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3. J. FERGUSON: Astronomy, 9th edition, p. 40 (London, 1790).

4. See the Observatory's Minute-Book. This book is in manuscript, and there is only one copy of it, kept naturally at the Observatory, so that it seems pointless to give page references to it. I shall refer to it frequently; I have no doubt that it is accurate, since every reference that I have been able to check has proved to be correct.

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32. Ibid., p. 25. 33. Ibid., p. 24.

34. Ibid., p. 36. See also HOGG. op. cit.

35. Ibid., Pt. II, p. 3. Letter from Robinson to Sabine, 28 July 1853.

36. Ibid., Pt. II, p. 22. Letter from Robinson to Sabine, 15 Dec. 1862.

37. Ibid., Pt. III, p. 41-2. Letter from Severn to C. W. Merrifield..

38. Ibid., Pt. III, p. 46. Letter from Robinson to Sabine, 7 May 1870.

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51. See the last line of Robinson's annual Report to the Board of Governors for 1877, contained in the Minute-book.

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96. Month. Not. R.A.S., 116, 161 (1956).

     

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