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Papers on Government superintendence, 1873 - 1875

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/7

Scope and Contents

Notes on John Flamsteed intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of an extract from the parish register of Burstow, Surrey.

Notes on Edmond Halley intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of a biography by F.W. Simms, an extract from 'The Weekly Visitor', and a copy of the inscription on his gravestone.

Notes by F.W. Simms on Halley's Comet intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory.

Notes by Airy on James Bradley intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory.

Notes on Nevil Maskelyne intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, with an extract from a book. There are also notes from one of his volumes, dated 30 July 1779.

Newspaper cutting on John Pond intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory.

List of Assistants at the Royal Observatory from 25 March 1765 to 7 July 1807.

Printed manuscript relating to the proceedings of the Board of Longitude in regard to the recovery of Dr Bradley's observations.

Letter of appointment of Captain Hall, Royal Navy, as Naval Secretary, 1872.

Letters concerning the resignation of Admiral Richards and the appointment of Captain Evans as Hygrographer, 1873-1874.

Letters relating to a leave of absence for the Astronomer Royal, 1873.

Admiralty circular concerning regulations for appointments abroad, 1872.

Letters confirming the appointment of A.M.W. Downing to the post of Junior Assistant, 1873.

Correspondence concerning the appointment of an assistant to the Photographic and Spectroscopic Department, 1873-1874, with examination results of the two candidates and letters regarding the appointment of E.W. Maunder.

Correspondence concerning the resignation and death of the watchman T. Smallwood, the gratuity to his widow, and the appointment of W. Freeman, 1873.

Letters of resignation from J. Glaisher, Superintendent of the Magnetical and Meteorological Department, and letters concerning his retiring pension, 1874. There is also a telegram from the Admiralty, 1 December 1874.

Letters concerning the appointment of W. Ellis as Superintendent of the Magnetical and Meteorological Department and the appointment of W. Lynn as First Class Assistant, 1874-1875. There are also some prints of photographs by Ellis of Oxford and flowers.

Correspondence relating to the appointment of W. Thackery as Second Class Assistant, 1874. There is also a telegram from the Civil Service Commissioners, 10 February 1875.

Letter from the Civil Service Office telling Airy that one of the candidates he allowed to compete for the Nautical Almanac Office has gained the post, 1875.

Letter from the Civil Service Office concerning short-sightedness, 1875.

Inquiry as to the mode of appointment to the assistancy at the Royal Observatory, 1874.

Application for employment by J.F. Atkinson, 1875.

Application for employment by L.E. Rees, 1875.

Letter of inquiry from Mr Gladstone to Airy about the right of N. Beardmore to a pension, 1873.

Letter of petition favouring G. Cruikshank for a knighthood, sent to Airy, 1873.

Letter of petition of Mrs J.C. Adams for a pension, sent to Airy, 1873.

Letter from A. Butler asking for a job, 1874.

Correspondence concerning the sending of a report and a regulations paper of the Royal Observatory to J. Simon, 1874.

Letter from the editor of the 'Imperial Calendar', 1873.

Letter from the Consul General for Portugal requesting a copy of the regulations of the Royal Observatory, 1873.

Letter from the Admiralty requesting Airy's presence at the annual distribution of prizes at the Greenwich Hospital School, 1874.

Returns showing the sums expended and number of visitors to the British Museum and other scientific institutions during 1860-1870.

Account of the income and expenditure of the British Museum for the year ending 31 March 1873.































































Dates

  • 1873 - 1875

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Extent

1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials

English

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