Salary letter from King George III to William and Caroline Herschel
Image number: e2009.8.3_0005
In 1800, William Herschel was paid £200 in annual salary as King’s Astronomer. His sister Caroline was paid £50 to act as his assistant, making her the first professional female astronomer.
A note from Herschel’s wife Mary says that the handwriting is that of King George III himself.
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