Letter by H C Russell, 11 April 1891
April 11 1
I desire to bring under your notice the great number of official returns that are lost in the post offices and to ask that the matter may receive the consideration which it deserves. I sometimes am led to think that Postmasters seeing so many of these returns passing through are careless about them: Attached are 5 letters from different parts of the colony taken from letters received this morning. which [sic] will serve to show the serious extent of these losses, and I think I should not exaggerate the number lost in 1890 it [sic] I put it at 200: and making every allowance for faults put upon postmasters and really due to observers, there is still a very serious number of lost returns. It is I hear impossible to trace ordinary letters. but [sic] perhaps something could be done to prevent losses.
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant
Post Office Sydney
26 Sept 1889
The Consul for France
I venture to send herewith three parcels of weather maps published by me. And should be very much obliged if you would cause these to be transmitted to their destination in Paris as you have so frequently done for me before: they are sent in exchange for valuable works sent to me from Paris.
H. C. Russell
Sept 1st 1870
Amongst other letters left by the late astronomer and which I fear failing health prevented him from answering is yours of Janry 14 kindly forwarding meteorological information for which I take this opportunity of thanking you: more especially as you have furnished some information in reference to the wind which may help me in tracing our local winds.
As you you [sic] kindly offer to supply further information if you have forms I send you some in the hope that you will find time to copy and send me your past and future observations.
I also send a copy of instructions issued to our new stations and I shall be glad to send you a raingage [sic] if you will tell me how to forward it.
The scales spoken of in the instructions are only used with the raingage [sic] as a check over the measures made by some careless observers who seem not to take any interest in their work. I will not therefore forward them to you unless you would like to have an evaporator as well as Raingauge.
Yours very truly
H. C. Russell
Sydney August 28th 90
Mr Edward Hooper
Before long I shall have to send through the Agent General for another Gross of Raingauges and the last lot were too long for the instruments there is in fact a considerable piece [above the aductions??] of waste glass in them; which is moreover very inconvenient for me and I am therefore sending to you by parcels post a sample of what I want which please keep as a guide for any that you may make for me in future.
Yours very truly
H C Russell
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