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Betts was a Fellow of University College, Oxford. He had previously sought election as Savilian Professor of Astronomy with the support of the Earl of Litchfield, the Earl of Halifax and the Earl of Bute. He thanked his patrons for that failed attempt in the dedication to an engraving of the annular solar eclipse of 1 April 1764.
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