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Papers on the engagement of computers, 1881 - 1900

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/134

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and other papers regarding the employment of computers. The letters include enquiries about vacancies and potential candidates and notification of the result of applications.

(1) Letters and other papers concerning the engagement of computers:

Letter from W. Saunders requesting employment, with a memorandum from W. Ellis on this matter, 1881.

Letter to W. Saunders offering employment, with a memorandum from W. Ellis on this subject, 1881.

Two letters from H. Dolman requesting employment, with replies from E. Dunkin, 1881-1882.

Letter to H. Dolman offering employment to his son, with Dolman's letter of acknowledgement, 1882.

Letter from J. Knowles requesting employment, with a reply from E. Dunkin and J. Knowles's response to that, 1882.

Letter to J. Knowles offering an examination place, 1882.

Letter to J. Knowles offering employment, 1882.

Letter from F. Finch requesting employment, with a reply offering an examination place, 1882.

Letter to F. Finch offering employment, 1882.

Letter to A. Scott concerning the failure of 'Horton' in the examination, 1882.

Letter from the Headmaster, Royal Hospital School, concerning possible candidates, 1883.

Letter from E. Dunkin asking for further information about 'Horton', with a reply from the Royal Hospital School, 1883.

Letter offering employment to John Hawton, 1883.

Letter of thanks to Greenwich School for recommending a computer candidate, 1883.

Letter to L. Fisher offering employment, 1883.

Letter to G.H. Gooding offering employment, 1883.

Letter from W.H. Robinson requesting employment for his son, with a reply from E. Dunkin, 1882.

Letter to W.H. Robinson offering an examination place to his son, 1883.

Letter offering employment on a trial basis to F.C. Robinson, 1883.

Letter to A. Scott requesting the names of possible examination candidates, with his reply recommending three names, 1883.

Letter to A. Scott asking the candidates to take the examination, 1883.

Letter to A. Scott offering employment to R. Woodgate, 1883.

Letter to A. Scott requesting the names of examination candidates, with a reply from Scott offering two names, 1883.

Letter to A. Scott offering examination places, 1883.

Letter from E. Finch requesting an examination place, with a reply from E. Dunkin offering a place, 1883.

Letter to E. Finch offering employment, 1883.

Letter to F. Wilkins offering employment, 1883.

Letter to S. Phillips offering an examination place, with a reply, 1884.

Letter offering employment to S. Phillips, with a letter of acceptance, 1883.

Letter offering employment to H.J. Willoughby, with a letter of acknowledgement, 1885.

Letter from James Letchford offering his son for candidacy, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885.

Letter to F.H. Letchford expressing regret that there are no vacancies, 1885.

Letter to F.H. Letchford offering a position, with his letter of acceptance, 1885.

Letter from H.A. Wise requesting employment at the Hydrographer's Office, 1885.

Letter from H. Turner explaining a mistake, 1885.

Letter from J. Wise requesting that his son's name be put forward for examination, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885.

Letter of reference from [Browne] for Herbert Wise, 1885.

Letter to H. Wise offering employment, 1885.

Letter from F. Hope asking to sit the examination, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885.

Letter to F. Hope offering employment, 1885.

Letter from F. Barrow seeking employment, with a reply from H. Turner, 1885.

Letter to F. Barrow offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1886.

Letter from H. Turner to F. Barrow, 1886.

Letter from A.E. Pilkington regarding the examination for the post of computer [1885].

Letter to A.E. Pilkington offering employment, 1886.

Letter to A. Cochrane offering employment, with a reply accepting the post, 1887.

Letter from H. Turner to A. Cochrane, 1887.

Letter from H. Bishop concerning the examination results, 1888.

Letter from H. Turner to H. Bishop explaining the position, 1888.

Letter to H. Bishop offering employment, with his reply accepting the post, 1888.

Letter from Wm Russell asking for employment, 1888.

Letter to W. Russell offering a place at the examination, 1888.

Letter to W. Russell offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1888.

Letter from R. Tweed requesting employment, 1888.

Letter to W.J. Wickerson offering an examination place, 1888.

Letter to W.J. Wilkinson offering employment, 1888.

Printed sheet of 'Regulations for Supernumerary Computers', 1888.

Letter from H. Turner and W. Kumber asking to sit the computers' examination, with a reply offering places, 1889.

Letter to A. Escott offering an examination place, 1889.

Letter to A. Escott offering employment, with a reply from A. Scott stating that Escott has declined the offer, 1889.

Letter to H. Turner offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1889.

Letter from A.E. Gleave requesting an examination place, with a reply offering him a place, 1889.

Letter to A.E. Gleave stating that he cannot be offered employment, 1889.

Letter from A.E. Gleave wanting to know whether he passed or failed the examination, with a reply providing this information, 1889.

Letter from A.E. Gleave asking for employment, with a letter of reply, 1889.

Letter to A.E. Gleave offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1889.

Letter to Roan School offering boys places at the next examination, with a reply from the headmaster accepting the offer and a letter to him offering that the school be advised of vacancies, 1889.

Letter to Ridge offering employment, 1889.

Letter to A.P. Mishen offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1889.

Letter from E. Maunder regarding S. Temple's candidature as a computer, 1889.

Letter to S. Temple offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer and a memorandum on this subject by W. Ellis, 1889.

Letter to G.A. Allworth offering an examination place, with his letter of acceptance, 1889.

Letter to G.A. Allworth offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1889.

Letter to H. Appleyard regretting that there is no offer of employment, 1889.

Letter to A.E. Scott regretting that there is no offer of employment for C. Martin, 1889.

Letter from A.E. Scott requesting employment, 1889.

Letter to A.E. Scott engaging C. Martin for employment, with Scott's letter of acknowledgement, 1889.

Letter from F.F. Claxton requesting employment, 1890.

Letter to F.F. Claxton offering him a place at the next examination, with a letter to him giving details of the examination and another offering employment, 1890.

Letter to A.E. Scott requesting candidates for the examination, 1890.

Letter from A.E. Scott giving details of C. Davidson as a candidate, 1890.

Letter to A.E. Scott offering employment to C. Davidson, 1890.

Letter to H. Appleyard giving details of the next examination, 1890.

Letter to H. Appleyard offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1890.

Memorandum regarding R.W. Cheeseman as the only candidate, 1890.

Letter from R.W. Cheeseman concerning employment, 1890.

Letter to R.W. Cheeseman offering an examination place, 1890.

Letter of notice to R.W. Cheeseman concerning the examination, 1890.

Letter to R.W. Cheeseman offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1890.

Letter from R.W. Cheeseman detailing mistakes in personal data, 1890.

Letter to A.E. Scott asking for candidates, 1891.

Letter to D. Edney offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1891.

Letter to H. McManus stating that he cannot be offered employment due to his poor result in the examination, 1890.

Letter to H. McManus offering employment, 1891.

Letter from O.T. Tuck requesting an examination place, 1891.

Letter to O.T. Tuck giving details of the next examination, 1891.

Letter to Captain Collins offering an examination place to his school, with his letter of acknowledgement, 1891.

Letter to O.T. Tuck giving details of the next examination, 1891.

Memorandum regarding O.T. Tuck, 1891.

Letter to O.T. Tuck offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1891.

Letter to G.A. Youngman giving details of the examination and requesting names, 1892.

Letter to [M Bridges] detailing the next examination, 1892.

Letter from Greenwich School stating that no boys are available, 1892.

Letter from G.A. Youngman giving the details of one boy, with a letter on this subject from Robert Rendell in which he also asks for employment, 1892.

Letter to G.A. Youngman from the Astronomer Royal, 1892.

Letter to R. Rendell offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1892.

Letter from C.B. Lacey requesting examination details, 1892.

Letter to C.B. Lacey offering employment, 1892.

Letter to W. Walker offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1892.

Letter from W.H.M. Christie to W.J. Wickerson detailing the engagement of W. Bowyer, 1892.

Letter from W. Bowyer asking to sit the examination, 1892.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford asking for candidates for the examination, 1892.

Letter to [name indecipherable] asking for candidates for the examination, 1892.

Letter to [name indecipherable] inviting attendance at the examination, 1892.

Letter from G.C. Pulsford giving details of four candidates, 1892.

Further letter from G. Pulsford giving the details of a new candidate, 1892.

Letter to F. Johns offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892.

Letter to F. Gillingham offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892.

Letter from J.H. Bell suggesting a candidate for employment, 1892.

Letter to J.H. Bell directing him to send his son to the examination, 1892.

Letter to A.G. Bell offering employment, with a reply accepting the offer, 1892.

Letter to Ridge requesting character details, with his reply providing this information, 1892.

Letter from P. Beadle enquiring about computer ships, with a reply, 1892.

Letter from P. Beadle detailing future plans, 1892.

Letter from P. Beadle offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1892.

Letter to the Headmaster, Royal Hospital Greenwich, giving details of the next examination, 1893.

Letter to the Headmaster, Roan School, giving details of the next examination, 1893.

Letter to the Headmaster, Boys' Orphanage, giving details of the next examination, 1893.

Memorandum from the Astronomer Royal requesting that notice of the next examination be sent to various people, 1893.

Letter from the Headmaster, Royal Hospital School, giving the names of candidates. 1893

Letter from the Boys' Orphanage stating there are no boys available to take the examination, 1893.

Letter from Mr Wenborn asking for his son to be placed on the list, 1893.

Circular letter sent to examination candidates, 1893.

Letter of acceptance from E. Wenborn, 1893.

Letter to E. Wenborn requesting his age and testimonial, with his reply giving these details, 1893.

Testimonial for E. Wenborn, 1893.

Letter to E. Wenborn offering employment, with his reply accepting the offer, 1893.

Letter from G. Pulsford giving the results of the examination, 1893.

Letter from G.C. Pulsford accepting employment on behalf of E.H. Banks, 1893.

Letter to G.C. Pulsford offering employment to H. Turner, 1893.

Letter from G.C. Pulsford accepting employment on behalf of H. Turner, 1893.

Letter to P. Marchant offering employment, with his letter of acceptance, 1894.

Memorandum by H. Turner, 1894.

Further letter to P. Marchant, 1894.

Letter from P. Showell requesting information as to the next vacancy, 1894.

Letter to P. Showell offering employment, 1894.

(2) Applications for employment as supernumerary computers:

Correspondence with H. Testard, R. Hughes and W.V. Barnett concerning employment, 1891.

Applications for employment as computers from J.H. Bradford, W.G. Jeffrey, E. Hilbert, W.G. Lefevre, S. Wise, W. Mitchell and A.J. Wilkins, 1893.

Applications for employment as computers from S.W. Coen, W. Stevens, E. Lowe, A.F. Clarke, H. Brown, C.L. Wise, H.B. Cornwell and F.J. Follett, 1894.

Applications for employment as computers from E. Gurr, W.A. Gunner, H.H. Turner, Miss McElderry and H. Wilson, 1895

Applications for employment as computers from Allworth, W. Bartlett, J. McLennan and J. Evans, 1896.

Applications for employment as computers from C. Jefferies, P.A. Dupere, H. Childs, H. Sloley, C. Hopkins, P.M. Rydes, J. Lushbrook, H. Dixon-Hewitt and A. Langbourne, 1897.

Applications for employment as computers from W.H. Hoare, A.E. Showell, Mr Munro, Miss F. de Ferry and W.W. Harrison, 1898.

Applications for employment as computers from J.P. O'Callaghan, A. Coulson, J. Staples, W. Wilson, H. Windsor, T.R. Redmayne, R.G. Herget, W. Wittingdale and T. Alery, 1900.























































































































































































































































































































Dates

  • 1881 - 1900

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Extent

1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials

English

Former / Other Reference

M3

Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:44:01+00:00

Includes index.

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