Memoir and correspondence of Caroline Herschel

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Murray, 1879 - 355 pagine
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Pagina 28 - I was much hindered in my musical practice by my help being continually wanted in the execution of the various contrivances, and I had to amuse myself with making the tube of pasteboard for the glasses which were to arrive from London, for at that time no optician had settled at Bath.
Pagina xi - My brothers were often introduced as solo performers and assistants in the orchestra of the court, and I remember that I was frequently prevented from going to sleep by the lively criticism on music on coming from a concert, or...
Pagina 46 - My brother began his series of sweeps when the instrument was yet in a very unfinished state, and my feelings were not very comfortable when every moment I was alarmed by a crack or fall, knowing him to be elevated fifteen feet or more on a temporary cross-beam instead of a safe gallery.
Pagina 39 - Double stars which they could not see with their instruments I had the pleasure to show them very plainly, and my mechanism is so much approved of that Dr Maskelyne has already ordered a model to be taken from mine and a stand made by it to his reflector.
Pagina 121 - There is a great comet. I want you to assist me. Come to dine and spend the day here. If you can come soon after one o'clock we shall have time to prepare maps and telescopes. I saw its situation last night, — it has a long tail.
Pagina 12 - ... or out of the way. Though I have often felt myself exceedingly at a loss for the want of those few accomplishments of which I was thus, by an erroneous though well-meant opinion of my mother, deprived, I could not help thinking but that she had cause for wishing me not to know more than was necessary for being useful in the family ; for it was her certain belief that my brother William would have returned to his country, and my eldest brother not have looked so high, if they had had a little...
Pagina 214 - Who participated in his toils ? Who braved with him the inclemency of the weather ? Who shared his privations ? — A female! Who was she? — His sister! Miss Herschel it was who by night acted as his amanuensis ! She it was whose pen conveyed to paper his observations as they issued from his lips ; she it was who noted the right ascensions and polar distances of the objects observed ; she it was who, having passed the night near the instruments, took the rough manuscripts to her cottage at the...
Pagina xi - Leibnitz, Newton, and Euler sounded rather too loud for the repose of her little ones, who ought to be in school by seven in the morning. But it seems that on the brothers retiring to their own room, where they shared the same bed, my brother William had still a great deal to say; and frequently it happened that when he stopped for an assent or reply, he found his hearer was gone to sleep, and I suppose it was not till then that he bethought himself to do the same.
Pagina 29 - I was constantly obliged to feed him, by putting his victuals by bits into his mouth. This was once the case, when, in order to finish a seven-foot mirror, he had not taken his hands from it for sixteen hours together.
Pagina 13 - I had neither time nor means for producing any thing immediately, either for show or use, I was content with keeping samples of all possible patterns in needlework, beads, bugles, horsehair, etc., for I could not help feeling troubled sometimes about my future destiny; yet I could not bear the idea of being turned into an abigail or housemaid, and thought that with the above and such like acquirements, and with a little notion of music, I might obtain a place as governess in some family where the...

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