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Winchell, A. M., late Principal.
11. Annual results of meteorological observations, made at the folJowing academies for 1850:
1. Cayuga Academy.
9. Union Hall Academy. 12. Abstract of Meteorological Observations, made at Newbury, Vt.,
during 1850. By David Johnson, Esq. 13. Table of the periods when the Hudson river opened and closed
I. COMMUNICATION FROM THE RET. BENJAMIN HALE, D. D., Pre
SIDENT OF GENEVA COLLEGE, ON THE LATITUDE AND LON-
(Published with the permission of the Author.)
GENEVA COLLEGE, January 24, 1851. My dear sir-I beg leave to call your attention to the table of latitude and longitude of several places in this State, which is found at page 274 of the Regents' Report of 1850.
The latitude and longitude of Geneva, are given on the anthority of observations made October 1, 1833. The former as 40° 52' the latter as 75° 05'.
The true latitude of Geneva is 42° 52' 53" as determined by Horace Webster, LL. D., recently a professor in this college, and probably the 40° as given in the Regents' Report is a misprint for 42°.
The longitude as given in the report referred to, is also very inacurate, but to what exact amount, I do not feel confident in saying.
I do not know by whom the observations of 1833 were made, but the longitude of the preëmption line, which passes through the lake about half a mile east of Geneva, is said to be precisely that of Washington; if so, the longitude of Geneva College is 77° 2', and this, if not exact, is doubtless very near the true longitude. It is the purpose of the Professor of Mathematics to institute a series of observations for the purpose of determining the longitude as nearly as the means at command will allow him.
The longitude of Albany is given in the same table as 73° 44' which differs from that of Geneva as I have giren it 3° 18', a difference which is equal in this latitude to about 168 miles. The distance as run by the railroad is 199 miles. This difference of longitude is probably not far from correct.