.
Dates: 1855 - 1880
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1871 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/173
Scope and Contents Letters and papers concerning new inventions; trials of existing and improved instruments, especially the transit circle, altazimuth and equatorial telescopes; improved techniques; and adjustments to various instruments. The correspondents include W.H.M. Christie, G.G. Stokes, J. Glaisher, Sir D. Gill, C.V. Walker, G.M. Whipple, W. De La Rue, W. Huggins, A.C. Ranyard, F.A.T. Winnecke, J.T.R. Robinson, A.V. Auwers, A. d'Abbadie, Y. Villarceau, J.R. Hind, W.B. Clarke and Sir W. Thomson. There are...
Dates: 1871 - 1873
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 Government grants correspondence, 1887 - 1926

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/241
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers concerning the Government grants administered by the Royal Society.(1) Correspondence on Government grants, 1887-1895Letter from G.G. Stokes requesting a £300 grant on behalf of D. Gill, 1887.Letter from M. Forster suggesting a meeting to discuss the merits of the claim, 1888.Letter from J. McLaren on behalf of W. Peck, 1888, regarding a grant towards a photographic survey of the northern skies, with Christie's...
Dates: 1887 - 1926
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 instruments, surveys and publications, 1880 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/76
Scope and Contents Correspondence on different aspects of the work of the Cape Observatory:(1) Cape Observatory InstrumentsCorrespondence between G.B. Airy, W. De La Rue and D. Gill regarding the proposed large equatorial for the Cape, 10 April - 13 November 1880, with Airy's report to the Admiralty of 10 November 1880.Correspondence between G.B. Airy and J. Simms regarding iron stands for small transits, including diagrams, 21-28 July 1880.Correspondence between G.B. Airy and the...
Dates: 1880 - 1929
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 meteorology and meteor showers, 1879 - 1895

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/112
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding meteorology and the sighting of meteor showers, divided into eight sections:Correspondence between D. Gill and the Meteorological Office, London, regarding the supply of equipment, barometers, etc., to the Cape Observatory, 18 March 1879 - 5 April 1884.Correspondence between D. Gill, the Meteorological Commission and various individuals on the preparation of annual weather reports and measurements made, 30 May 1879 - April 1895.Correspondence...
Dates: 1879 - 1895
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 photographic magnitude, 1909 - 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/218
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding photographic magnitudes in relation to astrographic charts:Correspondence with E.C. and W.H. Pickering of Harvard College concerning various aspects of astrographic charts and the determination of photographic magnitudes, 1909-1912, with Circular No. 150 on standard photographic magnitudes of the polar sequence and photographs of the north polar sequence stars.Correspondence with various individuals concerning photographic magnitudes, 1911, with various...
Dates: 1909 - 1912
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 publications, 1880 - 1916

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/78
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the distribution of Cape publications by the Astronomer Royal at the Cape to various individuals, other observatories and universities. There is also correspondence concerning the sending of copies of the volumes to the Cape, 16 October 1903 - 25 February 1916, with a distribution list for the publications prepared by David Gill. There is a separate section on the binding of the Cape heliometer observations, 1881-1883, and the purchase of books and publications for the...
Dates: 1880 - 1916
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 publications, 1894 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/79
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to publications of the Cape Observatory, including correspondence between W.H.M. Christie and the West India Docks and agents, 30 September 1896 - 9 December 1901; requests for copies of various Cape publications and arrangements made with the Observatory to meet these requests, 3 March 1903 - 17 July 1911; correspondence between the Admiralty, Christie and D. Gill on the distribution of publications and whether it should be increased to include more observatories and...
Dates: 1894 - 1911
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 staff appointments, 1880 - 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/77
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the appointment of staff at the Cape Observatory:Letter on the appointment of a mechanic and two Kroomen, 24 August 1880.Correspondence regarding the appointment of W.H. Cox as Junior Assistant, January-September 1883.Correspondence concerning the appointment of J. Read, R. Woodgate and A. Cochrane as computers, and general correspondence between D. Gill and W.H.M. Christie on the difficulty of finding computers, March 1889 - February...
Dates: 1880 - 1911
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 Anglo-German Boundary Survey, 1896 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/123
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Anglo-German Boundary Survey, with an index. The volume is divided into six sections:Preliminary correspondence regarding the survey, 14 September 1896 - 9 June 1900, including instructions for D. Gill to go to Berlin to confer with the German authorities, 25 September 1896, and arrangements for financing the work. A letter of 20 April 1900 mentions the relief of Mafeking.Correspondence with the Consul General for Germany, Cape Town, on setting up...
Dates: 1896 - 1900
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 Anglo-German Boundary Survey, 1900 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/124
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Anglo-German Boundary Survey, with an index. The volume is divided into ten sections:Correspondence with foreign governments on the expedition for fixing the frontier between German South West Africa and British Bechuanaland, 16 May 1904 - 5 September 1906.Correspondence with the High Commission, including reports from Major Laffan on work being carried out; the appointment of an assistant, Mr B. de Vos Heathie, 19 December 1902; and part of the...
Dates: 1900 - 1906
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 British Association visit to South Africa, 1901

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/189
Scope and Contents Volume I of a series of correspondence regarding the visit of the British Association to South Africa in 1905. This volume contains correspondence with various organisations and individuals in England. It begins with a letter from D. Griffin, Secretary of the British Association, asking if it is possible to meet in Cape Town, with a reply from Gill stating that this is not possible due to Boer unrest. Subsequent items include Gill's letter of 6 August 1902 making a formal invitation to the...
Dates: 1901
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 British Association visit to South Africa, 1902 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/191
Scope and Contents Volume III of a series of correspondence regarding the visit of the British Association to South Africa in 1905. These letters relate largely to the section of the visit which involved the Transvaal. They include correspondence between David Gill and the High Commissioner's Office, the South African Association for the Advancement of Science, the Colonial Secretary's Office, the British Association and the British Association Reception Committee in Johannesburg. There are also minutes of...
Dates: 1902 - 1906
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 British Association visit to South Africa, 1902 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/192
Scope and Contents Volume IV of a series of correspondence regarding the visit of the British Association to South Africa in 1905, divided into the following sections:1. Correspondence with Natal, 8 August 1902 - 8 March 1906, including correspondence between David Gill, the Natal Governor, the Secretary of the British Association and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science; details of the timetable at Natal; press cuttings, May 1905; and details of various arrangements for the...
Dates: 1902 - 1906
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 Cape Observatory, 1907 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/105
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the operations of the Cape Observatory. An index at the beginning lists the following sections: History of the Observatory; Admiralty - Official Instructions; Reports to the Admiralty; Leave of Absence; Appointments and Retirements of Assistants; Hydrographer; Commander-in-Chief, Simon's Town; Money, Grants and Salaries; Appointment of Her Majesty's Astronomer; Estimates; Sir David Gill; and Miscellaneous.
Dates: 1907 - 1909
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 Cape Observatory, 1910 - 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/106
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the operations of the Cape Observatory. An index at the beginning lists the following sections: History of the Observatory; Admiralty - Instructions; Reports to the Admiralty; Her Majesty's Astronomer - Leave of Absence; Assistants and Established Staff - Appointments and Resignations; Hydrographer; Commander-in-Chief, Simon's Town; Money, Grants and Salaries; Estimates; Correspondence with Sir David Gill; and Miscellaneous.
Dates: 1910 - 1914
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 Cape Observatory and Survey, 1875 - 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/97
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the Cape Observatory and Survey, divided into eight sections:Official correspondence between G.B. Airy, E.J. Stone and the Admiralty, 28 March 1876 - 3 November 1877, including a report on the Cape Observatory by Stone for 11 August 1874 to 31 August 1876, with remarks by Airy; a copy of the 'Cape Catalogue of Stars for 1840'; and letters concerning the salaries of those working at the Cape.Official correspondence, 31 January - 12 December 1879,...
Dates: 1875 - 1879
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 Durban Observatory, 1881 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/194b
Scope and Contents Letters regarding the founding of an observatory at Durban. Most of the correspondence is between D. Gill and R. Pett, but there is also some correspondence with Grubb of Belfast.
Dates: 1881 - 1890
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 Rhodesia Geodetic Survey, 1897 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/101
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the Geodetic Survey of Rhodesia, including correspondence between D. Gill and Earl Grey on the initiation and general progress of the survey; a letter from the Acting Administrator, Salisbury, to Gill (fos 121-122), giving instructions for the primary triangulation to be carried out; correspondence with the Surveyor-General, Salisbury, 1897-1900 (fos 153-310); and correspondence with the British South Africa Company, 1897-1900 (fos 311-781).
Dates: 1897 - 1900
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 South Africa Geodetic Survey, 1879 - 1882

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/98
Scope and Contents Correspondence, telegrams and other papers concerning the Trigonometrical Survey of South Africa. The volume is indexed at the front and each piece of correspondence is numbered. The contents include the following items:A printed pamphlet of correspondence, despatches, etc., 1880, relating to the survey, indexed and with a list of contents. There are several attached maps. Originals of D. Gill's submissions to the Governor-General.Reports by the Hydraulic Engineer on...
Dates: 1879 - 1882
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 South Africa Survey, 1900 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/120
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers on the Topographic Survey of South Africa and the Arc of the Meridian, divided into four sections:'Topographical Survey of British South Africa': correspondence and reports, 1902-1905, relating to D. Gill's proposal and plans for the topographical survey, including the 'Proceedings of Congress' held at Cape Town, March 1904, and Minutes of the Inter-Colonial Council Select Committee on Surveys, 7 June 1905.'Miscellaneous': letters to D. Gill...
Dates: 1900 - 1906
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 Southern Durchmusterung, 1879 - 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/136
Scope and Contents Correspondence of David Gill with various individuals regarding work on the Southern Durchmusterung, divided into sections by correspondent:Professor J.C. Adams, Cambridge, 13 March 1888.Dr A. Auwers, Berlin, 9 May - 1 June 1887.A.A. Common, Ealing, 20 June 1887 - 7 July 1899.Thomas Dollmeyer, London, 21 November 1882 - 9 November 1887.T. and P. Henry, Paris, 13 February - 20 May 1885.M.L. and W. Huggins, London, 22 January 1883 - 25 September...
Dates: 1879 - 1890
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 transit of Venus, 1880 - 1883

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/134
Scope and Contents Correspondence of David Gill regarding the transit of Venus of 6 December 1882, as observed from various stations in South Africa, including discussion of weather conditions, particularly rainfall, and the instruments to be used. The volume is indexed and divided into sections. The first section concerns the selection of sites. There is also a printed sheet of financial instructions to observers (piece no. 60) and a printed booklet, 'Instruction To Observers' (piece no. 72).
Dates: 1880 - 1883
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 signals, 1879 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/108
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the operation of various time signals, divided into the following sections:'Time Signals. General Manager of Telegraphs': correspondence between D. Gill and managers of the Telegraph Department on the operation or failure of the time balls, 1879-1890.'Time Signal and Clocks at Cape Town Docks': correspondence between D. Gill and the Table Bay Dock and Breakwater Trustees, Cape Town, concerning the operation of the clocks at the dock and the time ball,...
Dates: 1879 - 1880
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 transit of Venus, 1868 - 1881

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/271
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to the transit of Venus, 1874. The correspondents include J.C. Adams, W. De La Rue (with a photograph), R.L.J. Ellery, B.A. Gould, R. Grant, Sir W. Huggins, Lord Lindsay, Sir D. Gill, Sir J.N. Lockyer, Sir T. Maclear, Dr R. Copeland, R. Main, E.J. Stone, C. Meldrum, N.R. Pogson, R.A. Proctor, H.C. Russel, C. Todd, Major Tennant, Dr Oppolzer, J.C. Houzeau, J.A.C. Oudemans, P.A.E. Laugier, A. d'Abbadie, C.E. Delaunay, U.J.J. Le Verrier, O. Struve, Dr P.J.E. Janssen, G. Von...
Dates: 1868 - 1881
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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