My dear Sir
I am much obliged for the abstract of months for 1869 if you could give me the same for 1867 & 1868 I would be much obliged I have your Book to the end of 1866.
Several evenings lately I have thought the southern sky looked auroral, but the continued dense clouds here prevented me from seeing anything and with the lurid light from the city at night and especially from some manufactory due south and near Botany it is very difficult to distinguish between the artificial and the real aurora.
We are in state of paint, repairs and alterations for new Instruments and shall be so for about 10 days or more. But if you do not mind the inconvenience I shall be glad to see you on Thursday or Friday next week. But if you are not pressed for time, I hope to have all right again by Novr 10th and shall be glad to see you then. I have a New Standard Thermometer which Mr Smalley got and about 3 years since?? but it is not quite what I like and I will probably have another before long.
Yours very truly
H C Russell
J?? Tebbutt Esqre