Reference numberNLB/20/138
Alternative reference numberNLB/20 p95
TitleCopy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Superintendent, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, Washington, D.C.
Date10 February 1900
DescriptionHarrison has held on to his correspondent's letter for a few days. It seems pretty clear from the minutes he has quoted that Messrs Dixon and Mason were in America in 1765 and that the Royal Society had knowledge of their employment in determining the second line, but although Harrison has been through the Council Minutes from 1760 to 1765, he can find no record there of those observers being employed by the Society for the boundary survey. Harrison thinks this odd as their previous employment as observers of the transit of Venus is described in full detail in the minutes. It would appear the men were employed by Lord Baltimore and Mr Penn in a private capacity, very probably on the recommendation or nomination of Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal, but of that he has no record in the minutes.
Physical descriptionManuscript
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA5553Maskelyne; Nevil (1732 - 1811)1732 - 1811
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