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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 283-287
TitleLetter from C. Piazzi Smyth to Isambard Kingdom Brunel
DescriptionWritten from Edinburgh. The letter describes the progress that has been made on Smyth's various observational instruments including anemometers, which he describes in detail as to its construction and working, and the spontaneous horizon points. The letter mentions some speeches and papers that Smyth gave about his work to the Bristol Association and names various people to whom samples of his apparatus and copies of his paper have been sent. Smyth mentions the various letters that he has written to Mr Cooke who is manufacturing the instrument for him and the lack of response that he has had. The letter also responds to Mr Stephenson's invitation for Smyth to make observations on Tenerife, explaining that the spring is not the best season to make the observations that Smyth wanted and that he is thinking of getting a government grant to support the acquisition of the relevant instruments and mentions that Smyth raised it at a recent meeting of an unspecified group or society which were supportive in principle but afraid of being rejected by the government. The letter asks several questions about weather conditions on the Peak in the spring and early summer.
Date5 October 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent5 pages
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