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Document number: 03125
Date: 01 Sep 1835
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LUBBOCK John William
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA35-23
Last updated: 30th April 2012

Dear Sir,

I send you annexed an extract of a Lr I have this morning received from Dr Hussey. <1> I have no instruments & never sit up to observe so that I have not seen the comet. <2>

I am very glad to hear that you have set to work seriously about your paper <3> for the Royal Society & I trust it will be finished so that it can be read at the first meeting.

Dr Lehrman [sic] <4> has in addition to Damoiseau, Pont' coulant & Rosenberger <5> determined the perturbation of the comet & arrives at very different results. According to him the comet will traverse the little bear.

Yours very truly
John Lubbock

1 Septr 1835

"August 30 ʘ at 3h. 8m. 20.5s Sidreal Time

Comets R.A. = 5h. 49m. 30.54s
= +24. 43. 5.15

Depending upon 132 Tauri of which the place was determined as before from the Constants in the Catalogue and the factors in the Nautical Almanac.

Rectory Hayes
Monday Evening

H F Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. Rev Thomas John Hussey (1792-1854), amateur astronomer, rector of Hayes, Kent.

2. Halley's comet. [See Doc. No: 03123].

3. WHFT, "Researches in the Integral Calculus, Part One", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, v. 126 part 1, 1836, pp.177-215.

4. Jacob Wilhelm Heinrich Lehmann (1800-1863), "Versuch, die Berechnungen zur Bestimmung der Wiederkehr des Halleyschen Kimeten aufs Reine zu bringen", Astronomische Nachrichten, v. 12 no. 287, 1835, pp. 369-400.

5. Theodore baron de Damoiseau (1768-1846), Philippe Gustave Doulcet de Pontecoulant (1795-1874) and Otto August Rosenburger (1800-1890).