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A plan of the harbour of Port Praya in the island of St. Iago, Africa, 1791

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Mm.06.48: 133r

Scope and Contents

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'Letters, Memoranda, and Journal, containing the History of Mr William Gooch [Fellow of Caius College], Astronomer of the Daedalus Transport: from the time of his entering College in 1786, to his premature end in 1792.' These letters, the greater portion of which are in Gooch's own writing, and written to his parents, give a complete history of his life, the assistance he met with in enabling him to come to College, the examination for his degree (1791), his appointment as Astronomer, and accounts of his voyage. There are many letters of Dr Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal, to Gooch's father after the son's death, notes of the father's, and lengthy extracts made by him from his son's journal. At the end are some papers formerly in Sir Joseph Banks's possession, of which the last gives a detailed account of Gooch's death: several rough pen and pencil sketches are introduced. Prefixed is a letter from C. Nichols, an Alderman and Justice of the Peace at Yarmouth, and a statement respecting the volume by Dawson Turner, Esq., who donated it.


  • Creation: 1791


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1 folio(s) (1 folio) : Paper

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Date information

DateText: date is inferred.


Gooch, William

Original geographic information

São Tiago [subject]

Finding aid date

2013-01-08 12:35:19+00:00

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