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    An observatory for Manhattan (in 1859)
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2007 Nov 04, 22:31 -0500

    Found this item via newspaperarchive.com (a subscription site, very useful):
    In the New York Times on February 4, 1859 there was an article discussing
    the possibility of building an observatory in New York City, specifically
    Manhattan for the advancement of navigation. A member of the observatory
    committee was paraphrased as saying, "in view of the importance now attached
    to the chronometer for navigating our ships, New York ought to have as good
    an Observatory as any other port in the world" and "every consideration
    existed for having the chronometers of our ship masters as perfect as
    possible. The old mode of studying navigation had died out and there were
    too few captains who could take a lunar observation. Commodore Perry stated
    to him that not one lunar observation was taken on his way to Japan."
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