W. H. (William Henry) Smyth correspondence, 1820-1864

Mss.B.Sm98

Date: 1820-1864 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, 123 items

Abstract

This is a miscellaneous collection of letters, almost all written to Smyth by prominent scientists. The topics discussed include astronomy, microscopes, nautical almanacs, and submarine excursions. Also of interest is a letter from Thomas Graves, reporting what the Beagle (Charles Darwin's voyage) was encountering in South American waters.

Background note

William Henry Smyth was a British admiral and scientific writer.

Collection Information

Physical description

123 items.

Provenance

Purchased from Sotheby & Co. and accessioned, 1966 (1966 1592ms). 36 letters purchased from John Wilson (L1250), Oxford, Eng., and accessioned, 1988 (1988 396ms). See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers and information.

Naval History Note

Naval historians may be interested in correspondence relating to nautical almanacs and submarine expeditions, and in Thomas Graves' account of the voyage of HMS Beagle.

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Hartwell Observatory.
  • Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
  • Royal Society (Great Britain)

Family Name(s)

  • Graves, Thomas.
  • Smyth, Annarella Warington

Genre(s)

  • Almanacs.

Personal Name(s)

  • Airy, George Biddell, 1801-1892
  • Arnold, Thomas (1795-1842)
  • Beaufort, Francis, Sir, 1774-1857
  • Buckland, William, 1784-1856
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
  • Dawes, William, 1762-1836
  • Dollond, George, 1774-1852
  • Everett, Edward, 1794-1865
  • Grove, W. R. (William Robert), 1811-1896
  • Henderson, Thomas, 1798-1844
  • Henslow, J. S. (John Stevens), 1796-1861
  • Herschel, John F. W., Sir (John Frederick William), 1792-1871
  • Hopkins, William, 1793-1866
  • Kater, Henry, 1777-1835
  • Lassell, William, 1799-1880
  • Lubbock, John, Sir, 1834-1913
  • Maclear, Thomas, 1794-1879
  • Murchison, Roderick Impey, Sir, 1792-1871
  • Petermann, A. (August Heinrich), 1822-1878
  • Sheepshanks, R. (Richard), 1794-1855
  • Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865
  • Smyth, Warington Wilkinson, Sir, 1817-1890
  • Somerville, Mary (1780-1872)
  • Tindal, Nicholas Conyngham, Sir, 1776-1846
  • Vulliamy, Benjamin Lewis, 1780
  • Zach, Franz Xaver, Freiherr von (1754-1832 )

Subject(s)

  • Astronomical instruments.
  • Astronomy.
  • Beyond Early America
  • Microscopy.
  • Nautical almanacs.
  • Submarines (Ships)