Excerpt from Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 21 I trust to be able hereafter to lay before the Society a comparative account of the observations, framed, probably, on these general principles. Omitting, then, for the present, the details of observations of the mass of observers, I will first give a short account of the expedition generally, and will then subjoin a few words only on my own observations. Having had the honour of an interview with the Duke of Somerset, First Lord of the Admiralty, on 1859, Nov. 15, I took occasion to call His Grace's attention to the approaching total eclipse, and to submit to his consideration the advantage of appropriating to the use of astronomers a ship, for their conveyance to and from the coast of Spain. Although no answer could then be given to this proposal, the reception of it was so far favourable that I was induced to speak of it, in communications to this Society, as an arrangement which might be expected. Finally, the noble screw-steamship Himalaya, commanded by Captain Seccombe, R. N., was appointed for this service. In the meantime the Society had received several communications, of a most friendly and very important character, from Charles Vignoles, Esq., whose position as Engineer-in-Chief of the Tudela and Bilbao Railway (the whole of which was to be covered by the shadow of the totality) not only gave him a thorough knowledge of the country, its points favourable for observation, its climate, and its social resources, but also enabled him to employ his own official powers and to use his good offices with the Directors of the Railway, particularly with their Managing Director, Senor Cipriano de Montesino, for giving to astronomers the assistance of the staff of able engineers stationed at different points of the railway. Offers of assistance, of a similar kind, were made by Philip E. Sewell, Esq., Engineer-in-Chief of the Isabella Segunda Railway, extending southward from Santander, to Alar del Rey. These invitations, in addition to other considerations, sufficed to define the course of the expedition. It was arranged that the Himalaya should first touch at the roads of Bilbao, landing there a portion of the party (in which I was myself included) who relied principally on the kindness of Mr. Vignoles for guidance in the selection of stations, and for aids to reach them; and that she should then proceed to Santander to land the remainder of the party, who would receive much assistance from Mr. Sewell. The ship would then lie in the harbour of Santander, and after the completion of the observations she would receive the Santander party, again touch at Bilbao to receive the Bilbao party, and finally return to England. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.