A letter to the Board of Visitors of the Greenwich Royal Observatory in reply to the calumnies of Mr. Babbage at their meeting in June 1853, and in his book entitled The exposition of 1851

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Printed by G. Barclay, 1860 - Astronomers - 37 pages
 

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Page 10 - But what my power might else exact, — like one Who having unto truth, by telling of it, Made such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie...
Page 19 - Hodge's barn, Your herds for want of water stand adry, They're weary of your songs — and so am I.
Page 25 - Licensed Dealers in Dead Cows and Horses, &c., &c., with the exception of a fragment of Mahogany, specially reserved, at the request of several distinguished Philosophers, which, on account of the great anxiety expressed by Foreign Astronomers and Foreign Astronomical Instrument Makers, to possess, when converted into Snuff Boxes, as a souvenir piquant of the state of the Art of Astronomical Instrument Making in England during the I gth Century, will, at the conclusion of the Sale, be disposed of,...
Page 30 - The remembrance of his former threats more than four years before at the Visitation at the Admiralty, added to the knowledge of the unremitting perseverance with which he had carried on his hostility to Sir J. South, satisfied me that it would be unsafe for the cause of truth, and possibly injurious to myself, if I were not to take measures for making known the nature of the weapons which the Rev. R. Sheepshanks was employing. As he had ventured, after my having given evidence on oath, to threaten...
Page 32 - South's old friends and acquaintance amongst men of science only, however, were alienated from him. One man was alarmed by the fear that some inaccuracies in his astronomical publications should be severely criticised. Of another it was hinted that his mathematics were all wrong, and might be shown up. Those who were timid feared the anger of the dominant party ; those who were young might have their prospects blighted by even appearing in friendly relations with. him who supported the unequal conflict...
Page 88 - OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS. 1. THE Council may at any time call a Special General Meeting of the Society. 2. At least three days...
Page 25 - Metal. &c., &c, being the Metal of the GREAT EQUATORIAL INSTRUMENT Made for the Kensington Observatory, BY MESSRS TROUGHTON AND SIMMS, The Wooden Polar Axis of which, by the same Artists, and its Botchings cobbled up by their Assistants, Mr AIRY and the Rev. R. SHEEPSHANKS, were, in consequence of public advertisement on the 8th of July 1839, purchased by divers Vendors of Old Clothes...
Page 31 - Airy, who was afterwards appointed Astronomer Royal, had long before become as deeply engaged as his friend, Mr. Sheepshanks, in this most unfortunate quarrel. Years of aggravating delay and discussion resulted from the procrastinated reference, and at length one of the parties, Mr. Troughton, being dead, a decision not satisfactory to either was given in December, 1838. But the inextinguishable desire ' to put down Sir James South...
Page 91 - ... brightness, at first very gradually, but at last more rapidly, up to a central point, which, though very much brighter than the rest, is yet evidently not stellar, but only nebula in a high state of condensation. It has in it a few small stars; but they are obviously casual, and the nebula itself offers not the slightest appearance to give ground for a suspicion of its consisting of stars.
Page 28 - I had no part, and with whose origin I am unacquainted, seems to have had an unanticipated effect in impeding the construction of the Calculating Engines. At the time of the foundation of the Astronomical Society, Sir James South, whose observatory and whose house were hospitably open to every cultivator of astronomy, was on terms of intimate friendship with almost all of those persons at that period most eminent in science. It is sufficient to mention the names of Wollaston and Davy, and to add...

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