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Papers on Government superintendence, 1855 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/4

Scope and Contents

Note on the history of Hardy's Clock, with a few words from J. Henry, 1854.

Extract from 'Notes and Queries' about the publication of John Flamsteed's 'Historia Coelestis', 1856, and a letter to Airy regarding Flamsteed's works.

List of assistants of Dr Nevil Maskelyne, sent to U.J.J. Le Verrier, 1858.

Correspondence with Dr P.M. Roget, 1859, concerning the missing Minutes of the Board of Visitors preceding 1830.

Extracts from 'Notes and Queries', 1860, relating to a 'Petition to Government to send observers to observe the transit of Venus 1761' and to a 'Petition to Government' in 1771 for additional salary for an assistant to the Astronomer Royal.

Correspondence regarding leave of absence for the Astronomer Royal, 1855-1859.

Letter of application from C.V. Walker in the event of the establishment of a Department of Time Signals, 1855.

Correspondence regarding the resignation of C. Todd, Assistant at the Royal Observatory, and the appointment of G. Criswick, 1855.

Papers on the death of J. Henry, Second Assistant; the rise of assistants in grade; the appointment of W. Lynn to Seventh Assistant; and Mrs J. Henry's application for a pension. There is also a table showing the salaries of the Astronomer Royal and his assistants, dated 1 September 1856.

Papers on the resignation of H. Breen, Fourth Assistant, and the promotion of W. Ellis to Fourth Assistant, 1858-1859.

Papers on the examination of W. Ellis, including questions and answers on pure mathematics, applied mathematics, stations, elongations of an inferior planet, reflection at plane surfaces and reflection at two plane surfaces.

Letters regarding applications to the post of Junior Assistant prompted by the resignation of H. Breen, 1858-1859.

Paper on the examination of J. Carpenter, a candidate for the Junior Assistancy, 1859, including questions and answers on Euclid, algebra and trigonometry.

Papers on the appointment of J. Carpenter to the post of Junior Assistant, 1859, and a letter from the Accountant General stating the salary and dates of employment of Carpenter's last job.

Papers on the resignation of R. Main, First Assistant at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and the application for a pension made to the Treasury via the Admiralty, 1860.

Correspondence with E.J. Routh concerning the negotiations for his appointment to the First Assistancy, 1859-1860.

Correspondence with N. Fenner concerning the negotiations for his appointment to the First Assistancy, 1860.

Correspondence with E.J. Stone concerning the negotiations for his appointment to the First Assistancy, 1860.

Letters regarding the application of the Revd G.B. Atkinson to the post of First Assistant, 1860.

Letter from Dr H. Peeling applying for the post of First Assistant, 1860.

Letter from R. Pagson applying for employment as an assistant should a post arise, 1860.

Letters requesting Airy to sit on the board reviewing the examination of candidates for the Military Academy, Woolwich, 1855.

Correspondence relating to Dr J. Drew's astronomical diagrams, 1855-1856, including an index of the diagrams.

Notices from the Educational Museum, Kensington; correspondence relating to the model of the transit circle; an account of the uses and methods of use of the transit circle; and a map showing the location of the Educational Museum. The items date from 1857.

Two works by R. Rawson on arithmetic and mensuration; letters from the Admiralty asking Airy for a report on these works; and Airy's report and comments. The items date from 1857.

Letter from Oxford University concerning astronomical professorships, 1857.

Letter concerning the Admiralty scientific manuals and a questionnaire on the manuals from the Admiralty, 1858.

Correspondence concerning Portsmouth Naval College students studying at Cambridge, 1858.

Letter from the Duke of Newcastle concerning a national work on the astronomical features and terrestrial physics of the British Empire, with a letter of reply from Airy, 1859.

Airy's letter to 'The Athenaeum' replying to an article in the 'Morning Chronicle' of 20 August 1856, with a printed reply from the paper, 1856.

Admiralty memorandum relating to London postal divisions, 1857.

Invitation to dinner by Sir C. Wood, 1855.

Letter to Sir C. Wood regarding the resignation of his office, 1858.

Invitation to dinner by the First Lord of the Admiralty, 1859.

Letters relating to the Duke of Somerset's residence at the Admiralty, 1859.

Letter from the Post Office concerning their London Directory, 1860.

Application from M. Collins for the headmastership of the lower school of the Naval Asylum, 1859.

F. Buck's application for his son to be presented to the Greenwich Naval Hospital School, 1860.

T. Smallwood's application for a situation for his son in any Government office, with Airy's reply, 1854.

Answer to an insurance company's queries regarding the state of H. Breen's health, 1857.


  • 1855 - 1860

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