Item 58 - Letter from Henry Jackson to Nora Sidgwick

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ADD.MS.c/103/58

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Letter from Henry Jackson to Nora Sidgwick

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  • 3 Apr 1906 (Creation)

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(1839–1921)

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Henry Jackson was born in 1839, the son of an eminent Sheffield surgeon of the same name. He attended Sheffield Collegiate School and Cheltenham College before entering Trinity College Cambridge in 1858. He graduated BA in 1862 as third Classic. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 1864 and became Assistant Tutor in 1866, Praelector in Ancient Philosophy in 1875 and Vice-Master in 1914. In 1906 he succeeded R. C. Jebb as Regius Professor of Greek. Jackson was a great reformer, both within the college and the university. Together with Henry Sidgwick and others he essentially established the Cambridge supervisory system by introducing it in the classical side at Trinity. Other disciplines and other colleges soon followed suit.

Jackson's area of study was Greek philosophy, but he did not publish greatly - editing book 5 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and writing a series of pieces on Plato's later theory of ideas in the Journal of Philology. His greater achievement was in his lectures and his ability to train the next generation of classical scholars; his more eminent students included R. K. Gaye, Francis Cornford and R. G. Bury. He died in 1921.

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Thanks Nora for her invitation to dine with her on 18 April, but regrets that he must decline, as they expect 'Hal [their son] from India on the 20th', and he shall not return to Cambridge until 22 or 23 April. In relation to Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, states that both he and Maggie have read 'in it', and feel that Nora has 'completely succeeded.' Informs her of a mistake on page 32, in which it is claimed that Brookfield was a member of the Apostles' Society: Brookfield was a friend of his father's, and was 'an excellent talker', but 'did not care enough about things to be a good Apostle.' Jackson quotes from a letter from his 'oldest living friend, Dr Melland', referring to Henry Sidgwick's love of truth, clear reasoning and logical power, his unselfish devotion to education in every direction, and his willing sacrifice of time and money, when needful to carry on any good cause.

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