A Paper and Resolution in Advocacy of the Establishment of a Uniform System of Meteorological Observations, Throughout the Whole American Continent. Read Before the Meteorological Section of the American Association on the 30th of April, 1858. Major of the British Army Lachlan, obert.

A Paper and Resolution in Advocacy of the Establishment of a Uniform System of Meteorological Observations, Throughout the Whole American Continent. Read Before the Meteorological Section of the American Association on the 30th of April, 1858.

Cincinnati, O. Printed at the Office of the "Cincinnatus," College Hill, Ongley & Shain, Stereotypers and Printers, 1859. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (retaining front wrapper), 14, [1] pages. Somewhat worn and a bit foxed and soiled; a good, sound copy. Item #13781

Major Lachlan was an early Canadian scientific and literary figure who it appears was also prone to impolitic attacks on injustice as he saw it; his tract How Patriotic Services are Rewarded in Canada (Cincinnati, 1856) was published after his emigration from Montreal, where he had also been agitating for a continental system of weather observation. Lachlan here outlines a plan to coordinate a continental system of observations with the ongoing Smithsonian project, as well as a series of observations on the fluctuations in the depths of the Great Lakes. This pamphlet would suggest that Lachlan met with a similarly prickly reception in the United States--his Prefatory Notice here alludes to the fact that the Proceedings of the American Association have chosen not to publish his paper, and thus "the writer has deemed it due to the universal importance of the object aimed at, as well as to his own zealous though humble exertions on its behalf, to appeal against so mortifying a decision to the impartial tribunal of Public opinion; and in that pardonable, independent spirit, he is herewith led to submit his suggestions in pamphlet form, *'with all their imperfections on their head,'* to the unbiased consideration of men of science at large." For sketch of Lachlan's life and career, see Heather Murray's Come, Bright Improvement! The Literary Societies of Nineteenth-Century Ontario (2002). Sabin 38463.

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