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PL. 8. fig. 7.


ERIDIANS are north and south lines, which are supposed to pass through every station of


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2. The difference of latitude, or the northing or southing of any stationary line, is the distance that one end of the line is north or south from the other end; or it is the distance which is intercepted on the meridian, between the beginning of the stationary line and a perpendicular drawn from the other end to that meridian. Thus, if N. S be a meridian line passing through the point A of the line AB, then is Ab the difference of latitude or southing of that line.

3. The departure of any stationary line, is the nearest distance from one end of the line to a meridian passing through the other end. Thus Bb is the departure or easting of the line AB : but if CB be a meridian, and the measure of the stationary distance be taken from B to A; then is BC the difference of latitude, or northing, and AC the departure or westing of the line BA.

4. That meridian which passes through the first station, is sometimes called the first meridiad; and soinetimes it is a meridian passing on the east or west side of the map, at the distance of the breadth thereof, from east to west, set off from the first station.

5. The meridian distance of any station is the distance thereof from the first meridian, whether it be supposed to pass through the first station, or on the eastor west side of the map.


In every survey which is truly taken, the sum of the northings will be equal to that of the southings; and the sum of the eastings equal to that of the westings.

PL. 9. fig. 1.

Let a, b, c, e, f, g, h, represent a plot or parcel of land Let a be the first station, 6 the second, c the third, &c. Let NS be a meridian line, then will all lines parallel thereto, which pass through the sereral stations, be meridians also; as ao, bs, cd, &c. and the lines bo, ce, de, &c. perpendicular to those, will be the east or west lines, or departures,

The northings, ei+ge+hq=eo+bs +od+fr the southings : for let the figure be completed; then it is plain that go+hq+rk=ao+bs+cd, and einmi. rk=fr. If to the former part of this first equation ei--rk be added, and for to the latter, then trirao+h8+od+fr; that is, the sum of the northings is equal to that of the southings.



The eastings cs+qa=0b+de+is+rg+oh, the westings. For aq+yo ( az ) =de+if+rgtoh, and bo= Cs-10.

If to ihe former part of this first equation, csyo be added, and bo to the latter, then cs +aq=0b+de+iftrg+oh ; that is, the sum of the eastings is equal to that of the westings. 2. E. D.


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This theorem is of use to prove whether the field-work be truly taken, or not; for if the sum of the northings be equal to that of the southings, and the sum of the eastings to that of the westings, the field-work is right, otherwise not.

Since the proof and certainty of a survey depend on this truth, it will be necessary to shew how the difference of latitude and departure for any stationary line, whose course and distance are given, may he obtained by the table, usually called the Traverse Table.

To find the difference of Latitude and departure,

by the Traverse Table.

This table is so contrived, that by finding therein the given course, and a distance not exceeding 120 miles, chains, perches, or feet, the difference of latitude and departure is had by inspection: the course is to be found at the top of the table when under 45 degrees; but at the bottom of the table when above 45 degrees. Each column signed with a course consists of two parts, one for the difference

of latitude, marked Lat. the other for the departure, marked Dep. which names are both at the top and bottom of these columns. The distance is to be found in the column marked Dist. next the left hand margin of the page.


In the use of this table, a few observations only are necessary.

1. If a station consist of any number of even chains or perches (which are almost the only measures used in surveying) the latitude and departure are found at sight under the bearing or course, if less than 45 degrees ; or over it if more, and in å line with the distance.

2. If a station consist of any number of chains and perches, and decimals of a chain or perch, un, der the distance 10, the lat. and dep. will be found as above, either over or under the bearing; the decimal point or separatrix being renoved one figure to the left, which leaves a figure to the right to spare.

If the distance be any number of chains or perches, and the decimals of a chain or perch, the lat. and dep. must be taken out at two or more operations, by taking out the lat. and dep. for the chains or perches in the first place ; and then for the decimal parts. To save the repeated trouble of additions, a judi

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surveyor will always limit his stations to whole chains, or perches and lengths, which can commonly be done at every station, save the last.


1. In order to illustrate the foregoing observations, let us suppose a course or bearing, to be S. 359. 15'E. and the distance 79 four-pole chains. Under 35o. 15', or 35% degrees; and opposite 79, we find 64. 52 for the latitude, and 45, 59 the departure, which signify that the end of that station differ in latitude from the beginning 64. 52 chains, and in departure 45, 59 chains.

Note. We are to understand the same things if the distance is given in perches or any other measures, the method of proceeding being exactly the same in every case.

Again, let the bearing be 544 degrees and distance as before ; then over said degrees we find the same numbers, only with this difference, that the lat. before found, will now be the dep. and the dep. the lat. because 54, is the complement of 35. degrees to 90, viz. lat. 45. 59. dep: 64. 52.

2. Suppose the same course, but the distance 7 chains 90 links, or as many perches. Here we find the same numbers, but the decimal point must be removed one figure to the left.

Thus, under 35. and in a line with 79 or 7.9, are

Lat. 6. 45
Dep. 4. 56

the 5 in the dep. being increased by 1, because the 9 is rejected ; but over 54: we get

Lat. 4. 56
Dep. 6. 45.

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