* Admiral Smyth
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Captain (afterwards admiral) Smyth, who accom¬panied Baron von Zach on this occasion, still sur¬vives, after a career of high professional as well as literary and scientific distinction. As a reply to the incredulity to which Von Zach alludes, I may add not only that Admiral Smyth in his " Cycle of Celes¬tial Objects for the Use of Astronomers," adopts the Baron's narrative and reprints it at length, Note 1 but that his present recollections of the interview, which he has been so good as to communicate to me, fully confirm all the Baron's statements. Note 2 The admiral adds that, although Mezzofanti made no claim to the character of a practical astronomer, he understood well and was much interested in the phenomena of the eclipse, and especially in its predicted annularity at Bologna. " It was at Mezzofanti's instance also," he says, " that Caturegli undertook to compute in advance the ele¬ments for an almanac for the use of certain distant convents of the Levant, to aid them in celebrating Easter contemporaneously."Note 3Startling, therefore, as Von Zach's account appeared at the time of its publication, we can no longer hesitate to receive it literally and in its integrity.
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