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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                                did not appear to be any reliable evidence to the
contrary this explanation was accepted as the true one.

Captain Scott refers to the wind direc-
tions observed on other journeys, as to which he has
personal knowledge of the methods followed by the
observers; but as those observations have already been
dealt with in my Memoir, and not,I think,assist in
solving the difficulty which this special case presents,
I need not further refer to them here.

Captain Scott appears to suggest that
the method adopted for dealing with the observations of
barometric pressure was specially devised to support and
justify the conclusion I had arrived at respecting the
sledge journey wind directions. Such, however, was not
the case. The observations of barometric pressure
were dealt with quite apart, and without reference at the
time to the bearing the results obtained might have upon
any other element of observation. But Captain Scott,
without doubt, appreciates the difficulty of dealing
with observations of the barometer made under sledge
journey conditions, and in the total absence of any in-
formation as to seas level, or <sup>on</sup> any other point which might
be of assistance in their discussion; and it is probably
for that reason that he omits to point out in what other
way the observations could have been more satisfactorily
discussed.

The only other point to which I need
refer is Captain Scott's remark on my criticism of the way
in which the Hand Anemometer was used. I have an
intimate knowledge of that instrument, and I still think
the

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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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