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Papers on Government superintendence, 1861 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/5

Scope and Contents

Correspondence relating to the missing volume of minutes of the Board of Visitors for the years 1784 to 1830. There is also correspondence on the extraction of minutes relating to the Royal Observatory from the Council Minutes of the Royal Society. The letters date from 1861.

Letter and notes on the burial place of John Flamsteed, 1863.

Note by J. Carpenter concerning the 'Old Equatorial', 1864.

Memorandum concerning the supposed location of James Bradley and Nevil Maskelyne's thermometers, 1864.

Letter from L.S. Watts regarding Molyneux's manuscripts and any reference to Molyneux at the Royal Observatory, 1866.

Letter from the Revd C. Pritchard concerning the production of a popular article on the Observatory, 1867. The start of the letter is missing. There is a reply from Airy.

Correspondence between Airy and J. Yates concerning Nathaniel Bliss, 1867-1868, including a brief history of his life.

Letters concerning the restoration of Bradley's Monument, 1869, with an extract from the 'Shroud News' on Bradley's life and death.

Official instructions to the Astronomer Royal, 1848-1869.

Letters requesting leaves of absence for the Astronomer Royal, 1861-1869.

Letters regarding the infirmity of M. Sheeky, the gate porter, and the appointment of a man to assist him, 1863-1864.

Correspondence relating to the resignation of J. Stride, labourer at the Royal Observatory, and the appointment of H. Liffin, 1863-1864.

Correspondence relating to the resignation of T. Downs, Magnetic Assistant, and the appointment of W.C. Nash, 1863.

Correspondence relating to the resignation of E. Wellman, extra porter, and the appointment of J. Hobbs, 1864.

Letters concerning the appointment of R. Tuddenham as gate porter, 1864.

Application of G.J. Symons for the Directorship of the Meteorological Observatory, 1865, including an autobiography and references.

Application of J.D. Everett for the Directorship of the Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory, 1865.

Letters regarding the suggested exchange of assistants between the Cape and Greenwich, 1867.

Correspondence regarding W. Lynn's candidature for ordination by the Bishop of Rochester, 1868.

Correspondence regarding W. Ellis's candidature for employment in the Post Office, 1869.

Correspondence concerning the vacancy in the Savilian Professorship of Astronomy at Oxford, 1869.

Testimonials for the Mastership of Rochester Grammar School, sent to Airy for references, 1861.

Letters from Airy forwarding the claims of G. Akers for the Royal Hospital Schools, 1861.

Address of condolence to the Queen on the death of the Prince Consort, 1862.

Request from the Post Office for information for their Directory, 1862.

Letter to Admiral Lushington about the porter wearing a laced coat, 1863.

Notices relating to Admiralty offices, 1863-1869, and an application form for the post of clerk in the Civil Establishments under the Admiralty.

Letter of inquiry from Airy to Captain Becker asking about the health of the Hydrographer, 1863.

Replies to dinner invitations to celebrate Her Majesty's birthday, 1861-1867.

Letter asking for information about the Observatory for the 'Imperial Calendar', 1862.

Letter concerning the building of a monument to Kepler, 1862.

Letters relating to the appointment of Captain Richards as Hydrographer, 1864.

Correspondence regarding B. Sly's request for a nomination for a clerkship for his son, 1864-1868.

Note to the editor of 'Les Mondes' regarding the incorrect name of an author, 1864.

Letters concerning Sir C. Bright, a proposed candidate for the Borough of Greenwich at the General Elections, 1865.

Nomination of E J. Routh as a candidate for a naval cadetship, 1868.

Copy of a Treasury Minute cautioning public officers against using political influence to obtain an increase of salary or allowance, dated 2 May 1867, with an accompanying letter.

Letters relating to a request from the French Consul for information on the administration of the Royal Observatory, 1867-1868.

Correspondence concerning a robbery from the Observatory cash box and from Airy's residence, 1868-1869, with newspaper articles dated 8 August 1868.

Letter from Professor James Clerk Maxwell concerning his candidature for the Principalship at St. Andrews University, 1868.

Letter from S.P. Langley asking assistance with a biography of Sir J.W. Lubbock, 1868.

Letter to the shipowners of England, 1864.

Letter from the Business Directories Company, 1865.

Note from 'Whitaker's Almanac'.


  • Creation: 1861 - 1869


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