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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                                in Mr. Royds' own writing, is:"Kept by Lieut. Royds R.N.
and Mr. Clarke on Journey to S. East across Ice Barrier".
Lieut. Mulock, when at the Office, was asked if he could
give any information on the point but could only say he
thought the bearings would most probably have been by
compass. The whereabouts of Mr. Clarke although
enquired for could not be ascertained.

The first thing which one notices on
looking through the"Rough" book is that the entries in
it were written by the same hand throughout, and the writ-
ing is <u>not</u> that of Mr. Royds. It is very distinctive,
and there is not a single entry in it in Mr. Royds'
writing. The spelling also is peculiar and such
words as "foornoon", "cravasses", "bettween" show the
writer to have been somewhat illiterate. The assumption
was therefore made that the writer, and therefore the
observer, was <u>Mr. Clarke</u>, who had been employed at the
Ben Nevis Observatory, and although he was not a
regular observer he had doubtless had some experience in
taking observations whilst there. But I submit that if
Mr. Clarke was really the observer the apparent uncertainty
of Mr. Royds as to how the observations had been made is
at once explained.

The necessity for asking the question
arose when I had to account, if I could, for the
existence of a strong Easterly wind at Winter Quarters
and at Cape Armitage concurrently with an equally strong
wind from South West at a point less than a day's
journey from the ship. I may here point
out that no-
where, either in the Meteorological "Journal"
or in the
"Rough"

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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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