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Official instructions, 1879 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/2

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Letter from J. Hall of the Admiralty requesting a list of all officers and clerks employed by the Royal Observatory who are 60 years of age or over, 1879, with a reply including the requested list.

Letter from J. Hall requesting a list of all employees of the Royal Observatory who are directors of public companies, 1879.

Correspondence between Sir George Airy and Admiral Sir Cooper Kay, 1880, containing a request by Kay to visit the Royal Observatory in order to see the general organisation of the establishment, with a letter in reply agreeing to this request.

Letter from E. MacGregor concerning the failure of certain employees to obtain Civil Service Certificates, 1884.

Copy of the 'Superannuation Act 1884'.

Letter from Christie informing the Secretary of the Admiralty of the employees at the Royal Observatory who had not obtained certificates, 1884.

Reply from E. MacGregor admitting J. Henry and W.C. Nash to the benefits of the superannuation Scheme, 1885.

Letter from E. MacGregor enclosing a Treasury Minute on the subject of 'Civil Servants who may become candidates for seats in the House of Commons', 1884.

Memorandum on the subject of 'Official secrecy and reserve', 1886, with an attached reprint of the Treasury Minute of 5 March 1884.

Letter from Christie requesting a further five copies of the above memorandum, 1886.

Letter from the Admiralty confirming that the copies will be sent to Christie, 1886.

Memorandum on the 'Establishment of New Forms', 1886.

Letter from E. MacGregor informing staff of the complaints procedure and suggesting that each Civil Service establishment nominate a representative, 1886.

Letter from E. MacGregor enclosing the regulations for annual proposals of new works, 1887, with a set of specimen forms.

Letter from E. MacGregor regarding the placing of four new fire extinguishers, 1887.

Reply from Christie giving the deposition of the new fire extinguishers around the Royal Observatory, 1887.

Correspondence between the Accountant General and Christie dealing with details of the length of employment of the staff at the Royal Observatory, 1887.

Copy of the Treasury Minute on 'Civil Establishments', 1889.

Copy of an Order-in-Council of 21 March 1890 relating to clerks of the second division.

Extract from the 'London Gazette' of 25 March 1890.

Extract from 'The Times' on the 'Royal Commission on Civil Establishments', 1890.

Letter from Christie to the Secretary of the Admiralty, 1891, requesting a copy of an Order-in-Council of 15 August 1890 concerning the upper division of the Civil Service, with a letter from E. MacGregor enclosing the copy.

Extract from the 'London Gazette' of 19 August 1890.

Letter from Christie to the Secretary of the Admiralty, 1891, requesting a copy of the Admiralty memorandum of May 1882, with a copy of the memorandum.

Account of instruments and stores, 1888-1892, with correspondence on the requirements of the Exchequer and Audit Departments.

Correspondence concerning a request by a committee of the House of Commons dealing with stores and accounts that the Astronomer Royal attend, 1892.

Correspondence on the subject of W.J. Wickison's defalcations and subsequent dismissal, 1892-1893.

Extract from the report of the Astronomer Royal to the Board of Visitors, 4 June 1836.

Statement showing the duties and responsibilities of each of the scientific staff, 1892.

Memorandum on the observing duties of assistants, 1892.

Statement of 1892 showing the increase in the chronometer duties between 1851 and 1892.

Document showing the average annual number of observations from annual reports for periods of five years, 1892.

Document showing increases in the vote for computers [1892].

Document showing the arrangement of office duties, 1892.

List of present staff at the Royal Observatory, 1892.

Correspondence on the instructions given for the transfer of the Royal Observatory's bank accounts to the Astronomer Royal's name during C. Cass's temporary appointment as cashier, 1894.

Memorandum on designs and estimates on new works, buildings, etc., 1896.

Letter from the Ordnance Survey Office enclosing a supply of forms, one of which is filed with the letter, 1897.

Letter from the Admiralty authorising the repayment of the cost of a truss purchased by W. Manns, the gate porter, who ruptured himself while on duty at the gatehouse, 1897.

Correspondence with the Admiralty, 1897, regarding seats for the 'Queens Diamond Jubilee Procession and Naval Review'.

Letter and memorandum regarding new contracts for Admiralty printing and a notice of changed contractors, 1897.

Letter from the Foreign Office appointing Christie Companion of the Bath, 1897.

Letter to the Director General recommending that W. Manns be fitted with a truss at the expense of the Admiralty, 1900.

Document titled 'Workman's Compensation Act 1897', with a letter from the Admiralty, 1900, asking that the 12 enclosed copies be posted in prominent places and that a further 24 copies be distributed among the workmen. There is also a document titled 'Scheme of compensation in case of injury to workmen in Government Establishments'; a copy of a contract to be signed by all the workmen; correspondence on the 'Workmen's Compensation Act'; and ten signed contracts for the 'Scheme of Compensation', signed by the following employees: Frederick Barnards, John Carter, John Harding, William Hassett, Charles Hoyes, William McManus, Thomas Minifee, Gordon Niblett, James Porteons and Walter Woodman.

Correspondence with the Admiralty and the Board of Visitors on the subject of a new Warrant being required by the Astronomer Royal due to the death of Queen Victoria, 1901.

Printed copy of the above Warrant, 23 May 1902.

Letter from the Treasury Chambers to the Admiralty approving a grant of special leave to all civil servants who are members of a volunteer battalion and are sent on training, 1901.

Circular from the Ordnance Survey Office titled 'Notifications relative to the supply of Geological Survey Publications to Public Departments', 1901.

Set of blank, undated requisition forms and a receipt voucher for ordnance survey maps on permanent use and loan.

Letter from the Admiralty on determining pensions, 1902.

Correspondence with the Admiralty on the appointment of a standing committee to relieve all departments of unnecessary clerical duties, 1902.

Circular from the Ordnance Survey Office regarding late return of maps on loan for a limited period, 1902.

Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding tickets for the official stands to view the 'Coronation Procession' and 'Royal Progress Through London', 1902.

Letter from the Admiralty informing the Astronomer Royal that he is no longer required to countersign cheques, 1902.

Letter from the Admiralty regarding persons employed at the Royal Observatory for a certain number of years being eligible for the 'Imperial Service Medal', 1902.

Letter from the Admiralty giving the King's approval of the uniform of the 3rd class being worn by the Astronomer Royal, 1903.

Documents and correspondence regarding a new inventory of the furniture of the Royal Observatory by the Naval Stores Branch, 1903.

Letter from the Admiralty increasing the limit for new works from £500 to £2000, 1903.

Letter from the Admiralty regarding expenditure not provided for in estimates, 1904.

Printed copy of 'The Admiralty Seniority Lists', 1905.

Correspondence regarding Lord Cawdor's remark in the 'Blue Book' that 'the work of the Royal Observatory is only indirectly of practical use to the Navy', 1905, with the Astronomer Royal's objection to this remark and an extract from 'The Times', 11 December 1905, containing a letter by H.H. Turner refuting Lord Cawdor's claims.

Extract from the 'Daily Graphic', 12 December 1905, titled 'The Observatories and the Navy'.

Extract from the 'Kentish Mercury', 15 December 1905, discussing a statement made by Lord Cawdor.

Copy of H.H. Turner's letter to 'The Times' mentioned above, 1905.

'A Statement of Admiralty Policy', 1905.

Memorandum from the Admiralty titled 'Travelling Expenses', 1906.

Memorandum from the Lord Chamberlain's Office regarding forms of dress and giving instructions as to when gloves should be worn, 1906.

'An Official Instruction regarding excesses in Navy votes and subheads', 1906.

Letter from the Admiralty regarding travelling expenses, 1906.


  • Creation: 1879 - 1906


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Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:39:13+00:00

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