[William Rogerson, astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Rogerson.') to 'W. S. B. Woodhouse Esqr.', regarding William Holden and his memorial to Jeremiah Horrox.

Author: 
William Rogerson (1796-1872), astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and putative murderer of the son he had by his daughter [Moses Holden (1777-1864) of Preston, astronomer; Jeremiah Horrox
Publication details: 
11 August 1847. 19 George Street, Greenwich.
£45.00
SKU: 22306

Rogerson was employed at the Royal Observatory between 1822 and 1845. The long entry on Rogerson on the Royal Observatory website (which states that he 'brought both honour and shameful publicity to the Observatory'), gives full details of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal, and his trial for the murder of his son Theodore Horatio Richardson, one of three or four children had by his daughter Ann Maria. 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount to blank reverse of second leaf. One fold. Fifty-three lines, closely written. Woodhouse's brother has provided Rogerson with his address in the country, and Rogerson is 'inclosing you two autographs of the Astronomer Royal, for your friend', with a further three in addition. 'Mr Squire you well know. Mr. Whistlecraft is a lover of Meteorology, and a few years ago published a work on the “Climate of England” - and for some years has kept a journal of the Weather at Thwaite in Suffolk. Mr. Holden is a lecturer on Astronomy, &c – and much esteemed at his native place, Preston in Lancashire'. Rogerson explains that on a visit to Liverpool in 1826 Holden 'was astonished to find that there was not even a stone to mark the spot where the remains of the celebrated Horrox [i.e. Jeremiah Horrox (1618-1641)] were interred'. The profits from a lecture by Holden at Liverpool on 1 December 1826 went to 'the purpose of erecting a monument to his memory', and 'the monument was soon erected in the Park where Horrox was born. It is a beautiful white marble scroll on a brown stone about a yard one way and two feet another, with Venus on the Sun's disc'. He ends by apologising that he is 'poor with regard to autographs of note', and resolves to look through his papers for more. In a postscript he reports that he has 'spent about a week at Epping and another at Dover very pleasantly', and that he is 'now at usual working in the Observatory', and that he hopes to visit his 'friend Holden at Preston'.