Welcome to the NavList Message Boards.


A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding

Compose Your Message

Add Images & Files
    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?
    "but that doesn't exclude bias and hostility being shown elsewhere on other
    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)?
    Navigation List archive: www.fer3.com/arc
    To post, email NavList@fer3.com
    To unsubscribe, email NavList-unsubscribe@fer3.com

    Browse Files

    Drop Files


    What is NavList?

    Join NavList

    (please, no nicknames or handles)
    Do you want to receive all group messages by email?
    Yes No

    You can also join by posting. Your first on-topic post automatically makes you a member.

    Posting Code

    Enter the email address associated with your NavList messages. Your posting code will be emailed to you immediately.

    Email Settings

    Posting Code:

    Custom Index

    Start date: (yyyymm dd)
    End date: (yyyymm dd)

    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site
    Visit this site