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    Re: Nevil Maskelyne, by Howse, was:Re: Books about Bowditch
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2010 Mar 16, 12:23 -0400

    Yes,on the Banks bio. Banks seems to have been a model at least in the
    naturalist part part for Sir Joseph Blaine - Chief of Intelligence for
    the Admiralty and Stephen's M (as in 007). O'Brian also did a bio of
    Picasso which I found first rate. As O'Brian tells it, PP had a great
    prescription for life: Get together with a lady, buy a castle, fill it
    up with works, leave them and the house to the lady, find a new lady,
    repeat as required. ;-)
    On 3/16/10, Frank Reed  wrote:
    > Patrick, you wrote:
    > " Nevil Maskelyne has been someone I have wanted to find out more about "
    > In addition to the Howse biography, you should go have a look at google
    > books and, to a lesser extent, archive.org. There are extensive historical
    > materials available online that were practically non-existent just five
    > years ago. There are actual articles and letters written by Maskelyne
    > himself. Even more so for Cook and also Joseph Banks.
    > Hey, speaking of Banks, has anyone else read Patrick O'Brian's biography of
    > Joseph Banks? It's nothing stellar but certainly very enjoyable, and of
    > course Banks was an incredibly important figure in British science and
    > history in that period.
    > -FER
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