15th Dec 1890
Dear Mr Scott
I am sending you an interviewers report of a talk with Wragge a few days since I thought you would like to see It as an instance of the way to work a reviewer. The assumptions of authority and originality in working the Pacific Islands is charming seeing that you have been so long in that field and that I and others have been trying for 20 years past to get something done. without much success I grant you. but the reason is very obvious – the Climate is so enervating that Europeans get too lazy for meteorological observations.
We have sent instruments to Fiji Noumea Lord Howe and New Guinea and all the observers gave up excepting Lord Howe. On Tanna New Hebrides the Revd W Gray Missionary has some instruments of his own and sends his observations to me regularly. I do not know if you are aware that Capt Wharton Hydrographer is trying and with success to get the Tides recorded at some of the Islands and I have been lending a hand by getting the recording Tidegauges made here at moderate cost.
I dare say you have heard of Egeson’s departure. he got so insubordinate when his big draught did not come off that I was obliged to report him and he was dismissed.
He went on September 4. Since then I have not seen him. but am told he is going to publish a great weather almanac with detailed predictions for a year which I have no doubt an intelligent public at least that section of it; blessed with a full share of credulity will eagerly buy and pin their faith on.
In spite of the three years drought we are having the finest season for many years some say for 40 years. In Sydney we have had 80 inches or rain an amount never, but once exceeded in the 50 years over which our records extend.
Abercrombie is still here and is far from well. And recently I have had two visits from Douglas Archibald who is ……….. ………… upon Edison’s Phonograph-
Yours very truly
H C Russell
P.S. I have just received the second lot of thermometers 30 maximums. The first lot containing maximum & minimum was to have been delivered a month since but although the bill of lading came to hand by post when the steamer got there the thermometers were nowhere to be found. I suppose they had been left behind at the Docks. The 30 maxes are in first rate condition.
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Sydney Nov 18th 90
Dear Mr Archibald
I regret giving you the trouble of writing for the letter to Mr Todd. I had not forgotten it. …………. the advertisements did not think ……… wanted it so soon. ……. enclose it and hope it may be of use to you. Short of going to Western Australia: I know of no better person than Mr Todd to give you information…… the subject. ………………… I am sorry to say is not improving and is rather low spirited. If ………. better for him to his own doctor in London asking advice.
Generally …… and …… cyclones …………… ……. but it often ……. appears that small one …….. an intensity and ……………… ……… that of the large ones.
I have been reading Ferrel and thank him for new light on many points but cannot go with him altogether. So far as I have read. It is a cleverly written book and apt to make one think that there is a good deal of formula applicable to meteorology: upon which calculations can be made. but it has yet to be shown how far we can apply them.
For instance in the laboratory we know something about laws of diffusion of gasses and heat but where are the experiments which give us these laws as modified in nature by currenting air?
Yours very truly
Sydney Nov 18th 90
My Dear Todd
May I have the pleasure of introducing to you Mr E. Douglas Archibald. whom I have no doubt you know well by his writings on “The Unusual Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere” following the Krakatoa eruption, and other valuable contributions to meteorology.
He is here on a lecturing tour with one of …………..! And would take an appointment if it offered. I suggested that best ………. might do something in Meteorology; And he would like to consult you about it. If they are ………. to make a Department he would be glad to take the direction of it and it would be a good thing for the Eastern Colonies to have there such a thoroughly ………. Director.
Todd Esqre C. M. G. F. R. S. ??