28 11 Macquarie St. South Sydney May 9th 1857 57/50 Sir Your request for a copy of the registry of rainfall at Sydney for as long a period as possible was referred to me for the first time yesterday.
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22 The Astronomer to The Hon. The Colonial Secretary enclosing Estimates for 1858 11 Macquarie St. South May 6th 1857 57/44 Sir The enclosed Estimates though necessarily vague and inaccurate will not I trust prove very incorrect.
17 11 Macquarie St. South Sydney May 2d. 1857 57/39 Sir I am requested to inform you that there will be forwarded to you this day by the Colonial Storekeeper Sydney ten packages of Meteorological Instruments and stands addressed to the Police Magistrates of Albury and Deniliquin who will arrange for their conveyance from Melbourne to their destinations.
15 The Astronomer to The Honourable The Colonial Secretary respecting leave of Absence. 11 Macquarie St South Sydney May 1st 1857 57/37 Sir In reply to your letter of 30th April I beg to state that it was my intention to establish the Observatory at Parramatta before leaving Sydney; also that to establish those at Maitland and Goulburn would occasion a considerable waste of time and money, as I must pass through Goulburn on my return from Melbourne via Deniliquin, Albury, Cooma, Goulburn & Bathurst; and must pass through Maitland on my road to Armidale.
14 57/36 11 Macquarie St. South Sydney April 30th 1857 Sir I beg to inform you that I have selected The Lunatic Asylum at Parramatta for the establishment of a Meteorological Observatory, and that you are appointed provisionally to the office of Observer at a salary of Twenty Pounds per annum from 1st May; such appointment being subject to the approval of the Government.
13 11 Macquarie St South Sydney April 28th 1857 57/35 Sir Having been directed to apply to you for such Postage stamps as I might require for the use of my department I wrote to you on 21st Inst requesting you to send me the quantity which I considered necessary.
11 57/33 11 Macquarie S. South Sydney April 27th 1857 Sir In reply to a letter No 951 from your office, enquiring what sum it is necessary to place in the estimates for 1857 in order to provide for my House Rent I have the honour to inform you that the sum to which I am limited is ₤200 per annum but that the sum required for the present year is ₤165 being at the rate of ₤13-15 per month.
11 Macquarie Street South Sydney April 25th 1857 57/32 Sir I have the honor to inform you that I have this day received a letter from the Colonial Secretary's Office in which it is stated that authority has been given for the payment of my allowance for house rent out of the sum voted for unforeseen expenses.