Skip to main content

Papers concerning occasional observers, 1849 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/43

Scope and Contents

Papers concerning occasional observers and miscellaneous items:

Correspondence with occasional observers, 1849-1872: Dr A.V. Auwers, Mr A. Wagner, Mr Campion, Mr Carpmael, R.C. Carrington, J. Challis, Mr Cuiswick, Captain Drayson, Mr Englesen, Lieut. Fergusson, Mr J. Glaisher (Jnr), Mr R. Grant, Lieut. Elaguine, Mr R.J. Mann, Mehemed Effendi, Hacki Effendi, Mr Morton, Sir J. Murray, Captain Onimaney, Revd Perry, Lieut. Rikatcheff, Major Said, Mr Schlagintweit, J. Stuart and Lieut. Wrangell.

Regulations for the Chief Assistant of the Royal Observatory, 1870.

Occasional observers and miscellaneous items, 1849-1873.

Correspondence regarding the attainments required in assistants at the Royal Observatory, 1856-1857, including correspondence on educational books suitable for further study by the assistants.

Letters concerning the Assistant Registrarship of London University, 1870, with a testimonial to W. Lynn, 3 January 1870.

Letters concerning the Savilian Professorship, 1870, and a testimonial to E.J. Stone, 7 January 1870.

Correspondence, 1859-1873, concerning W. Lynn's request for direction in his studies, 27 September 1859; the examination of Mr Davis and recommendation of studies, 25 January 1861; and remarks on the neglect by the junior assistants of the courses of education and scientific preparation recommended to them, 4 December 1861.

Letters concerning the certificates of fitness of computers to observe with the transit circle and altazimuth, 1856-1870.

Memoranda on the state of calculations and distribution of astronomical work, 16 August 1858; distribution of work, March 1865; and assistance for work in the Time Department, February and October 1869.

Notes on the commencement of meteorological and magnetical term days, 1852; a letter concerning W. Ellis's calculations of some places of mnemosyne; a note on J. Glaisher's change of residence; and correspondence about an examination by E.J. Stone for the University of London. The items cover 1852-1864.

Correspondence concerning the delivery of a letter to the Royal Observatory for someone unconnected with it, magnetic disturbances due to computers, the non-observation of the Moon and bad photographic paper, 1865-1871.

Indexes of the arrangement of papers for the Royal Observatory, 1865-1871, with a letter to the Duke of Northumberland concerning a paper punch.

Correspondence, 1850-1871, concerning the porters; the application for a cloak for M. Sheeky; Sheeky's attendance at muster; the introduction of his son to Commodore Shephard; assistance to Mr Murphy's son concerning a job; the disturbances caused by Tuddenham's wife; assistance to watchman T. Smallwood's son; his demands for candles; his illness; and his lantern.

Correspondence, 1856-1870, concerning the receipt of a letter addressed to Mrs Belville; the entry of Mrs Belville into the Royal Observatory grounds without ringing the bell; a woman seen on the 'Magnetic Grounds'; Mrs Pollaky inquiring about her brother; and E.J. Stone sending letter cases to Airy.


  • Creation: 1849 - 1873


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 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-01-03 10:55:34+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom