Skip to main content

Guardbook of letters, 1674-03 - 1719-03

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 1/37

Scope and Contents

The contents of a guardbook of letters received by Flamsteed, 162 folios. The dorses have often been used by Flamsteed for rough calculations. The correspondents include several people connected with Flamsteed's living of Burstow or with other property. The volume includes a printed notice advertising William Whiston's experiment to find the speed of light and sound (150r).

The correspondents are Stephen Gray; [Dr] John Arbuthnot; 'E.B.' [probably to Mrs Flamsteed, telling the story of a ghost seen by Mrs Bargrave]; John Gisborne, Derby (senior and junior?); H. Greatorex, Derbyshire; Richard Tomkinson, Derbyshire and Staffordshire; William Hawkins; Isaac Hawkins, Nottinghamshire; Dr Th. Hill, Peterborough; Henry Jacob; [Dr] White Kennett, Lowthorp; Sir Jonas Moore; Samuel Molyneux; the Earl of Orkney; James Pound; Francis Peck, Burstow; Mat[thew] Randall, Chichester; Captain Henry Stanyan (including letters to Mrs Flamsteed); Robert Stafford; Thomas Smith; Samuel Spateman; John Smith, tenant, Staffordshire; Stephen Thornton, Kent; Francis Thompson, London; Lieutenant Henry Thomas; Richard Waller (for the Royal Society); Matthew Wright; R. Walsh; John Witty; William [Lloyd, Bishop of] Worcester; and George Young.


  • Creation: 1674-03 - 1719-03


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 (


1 archive box(es) (1 box)

Language of Materials