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Miscellaneous papers, 1761 - 1814

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/320
Miscellaneous papers
Miscellaneous papers

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

The collection comprises a large series of observations, calculations, computations and tables, with accounts, booklets, illustrations, journals of voyages, notes, treatises and other material. There is a large volume of correspondence, which reflects the varied nature of the Astronomer Royal's work, and includes correspondence with computers and comparers; letters from Gauss, Piazzi, Zach and Olbers, who contacted Maskelyne at the time of the discovery of the minor planets; and correspondence with Charles Mason about the 1769 transit of Venus. The subjects covered in the collection include marine chronometers and mathematical astronomy, the Schielhallion Experiment, Maskelyne's early life, and Charles Mason's calculation of the Moon's place. The papers are mainly in English, with other languages featuring intermittently.


  • Creation: 1761 - 1814


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 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

Language of Materials


Date information

DateText: circa.

Finding aid date

2005-11-07 15:49:44+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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