|Manuscript version of the paper submitted to the Royal Society for publication. Received on 16 October 1863 and read on 19 November 1863. Published as 'Catalogue of nebulae and clusters of stars', by John Frederick William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, v.154 (1864) pp.1-137.
The introduction, explanation and arrangement of the catalogue, notes, references to published figures of nebulae, and the list of errata and corrigenda to Sir William Herschel's catalogues of 2,500 nebulae was presented in a single preliminary manuscript gathering in Sir John Herschel's hand.
The catalogue itself was submitted on large printed forms, each sheet headed: 'Sir J.F.W. Herschel's General Catalogue of Nebulae'. Information on the nebulae is set out in twelve columns, including summary descriptions in abbrevated form.