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

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/40: 471-478

Scope and Contents

Shee outlines his encounters with the Board of Longitude from October 1816 and their treatment of him, which caused him to ask for the return of his papers despite being offered funds to continue with his work. He also discusses Harrison’s lunar observations and says that he had discovered that the lunar tables were founded upon an erroneous supposition which meant that longitude could not be determined by them [RGO 14/40: 474]. He refers to himself as ‘the only true longitude discoverer that has ever existed’ [RGO 14/40: 474v].
The essay is marked ‘52’ and numbered in five sections from 15-18.

Dates

  • 1818

Creator

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Extent

8 folio(s) (8 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

Date information

DateText: date is inferred.

Originator(s)

Shee, Joseph

Original geographic information

London [destination]

Original geographic information

Seville [origination]

Finding aid date

2012-05-28 17:30:42+00:00

Repository Details

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