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Lord Morton (Character)
from The King's Guard (2000)
Lord Morton: Mr. Harrison, please step forward.
Lord Morton: "It is the finding of this Board that the watch or timepiece created by John and William Harrison did keep correct time within the greatest accuracy required by the Act of Queen Anne as drawn up by Parliament 51 years ago."
William Harrison: Milord, may I have a copy of those to show my father? He has waited a long time to hear your Lordship's kind words.
Lord Morton: In good time, Mr. Harrison. Astronomer Royal, would you be kind enough to read the fifth paragraph of the Act?
Reverend Nevil Maskelyne: My lord.
Reverend Nevil Maskelyne: "And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that as soon as such Method for the Discovery of the said Longitude shall have been tried and found practicable and useful at Sea..."
Lord Morton: Thank you. "Practicable and useful": those are the words I wish to draw to your attention. We accept the usefulness of the watch, but is it practicable? Mr. Harrison himself has never permitted this committee to examine the workings of his timepiece; I suggest to you that is because he himself has doubt about the practical use of his invention.
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