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Papers on Government superintendence, 1830 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/1

Scope and Contents

Papers on the archaeology of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1830-1848, including material on the transfer of the Observatory to the Admiralty Department and the formation of a new Board of Visitors. There is also H.C. Schumacher's 'ephemeris of Distances of the planets from the Moon's centre'; extracts from the reports of the Visitors, June 1815 - December 1818; and extracts from notes by J. Henry, 1812-1825, with a few words relating to buildings.

Manuscripts of the Board of Longitude, 1840-1841, and a copy of James Bradley and Nathaniel Bliss's observations at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1743-1762, made from these manuscripts.

Correspondence of Airy with the Admiralty, 1832-1835, and royal warrants sent to him by King William IV and Queen Victoria.

Official instruction as to the general regulation of the Royal Observatory, 1835.

Remonstrance to Lord Ellenborough and subsequent correspondence on the submission of Airy's papers to the criticism of Dr J.T.R. Robinson, 1846.

Airy's first report to the Admiralty after taking charge of the Royal Observatory, 1835.

Letter from the Admiralty asking permission to visit the Royal Observatory, 1838.

Reply to a letter from the Admiralty which asked for a report on the assistants provided with apartments or receiving compensation, 1836.

General report on the Royal Observatory for the Lord's Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1836.

Report to W. Richardson, in a letter to Sir C. Wood, 1836.

Correspondence with all parties relating to leave of absence for lectures at Cambridge, 1836.

Application for lengthening unsanctioned leave of absence, written to the Admiralty, 1836.

Applications for special leave of absence by Airy, 1837-1847.

Letters relating to the appointment and removal of assistants, 1835-1848.


  • Creation: 1830 - 1848


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2005-12-21 12:42:46+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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