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    Re: Maskelyne and Harrison
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Sep 10, 07:23 -0400

    George, you wrote:
    "But he wasn't writing it to persuade his critics. He was giving evidence,
    to Parliament, on a technical matter, and from his account was bending over
    backwards to be scrupulously fair to Harrison, in every respect. It may be,
    perhaps, that being written by Maskelyne's himself, it was a self-serving
    account to make him look reasonable, but his words to Parliament were on
    public record."
    
    LOL. Of course it was self-serving. :-) What else would it be?
    
    And:
    "but that doesn't exclude bias and hostility being shown elsewhere on other
    occasions."
    
    I'm glad that's clear. There were many people who were Maskelyne's
    CONTEMPORARIES who believed that he was biased.
    
    There is a remaining interesting question in all of this. What would have
    happened differently if Maskelyne, and Halley, e.g., before him, had been
    more charitable to the 'mechanics' (the name used to describe the advocates
    of the time-keepers in historical accounts)?
    
     -FER
    
    
    
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