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Appointments of the Astronomers Royal, 1713 - 1762

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/302

Scope and Contents

Various letters and copies of the royal appointments of the Astronomers Royal.

1. Letter from the Royal Society, 5 March 1713, requesting the 1712 observations.

2. A copy of the official royal appointment of Nevil Maskelyne as Astronomer Royal, with the signature of the Earl of Sandwich.

3. A copy of the official royal appointment of James Bradley as Astronomer Royal, with the signature of Holles Newcastle.

4. A copy of the royal warrant for employment and payment of a salary of £100 per annum to John Flamsteed, 4 March 1675, with the signature of J. Williamson.

5. A copy of the official royal appointment of Edmond Halley as Astronomer Royal, 9 February 1720, with the signature of the Earl of Stanhope.

6. A copy of a notice by H. St John, Whitehall, 12 December 1710, to purchase and improve the instruments at the Observatory.

7. A copy of a letter from H. St John, Whitehall, 12 December 1710, setting out conditions for the Astronomer Royal to adhere to and giving notice to repair or replace defective equipment.

8. A copy of a warrant awarding a salary of £250 per annum to James Bradley, 15 February 1752, ratified for Nathaniel Bliss, 13 July 1762. The warrant is signed by H. Pelham, J. Campbell, G. Greenville and G. Lyttelton.















Dates

  • 1713 - 1762

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials

English

Finding aid date

2005-11-07 15:15:54+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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