Correspondence and Papers of Edmond Halley by Edmond Halley

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I am your Worships most obliged Servant, and true Honorer, Edmund Halley. 3. ' 16 7 8 . Prteclariss: Amplissimoque viro Johanni Hevelio Consuli Gedanensi, Astronomorum facile principi. P. Nudius tertius est, Vir Cl. ex quo literas tuas 13/23 Augusti datas mecum communicavit amicus meus singularis Dm. Flamsteedius, ex quibus non ingratas tibi futuras observationes meas stellarum prope polum Antarcticum lucentium intellexi; Catalogum meum paucos ante dies editum ad te mitto, quem, si concessa fuerit commoda aliqua transmittendi opportunitas, citius in manus de­ dissem vestras; laetatus admodum hac occasione tanti viri amicitias mihi conciliari posse: Honores a te mihi designatos, labores meos quales quales tuorum monumentis adjungendo, gratissime habeo; vereor tamen ne haec ccepta mea juvenilia, non accurata satis apud Judicem adeo oculatum videantur, nec digna, quae exquisito illo Catalogo, quem de te expectat orbis literatus, annectantur: Observationibus vero inest syncera fides, pro ratione instrumenti, ut etiam calculo iis super­ structo, in quo supposui plerumque Latitudines duarum Tychonicarum, cum distantia observata (namque meridianas altitudines caelum plerumque nubilum nequaquam permisit observatas).

Ps. Pray present my humble Service to Sr. Jonas Moor. Recepi hanc Literam Junij 26:1679. S . ' 1679. P. Nuperrime intellexi ex Dn. OlafRo, Dominat. Vestram a me expectare, ut animi mei sensum de Observationibus ac Instrumentis Vestris scripto exponerem, qubd quidem lubentissime faciam, cum jam satis abunde mihi constet de eorum usu & certitudine. Fateor equidem me semper dubitasse, ex quo primum coepi scientiam Astronomicam excolere, ne forte collimatio per nuda vestra pinnacidia facta, incerta sit aliquot minutis, atque non semel miratus sum, quse ratio dissvaderet ab usu Telescopiorum ad istud negotium; Interea tamen non ausus eram quidquam fidei Vestrae in dubium vocare, atque mecum semper conservavi venerationem Astronomiae vestrae integram, ut cuivis patet ex Praefatiuncula Catalogi mei.

Ed. Boncompagni, vol. viii, p. 6$o, note to, Roma, 187$). A transcript of this letter (? made by Hevelius's secretary, Olhoif) is in the Biblioth&que Nationale, Paris, under M SS. Ponds Latin No. 10349, tome xiii, pp. 84-6 (no? fxaMHMfaf). This letter was printed by Olhoif in his ear L&frzf . . y. pp. t82-4, Gedani, 1683, of which book copies are in the Royal Society Library and the British Museum, London. It was also reprinted (from Olhoff) in the Bfog. , vol. iv, p. 2497, London, 2737. 2334 , f- 32; cf.

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