Telegram to H C Russell from E D Archibald, 26 November 1890

Telegram to H C Russell from E D Archibald, 26 November 1890

Letter by H C Russell, 26 November 1890

26

ISSUED FORM.
New South Wales Electric Telegraph.
COLONIAL AND INTERCOLONIAL LINES.

Stamped:
NEW SOUTH WALES
ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE
SYDNEY
NOV 26
1890

Received at 1 h. 24 m.
Reference No. 49
No. of Words. 11
Amount Paid 2/2

TELEGRAM from ADELAIDE Station,
Addressed to Russell
Obsy
Sy

(You are requested to give no fee or gratuity to the Messenger. Please enter time of delivery and sign Ticket Book.)

Lost your letter to Todd. Kindly send me another by return ~
E. Douglas Archibald
United Serv Hotel
Time 12 h. 25 m.

Pencil notation across telegram – ‘See page 32’. [See next entry for item at page 32.]

4 Responses to “Telegram to H C Russell from E D Archibald, 26 November 1890”

  1. December 10, 2008 at 10:37 am, Irma Havlicek said:

    Thanks Bob – I’ve made the changes you’ve suggested.
    There are a few other letters to Russell among the letters in this project. There were letters on 20 July, 4, 30 and 31 August 1887 from H A Lenehan (who was Acting Government Astronomer while Russell was away) to Russell; one on 20 August 1891 from Slowman (?) to Russell (seeking a pay rise); and one on 29 August 1891 from H P Sellors (?) to Russell seeking an additional allowance. There’s another one coming up on 16 January from H A Lenehan to Russell.

  2. November 26, 2008 at 8:03 pm, Bob Meade said:

    Also, the sender is signing:

    “E. Douglas Archibald”

    and I believe he is giving his address as:

    “United Serv Hotel” which would almost certainly be United Services Hotel, although I can’t locate one of those in Adelaide of 1890.

    In transcribing a telegraphic message it is worth remembering that apart from the eleven words which the customer is paying to transmit, the operating telegraphist will try to abbreviate the other parts of the message as much as possible to reduce keying of the telegraph key.

    And another thing, the headline for this blog entry could perhaps read:

    “Telegram TO H C Russell.”

    This is the first time I’ve noticed any correspondence TO Russell amongst these pages.

  3. November 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm, Bob Meade said:

    Here are my thoughts -

    In the addressed to section it is

    “Russell

    Obsy

    Sy”

    Obsy Sy are abbreviations for Observatory Sydney.

Search

About

The 'Observations' blog is run by the staff of Sydney Observatory which is located at Observatory Hill, The Rocks, in Sydney, Australia.

This site is for discussion purposes only and does not represent the official views of Sydney Observatory. Any views expressed on this website are those of the individual post author only. Sydney Observatory accepts no liability for the content of this site.

Please direct any correspondence about the content of the blog to:
observatory [at] phm.gov.au
and about web matters to:
web [at] phm.gov.au.