Reports of Samuel B. Ruggles: Delegate to the International Statistical Congress at Berlin, on the Resources of the United States, and on a Uniform System of Weights, Measures and Coins

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Weed, Parsons & Company, Press, 1864 - Coinage - 137 pages
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Page 94 - That at the annual meeting of the Association of Chambers of Commerce of the United Kingdom...
Page 106 - Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall prevent the Sale of any Articles in any Vessel, where such Vessel is not represented as containing any Amount of Imperial Measure, or of any fixed, local, or customary Measure heretofore in use.
Page 30 - Chain, and the Sierra Madre, stretching longitudinally and in lateral spurs, crossed and linked together by intervening ridges, connecting the whole system by five principal ranges, dividing the country into an equal number of basins, each being nearly surrounded by mountains, and watered by mountain streams and snows, thereby interspersing this immense territory with bodies of agricultural lands, equal to the support not only of miners, but of a dense population.
Page 30 - This vast region is traversed from north to south, first, on the Pacific side, by the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, then by the Blue and Humboldt ; on the east, by the double ranges of the Rocky Mountains, embracing the...
Page 58 - House, together with a great mass of evidence and tabular appendices : " 1. That the use of the metric system be rendered legal. No compulsory measures should be resorted to until they are sanctioned by the general conviction of the public. 2. That a Department of Weights and Measures be established in connection with the Board of Trade.
Page 96 - Commons appointed a select committee of fifteen members to ' consider the practicability of adopting a simple and uniform system of weights and measures, with a view not only to the benefit of internal trade, but to facilitate trade and intercourse with foreign countries.
Page 41 - ... struggling for existence even in the country which gave it birth ; as its universal establishment would be a universal blessing ; and as, if ever effected, it can only be by consent, and not by force, in which the energies of opinion must precede those of legislation...
Page 60 - ... required to convert a series of quantities into new denominations. International commerce is also impeded by the same cause, which is productive of constant inconvenience and frequent mistake. It is much to be regretted that two standards of measure so nearly alike as the English yard and the French metre should not be made absolutely identical. The metric system has already been adopted by other nations besides France, and is the only one which has any chance of becoming universal. We in England,...
Page 17 - ... among each other. Let them still be rivals, but rivals in the noble race of social improvement, in which, although it may be the lot of one to arrive first at the goal, yet all will equally share the prize, all feeling their own powers and strength increase in the healthy competition.
Page 104 - I measure), has been taken as being the ten-millionth part of the quadrant of a meridian passing through Paris ; that is to say, the ten-millionth part of the distance between the equator and the pole, measured through Paris. It is equal to 39-3707898 inches. The metre is divided into one thousand millimetres, one hundred centimetres, and ten...

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