Skip to main content

Letter from William Dawes to Nevil Maskelyne, 1788-11-17

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 290-293

Scope and Contents

Reporting on his work at the observatory in Sydney. Dawes reports that he had seen nothing of the comet and complains that his duties as Engineer and Officer of Artillery were preventing him from attending to the observatory, which had soured his relationship with the Governor. He asks that a suitable person be sent out to take over the Observatory before his six years there had expired. He also reports the naming of Maskelyne Point.


  • Creation: 1788-11-17


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 (


4 folio(s) (4 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials


Original geographic information

London [destination]

Original geographic information

Sydney [origination]

Original geographic information

Sydney [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-11-22 15:22:56+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom