Skip to main content

Essay chapter in which Joseph Shee criticises the Board of Longitude, 1818

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 465-471

Scope and Contents

The chapter is entitled ‘Of epochs and of the opposition made to them by such people as enjoy the title of Astronomers, when no Astronomy can be had out of them’. Shee is critical of the Board of Longitude and of their reception of his work, asking, for example, ‘Pray, who has authorised you to govern the Celestial Bodies’ [RGO 14/40: 466r] and comparing his own treatment by the Board to the ‘inhumane’ treatment received by Copernicus [RGO 14/40: 468r].
Marked ‘51’, the essay is numbered in five sections from 12-15.


  • Creation: 1818


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


7 folio(s) (7 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials


Date information

DateText: date is inferred.


Shee, Joseph

Original geographic information

London [destination]

Original geographic information

Seville [origination]

Finding aid date

2012-05-29 09:56:04+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom