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Correspondence and essays on Joseph Shee's discovery of a fixed point, 1813 - 1818

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 444-478

Scope and Contents

Fourteen letters concerning Joseph Shee, Vice Consul of Seville, and his invention of an instrument for the discovery of 'the fixed point' and his ‘star dial’. The letters are largely from Shee, but also include correspondence between Captain Thomas Hurd and Josias Weeks (a friend who wrote to the Board on Shee's behalf), a letter from William Cosens (the partner of Weeks), and a copy of a letter Shee wrote to his son, Joseph. Also included are two essays in which Shee is critical of the Board, which show that he was offered funding to construct his invention of a star dial, but refused this on the grounds of ill-treatment by the secretaries of the Board [RGO 14/40: 465-471 and RGO 14/40: 471-478].


  • Creation: 1813 - 1818


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35 folio(s) (35 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials



Shee, Joseph; Weeks, Josias; Hurd, Thomas; Cosens, William

Original geographic information

Seville [subject]

Finding aid date

2011-12-16 10:31:05+00:00


Repository Details

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