An Account of the Revd. John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer-royal: Compiled from His Own Manuscripts, and Other Authentic Documents, Never Before Published. To which is Added His British Catalogue of Stars, Cor. and Enl

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By order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1835 - Astronomers - 672 pages
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Page 111 - forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page 166 - And, therefore, I desired Dr. Gregory to write to Dr. Wallis against printing that clause which related to that theory, and mentioned me about it. You may let the world know, if you please, how well you are stored with observations...
Page 284 - ... Halley has spoiled ; and take care of the correction of the press myself, provided you will allow me the naming of the printer, and that all the last proof sheets may be sent to Greenwich, at my charge, by the penny post, and not printed off till I have seen a proof without faults ; after which, I will proceed to print the remaining part of the Catalogue as fast as my health, and the small help I have, will suffer me. But if you like not this, I shall print it alone, at my own charge, on better...
Page 37 - Court, to receive his proposals ; with power to elect, and to receive into their number, any other skilful persons : and, having heard them, to give the King an account of them, with their opinion whether or no they were practicable, and would show what he pretended. Sir Jonas Moore carried me with him to one of their meetings, where I was chosen into their number; and, after, the Frenchman's proposals were read : which were 1. To have the year and day of the observations : 2. The height of two...
Page 158 - ... hard labour, which I should never have undertaken but upon your account, and which I told you I undertook that I might have something to return you for the observations you then gave me hopes of, and yet, when I had done, saw no prospect of obtaining them, or of getting your synopses rectified.
Page xxxiii - I do not love to be printed upon every occasion, much less to be dunned and teased by foreigners about mathematical things, or to be thought by our own people to be trifling away my time about them, when I should be about the King's business.
Page xxxiii - You may let the world know, if you please, how well you are stored with observations of all sorts, and what calculations you have made towards rectifying the theories of the heavenly motions. But there may be cases wherein your friends should not be published without their leave ; and therefore I hope you will so order the matter that I may not, on this occasion, be brought upon the stage. I am your humble servant, 'Is. NEWTON.
Page 234 - This set of observations we report the fullest and completest that has ever yet been made ; and as it tends to the perfection of astronomy and navigation, so, if it should be lost, the loss would be irreparable.
Page 284 - I have spent a large sum of money above my appointment, out of my own estate, to complete my catalogue, and finish my astronomical works under my hands. Do not tease me with banter, by telling me that these alterations are made to please me, when you are sensible nothing can be more displeasing nor injurious, than to be told so. Make my case your own, and tell me...
Page xxv - From this period we date the commencement of modern astronomy. The invention of the telescope, and the introduction of the clock, then first used for astronomical purposes, were vast improvements on the ancient mode of observing ; and their beneficial effects were immediately apparent.

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