Correspondence on the Annual Visitation, 1879 - 1903
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and related papers concerning the Annual Visitations of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory and Visitation Dinners:
Correspondence arranging the annual dinner for the Board of Visitors, including correspondence with the caterers, Messrs Spicer and Pond, and letters accepting and declining invitations to the dinner. The correspondents are A. Carpenter, W.D. Cronin, A.A. Common, W.B. Gibbs, E.H. Griffiths, the Rajah of Jugga Row, N. Langton, A. Siemens, C. Smith and H. Saverby Wallis.
Bill from S. Jobbins Ltd for refreshments supplied for the Royal Observatory Dinner, 1800.
Correspondence regarding the invitations for the Annual Visitation to the Royal Observatory by the Board of Visitors, 1900. The papers include a list of persons to whom invitations should be sent and individual requests to visit the Royal Observatory. The correspondents are W. Ellis, W. Harnett, H.W. Henkel, A. Hilger, S. Kinns, E. Knobel, J. McGill, J.W.H. Pead, W.H. Robinson, W. Shackelton, P.G. Shavell, A. Siemens, C. Taylor, H.H. Turner, H. Toynbee and A. Webster.
Correspondence concerning individual requests to visit the Royal Observatory either on Visitation Day or during the working year, 1900. The majority of the requests were refused. The correspondents are J.S. Ford, D. Forster, G.P. Hopkins, D. King and C.L. Smith.
Correspondence with B. Latham, F.W. Haines and L. Thwaites accepting invitations to visit the Royal Observatory on the occasion of the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors, 1900.
Correspondence with the Lord Mayor, J. Stuart and the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, declining invitations to visit the Royal Observatory on the occasion of the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors, 1900.
List of newspapers, 1900, to whom notice was sent of the 'Annual Visitation day, Royal Observatory, Greenwich', and articles on this subject from 'The Graphic', 30 June 1900; 'Daily Telegraph', 3 July 1900; 'The Times', 4 July 1900; 'Pall Mall Gazette', 3 July 1900; and 'Daily News', 3 July 1900.
Papers from 1900 on Visitation Day, comprising a letter from Charles Pilkington of 'The Graphic' sending photographs of the Royal Observatory taken at the Visitation Day (the photographs are not included in these papers and there is no record of them having been received or recorded); 'Arrangements of Visitation Day, 1901'; and a query from A.R. Westley regarding the proposed date for Visitation Day, 1901.
List of visitors and persons, 1879-1885, to whom invitation cards were sent for the Visitation Days between 1878 and 1885.
Requests for invitation cards for the Visitation Days between 1881 and 1890.
'Visitors' Lists', 1886-1887.
Correspondence concerning requests for invitations to the Annual Visitation Day at the Royal Observatory, c. 1879-1885. The correspondents are C.H. Allworth, T. Brewin, E. Brown, R.B. Clifton, C. Curtoys, R. Cross, T. Cushing, A. Downing, R. Elliott, Sir Gerald Fitzgerald, J. Fontaine, Sir Bartle Frere, H. Fountain, T.A. Hirit, Colonel Hozier, R.L. Jones, E. Kensington, Miss J. Lassell, E. Ledger, N. Smith, W. Pearce, W.G. Thackeray and E. Weiss.
Visitors' lists for the years 1888, 1889 and 1890.
Correspondence concerning requests to visit the Royal Observatory and requests for invitations to Visitation Day, 1887-1889. There are also invitations, accepted and declined. The correspondents are Eleanor A. Armerod, Sir Robert Ball, J.F. La Frobe Bateman, W. Bishop, A. Buchanan, A.R. Clarke, A. Claydon, J. Collett, R. Cross, J.S. Croucher, J.P.K. Curtis, F. Finch, A. Forsyth, J. Greengrass, W.J. Harding, A.G. Harris, J.V.H. Henderson, R. Hicks, B.J. Hopkins, C. Hutchinson, C. Lambert, E. Lankester, the Revd A. Legge, J.B. Lippencott Company, J. Lockyear, J. Laby, M.R. Martin, R. McCheane, S. Phillips, A. Pilkington, W. Pool, C.M. Powell, P. Purvis, D. Reith, W. Sanders, F. Schulss, W. Schooling, Agnes Siberne, E.J. Stone, General J.B. Tennant, H. Toynbee, W.B. Tripp, H.H. Turner, W.P. Wakelin, W. White and W.J. Wickison.
List of the persons invited to the Annual Visitation Day of the Royal Observatory, 1890.
Correspondence concerning requests for invitations to the Annual Visitation Day of the Royal Observatory and letters of thanks and acceptance, 1890. The correspondents are A.S. Birkwell, A. Buchanan, F. Finch, D. Galloway, W.R. Hopkinson, C. Hutchinson, A.G. Harries, W.J. Harding, C.H. Jordan, R.S. Lecky, J.H. Miller, R.C. Nelson, J.W.H. Pead, P. Purvis, A.E. Pilkington, J. Sharp, A. Shirgeon, W.B. Tripp, C.P. Taylor, G.M. Whipple, T. Wright and W.P. Wakelin.
Correspondence with the Accountant General of the Navy on the claims for expenses incurred by the Royal Observatory in connection with the Annual Visitation by the Board of Visitors, 1881-1888.
Envelope containing various letters and cards accepting or declining invitations to a party being held by Christie, 1891. The envelope is marked 'Visitation 1891 - replies to ladies cards', but it is not certain if the party mentioned is actually one of the 'open days' held at the Royal Observatory at the time of the Board of Visitors' Annual Visitation, although the dates coincide (6 June 1891).
Correspondence with hotel managers and tradesmen on menus, bills and other matters relating to the dinner for Annual Visitation Board of Visitors, 1891. The correspondents are C.P. Bertini, G.R. Smith, Messrs Spicer and Pond, H.H. Turner, W.J. Wickison and W. Wharton.
'Claims for expenses incurred in connection with the Annual Visitation of the Board of Visitors to the Royal Observatory, 1891'.
List of signatures of those intending to attend the Visitation Dinner to be held for the Board of Visitors, 1892, and correspondence covering bills and receipts from tradesmen and expenses incurred in connection with the Annual Visitation. The correspondents are A. Fitzgerald and W. Nash.
Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation dinner of the Board of Visitors, 1893, including correspondence with the caterers Messrs Spicer and Pond and Harris Brothers, a list of signatures of those intending to dine, and a copy of the proposed menu.
Correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation dinner of the Board of Visitors, 1894, including correspondence with the caterers Messrs Spicer and Pond and Harris Brothers, a list of those intending to dine, bills and receipts from tradesmen, and a copy of the menu.
General correspondence concerning the arrangement of the Annual Visitation by the Board of Visitors, including correspondence with Harris Brothers organising refreshments, 1897.
Printed copy of the 'London Brighton and South Coast Railway Act, 1903'.
- 1879 - 1903
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- Ball, Robert Stawell, Sir, 1840 - 1913 (Knight, astronomer)
- Downing, Arthur Matthew Weld, 1850 - 1917 (Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac)
- Ellis, William, 1828 - 1916 (astronomer)
- Knobel, Edward Ball, 1841 - 1930 (chemist and astronomer)
- Stone, Edward James, 1831 - 1897 (astronomer)
- Thackeray, William Grasett, 1936 (assistant at Royal Observatory)
- Turner, Herbert Hall, 1861 - 1930 (astronomer and seismologist)