Nevil Maskelyne

Maskelyne, Nevil

British astronomer (1732-1811). Autograph letter signed. Greenwich. 20.06.1798. 3 pp. on bifolium. 4to.
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Extensive letter to Messrs. Loggen & Pearson, Attorneys at Law: "Sir, Inclosed with this letter I send you No. I, II, and III accounts between Mr. Buckton, printer, and the Commissioners of Longitude: the first for cash, and the second & third for paper. The Committee of the Board desire that both the printed sheets and the remaining blank paper of both works may be delivered at Mess. Elmsly & Bremner their booksellers, with all convenient speed; and if the blank paper in hand should not be found adequate to what it should be by the accounts II & III the value of it may be deducted from the ballance due to Mr.

Buckton. I have just received a letter from Mr. Barton Greenwood, mentioning that his material for printing & other effects must be immediately sold, the whole of which are estimated at about £160. He wishes to know whether any assistance by way of advance can be made to him to redeem his materials, which may be secured to the Board till the advance shall have been discharged. He understands these materials have been expressly provided for the works of the Board of Longitude & Board of Ordnance (the latter for printing the Greenwich Observations) and would be so depreciated as to sell but for oldweight, being useless to any one not being by them employed. He wishes for my answer [...]". - Traces of old folds; slight duststaining..

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Maskelyne, Nevil

British astronomer (1732-1811). Autograph letter signed. Greenwich. 04.07.1804. 1 p. on bifolium with integral address panel. 4to.
$ 1,223 / 1.200 € (73899/BN47797)

To the mathematician and engineer Davies Gilbert (1767-1839, then still Davies Giddy): "Dear Sir, I have reveiced your letter, & am sorry my note of last Saturday did not reach you in time. I now acquaint you that the Visitors of the Royal Observatory dine at the Green Man, next Friday, the 6th instant, two days hence, where your company & your father's will be agreeable, if it shall suit you. I look forward to having the pleasure of your company & your father's some to day to spend here. But am engaged next Monday.

Next Friday Sennight the 13th instant our club at the Globe will meet again, & we expect Baron Maseres to attend, where your company & your father's will be agreeable to dine at five o'clock [...]". - Traces of old folds; address leaf shows traces of opened seal..

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