Supplement to the Account of the Revd. John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer-Royal
William Clowes and Sons, 1837 - 77 pages
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Page 718 - ... (as I did for a time last autumn, and again since Christmas, in making the table of refractions,) I can endure them, and go through them well enough. But when I am about other things, (as at present,) I can neither fix to them with patience, nor do them without errors, which makes me let the moon's theory alone at present, with a design to set to it again, and go through it at once.
Page 706 - When I set myself wholly to calculations, I can endure them, and go through them well enough ; but when I am about other things (as at present), I can neither fix to them with patience nor do them without errors, which makes me let the moon's theory alone at present, with a design to set to it again and go through it at once.
Page 723 - to make me uneasy, others out of a sincere desire to see the happy progress of my studies, not understanding amid what hard circumstances I lived, called hard upon me to print my observations.
Page 746 - Sir, I am ready to put the observations into the press, as soon as they, that are concerned, shall afford me assistants to copy them and finish the calculations. But if none be afforded, both they and I must sit down contented, till I can finish them with such hands as I have ; when I doubt not, but to publish them, as they ought to be, handsomely and in good order; and to satisfy the world, whilst I have been barbarously traduced by base and silly people, that I have spent my time much better than...
Page 747 - This advice is not so severe as that of Flamsteed's own particular friend Dr. Smith. " My advice is that you represent your case nakedly, clearly, and -without any flourish, or without any kind of resentment, as you are a philosopher and a mathematician, and above all, as you are a clergyman."—Baily's Flamsteed, pp 293 and 747.
Page 750 - I leave to her as a token of the sincere love, affection, and esteem I have long had for her person, and as a small recompense for the pleasure and happiness I have had in her conversation.
Page 732 - our astronomical observer" at a salary of £100 per annum, his duty being "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 699 - I can do is to lay in a stock of observations — as I have done — for the primary planets, whereby posterity may be enabled to proceed where I am forced to leave off through the envy of ill men, lest I should impoverish my nearest relations, whom I am bound for justice and conscience to take care of, since they are in no capacity to provide for themselves.
Page 685 - Flamsteed a list of about 150 places of the moon with the errors or differences between the observed and computed places.
Page 725 - Mr. Thomas Brattle of Boston in New England is the anonymous person alluded to by Newton in his Principia as having made such good observations of the comet of 1680: but he says, in his letter to Flamsteed, that he took no great pains on the subject.