chapter  6
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Observatories and Expeditions after 1786

That wretched Ramsden is really making me wait for the circle which he promised me so many years ago …

Ernst, Duke of Saxe Gotha to Count von Brühl, 16 March 1794, SRO GD157 3379/93

There are few lively persons with such an open countenance as Ramsden, but one can also say that not withstanding this same countenance he has no scruples about failing to meet his promises.