Item 172 - Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

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Add. MS c/99/172


Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother


  • [4 Sep 1873] (Creation)

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Asks her to write and tell him what she thinks of Arthur's engagement; is glad to think that he is going to be married, but admits to being surprised. Refers to Rugby, about which he 'had much to say'. Looks forward to seeing her. Reports that his life is 'highly uneventful but not unhappy', and that his work is 'in a lingering state.' Wishes to hear what she says about 'the Lincoln domicile' [E. W. Benson had recently been made Chancellor of the diocese of Lincoln]. Believes that he may sometime acquire 'the same fraternal feeling for that cathedral town' that he 'now has for the fir-woods of Wellington College'; wonders whether he will ever go to Wellington again. Inquires whether she sees Macmillan, and claims that [William Black's] 'Princess of Thule is a very pretty slightly woven story'.

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Part transcription in Sidgwick, Arthur, and Sidgwick, E. M, 'Henry Sidgwick'. London: Macmillan, 1906, p 283.

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