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From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[15 August 1828]
Source of text:
ACCS 3pp TxU:H/L-0229; Reel 1054 (L: RS:HS B27.54b & Cdraft: RS:HS 25.15.7)
Summary:

In response to an article in The Record, JH writes to The Times to explain what has happened to date regarding the expenditure of public funds for the calculating devices of Charles Babbage, who was then out of England.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[23 September 1832]
Source of text:
unknown
Summary:

Gives data necessary for astronomers to observe Biela's Comet.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[24 September 1832]
Source of text:
London Times (Sept. 27, 1832), p. 2, col. 6
Summary:

Discusses the history, nature, and appearance of Biela's Comet.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[9 October 1838]
Source of text:
London Times (Oct. 10, 1838), p. 5, col. 4
Summary:

[Responding to a suggestion for a fund campaign aimed at refurbishing William Herschel's 40-foot reflector], JH suggests that it would not be practical to reestablish this telescope.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[19 March 1843]
Source of text:
London Times (March 21, 1843), p. 5, col. 3
Summary:

Reports that a very prominent comet [Great Comet of 1843] is coming into view.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[21 March 1843]
Source of text:
London Times (March 23, 1843), p. 6, col. 2
Summary:

Gives latest observations of the comet [Great Comet of 1843]. Predicts head will soon be visible.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[31 March 1843]
Source of text:
London Times (April 4, 1843), p. 6, col. 1
Summary:

Argues against the view that what JH has taken to be the tail of a comet [Great Comet of 1843] is actually due to the zodiacal light.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[19 April 1845]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0230; Reel 1054
Summary:

Responds to recently printed letter by James South. Denies South's assertion and confirms that William Herschel did discover two interior satellites of Saturn with 40-feet reflector telescope in 1789.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[19 September 1846]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0231; Reel 1054
Summary:

Protests erroneous impression in today's report of JH's conduct at closing meeting of B.A.A.S. Does not know what gave rise to T. D. Morris-Stirling's remarks regarding electric telegraph. Witnesses confirm that JH did not malign British science. [JH annotation: Printed 21 Sept. 1846.]

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[3 April 1857]
Source of text:
London Times (April 6, 1857), p. 12, col. 4.
Summary:

Urges that observations be made of sunspots. Notes that sunspots are much more evident now than in 1856. [Written by JH under the pseudonym 'Helioscopus']

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[12 December 1860]
Source of text:
RS:HS 23:321
Summary:

[It having been asserted in the Times that the Russians have not communicated about the climate at Pekin], JH notes that in fact wonderfully detailed meteorological observations for Pekin from 1850 to 1855 have been widely distributed by the Russians.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[13 May 1862]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.149b
Summary:

Times of 12 May called for remedy to industrial pollution. In 1838 JH visited soda production plant near Newcastle and suggested profitable modification to fume chimneys that removed harmful vapors and generated useful compounds.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[14 May 1862]
Source of text:
London Times (May 15, 1862), p. 11, col. 4
Summary:

Calls public attention to an inexpensive process JH devised in 1838 to eliminate noxious acid fumes coming from manufacturers of soda.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[18 June 1864]
Source of text:
JHS 5.1
Summary:

Supports, for scientific and commercial reasons, the retention of the British system of measures, arguing against adoption of the metric or decimal system.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[1 July 1864]
Source of text:
London Times (July 4, 1864), p. 11, col. 2
Summary:

Responds to objections published in the Times of 30 June to JH's 1864-6-18 letter to the Times regarding the introduction of the metric system in England; JH opposes this and goes on to explain the scientific basis of the British system.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[4 July 1864]
Source of text:
London Times (July 6, 1864), p. 7, col. 2
Summary:

Corrects typographical errors in JH's recent letters [1864-6-18 & 1864-7-1] to the Times.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[6 May 1865]
Source of text:
RS:HS 24.109
Summary:

Signing himself 'A.B.C.D.,' asks whether a priest is guilty of perjury for having refused to testify regarding a murder on the grounds that this would violate the seal of the confessional.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[30 April 1868]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0232.6; Reel 1054
Summary:

Addresses problems in metric bill introduced to Parliament by William Ewart. Argues for the retention of the British system of weights and measures. Shows that the inch can be defined as one five hundred millionth of the length of the earth's polar axis.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
30 August [1869]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0950.2; Reel 1083
Summary:

Discusses in detail the then currently debated issue of a 'mintcharge or seigniorage' on gold coinage. Also discusses the idea of an international coinage.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
the London Times
Date:
[1869-9 to 1870-2]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0129; Reel 1054
Summary:

Encloses letter regarding coinage under discussion in Parliament.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project