Moses Moon (1754-1822) was a Bucks County, Pennsylvania resident. He spent his entire life living and working at his family's Woodbourne Estate in Bucks County as a farmer, horticulturist and surveyor. The collection consists of what Moon called his Cyphering Book, containing drawings of the solar system, and the positions of the stars dated 1772, as well as a copy of a deed with a map on the reverse from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, dated 1787.
Detailed notes from Alexander Wilson's "American ornithology," including item numbers from Peale's museum. Also two loose pages in vol. 1 attributed to John Abbot; Case for 2 volumes says "George Ord -- Birds of North America. Original manuscript."
A member of a family of early 19th century artists and instrument makers that included Cornelius, John, and William Fleetwood Varley, Cromwell J. Varley shared in the family interests in astronomy.
The Journal of Astronomical Observations includes brief notes on telescopic observations of comets, stars, and planets conducted by Cromwell J. Varley between 1845 and 1858, accompanied by twenty ink and watercolor sketches.
These volumes contain calculations and drawings of an eclipse of the sun, 24 June 1778, and of the moon, 29 May 1779, adjusted to the meridian of Philadelphia. There is also an incomplete duplicate of the calculations for the sun, and a duplicate of the calculations for the moon. An apparently personal reference in the text suggests that Freehauff was a native of Germany.
This essay discusses Priestley's experiments concerning phlogiston, also called "the principle of inflammability," which was once thought to be a volatile substance that was part of all combustible matter and was released as flame in combustion.
This journal was kept on a voyage from the Downs to the Capes of Delaware on board the ship Three Sisters, 26 June-20 August, 1803. The volume includes "Observations on the storm glass," made on the same voyage. The storm glass, with an explanation of its use, and the journal of observations are at the American Philosophical Society.
The first volume contains notes of expenses and of observations while surveying the western boundary of Pennsylvania (1785). Mentions APS under date of Feb. 20, 1784. The second volume contains observations that were continued after Rittenhouse's death to Sept. 30, 1805.
The first volume contains mathematical problems, which appear to be college exercises (1814); the second volume is an essay on the projection of the sphere and spherical trigonometry, including an appendix on astronomy (1812); and the third volume is a lecture on natural philosophy, apparently prepared for delivery [n.d.].
Written by William Alexander at Basking Ridge, New Jersey, March 27, 1773, this essay appeals to the American Philosophical Society to collect and publish astronomical observations. It was sent to the American Philosophical Society, where it was duly read in May 1773.
This item is a book of calculations, including problems in the elements of astronomy; the calculations of lunar eclipses at Philadelphia, 1747-1761, and of solar eclipses in 1744 and 1752; and Halley's tables of the sun and moon.
This volume contains calculations of the distances of stars, eclipses, and longitude, made by William Maule, James Cresson, Joseph Jeanes, James James, and Robert Hutchinson, pupils in the Friends Academy, where Roberts was a teacher.
This volume was made at Wilmington, Delaware, for determining the longitude, from 1 July-14 October. It records the position of selected stars and planets. Contains also: Note regarding his astronomical clock, and entries relative to his work in continuing the Mason & Dixon's line.