Papers, 1856-59

Papers, 1856-59

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...and urgently insisted upon his appointment. He also told me that the funds of the Observatory had become so impaired that even the donation of Mrs. Dudley had been seriously encroached upon; that the income of two or three years would be needed to restore it to its original amount of $50,000; that the other donations had been mainly expended, and that the Observatory would be dependent for the coming year upon the appropriation of $2000 made by the Legislature for determining the longitude, which sum had been promised to the Trustees; that this appropriation was absolutely secure, whole and available, having been intended by the Legislature as a contribution to the Observatory, and obtained avowedly for this purpose; and that it could be drawn at any time he desired, provided that the good will of the Regents was retained; that no immediate determination of the longitude was necessary, but that the law would be so construed that the making of astronomical observations competent to afford an approximate determination of the position of the Observatorywould be regarded as a determination of the "true meridian," and authorize the payment by the State to the Observatory at once; that he was unwilling to call upon me to make the additional sacrifices which a removal to Albany would entail, but that if I would appoint Dr. Peters assistant under me, and retain the direction of affairs while residing in Cambridge, this $2000 could readily be drawn for the purpose of paying his salary for three years, at the expiration of which time Mrs. Dudley's donation of $50,000 would be again whole; that if I were willing to remove to Albany and take immediate control of the Observatory as soon as the dwelling house should be habitable, he would still...
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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 494g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583000
  • 9781236583000