Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Saturday February 10, 1894 and Sunday February 11, 1894

Drafted letter to Admiralty on reorganisation of staff in reply to C114, Saturday evening & Sunday.

William Christie, Astronomer Royal
RH says.....
The outcome of Christie's meeting with Richard Awdry at the Admiralty on Wednesday 7th February seems to have been an exchange of official letters, and the expenditure of more of Christie's time on drafting long letters full of carefully-tempered outrage. A list of the staff in 1894 shows that there was a total of about 45 people employed at the Observatory. This was a long way from the century before, when the Astronomer Royal had employed a single assistant, but was yet to reach the figure of 60+ staff that Christie achieved by the end of his tenure.

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