MC:P233/2/MS1 Meteorological Diaries and Measurements
The provenance of these papers has largely been lost. The author of the original diary and some of the notes contained therein is unknown. They have been catalogued with Albert Gunther’s papers relating to Robert Gunther as this provenance is clear. The diary was originally given to Magdalen College by Charles Daubeny (1795-1867, Fellow 1815-1867) where it is assumed that Robert Gunther discovered it years later. The diary was in Robert Gunther’s possession for some number of years and was returned to Magdalen by Albert Gunther when it was discovered in the former’s papers after his death. Please also see MC:P233/1/C1/1.
MC:P233/2/MS1/1 Jan 1741-Dec 1750
Handwritten weather diary, given to Magdalen College Laboratory by Charles Daubeny (Fellow 1815-1867). It contains daily readings for temperature (in an unknown unit of measurement), barometer and wind direction. There are also observations on the weather for each day, although there are no notes of rainfall. In some years (e.g. 1743) there are notes of experiments carried out.
Single, handwritten sheet giving details of monthly rainfall at Gordon Castle (Morayshire).
MC:P233/2/MS1/3 Feb 25th, 1904
Single page, typed letter from R. Harrison (address Assistant Secretary, The Royal Society, Burlington House, London) to Robert Gunther, giving details of a meteorological record they have in their archives.
MC:P233/2/MS1/4 Mar 5th, 1904
Single page letter from Hugh Robert Mill (1861-1950, Geographer and Meteorologist), address 62, Camden Square, London, to Robert Gunther. Mill writes regarding records of weather conditions for the years 1740-1750, in relation to a weather record in Gunther’s possession. He recommends that Gunther give a 2,000 word account of the record for Symson’s Meteorological Magazine (of which Mill was editor). On the reverse are notes of measurements (unit unknown) for 1740.
Single page, handwritten notes containing an excerpt of a meteorological record for November, 1728 in Richmond, Surrey. The excerpt is from a weather diary by George Smith, Queen’s Proctor.
MC:P233/2/MS1/6 Feb 2nd, 1810 (misdated)
Single page letter from George May (Herne, Kent) to Dr. Williams (possibly George Williams, Fellow, Corpus Christi College 1781-1834, Sherardian Professor of Botany 1796-1834). May sends an excerpt from his weather diary to Dr. Williams to compare conditions in Herne and Oxford.
Single page, handwritten copy of monthly readings (in unknown unit of measurement) for 1740-1750.
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