Memorandum on Captain Scott's letter to the Royal Society re meteorological observations in the Antarctic, by M.R.H. Curtis

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                                But Captain Scott more particularly challenges
my action in having, in my discussion of the wind results
obtained by the Expedition, Treated the observations of
wind direction made in the course of Lieut. Royd's journey
to the South-East across the Barrier as <u>compass</u> bearings
of "<u>true</u>", and he considers I ought not to have
done so in the face of the printed heading at the top of
the wind column in the "Journal", and of Mr. Royd's definite
statement that the directions were "true" in accordance with 
the heading.

In reply I may say, first, that the "Rough"
book used on the journey, in which the observations were
noted down as they were made, is the only documentary
evidence available; because the "Journal" entries are
simply transcriptions from the "Rough" book, made in the
case of this journey after the return of the Expedition to
England, and by a gentleman who was not, I believe, a member
of it.

In the next place I wish to point out that
in the earlier stages of the work when Mr. Royd's was asked
verbally to say whether the observations were true or
magnetic he was far less certain about the matter than
Captain Scott appears to think was the case. He "<u>thought</u>"
they were true, but was not sure; and indeed it was not
until his final letter on the subject that he appears to have
definitely made up his mind on the point. Mr. Bernacchi
was not applied to because it was not known that he was a
member of the party; his name nowhere appears as such in
any document we possessed, and the heading in the "Journal",
in

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Author
R. H. Curtis
Reference
MS/591/4/14
Series
MS
Date
12-Nov-08
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Memorandum on Captain Scott's letter to the Royal Society re meteorological observations in the Antarctic, by M.R.H. Curtis, 12-Nov-08. From The Royal Society, MS/591/4/14

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