Item 108 - Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

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Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother


  • 28 Sep 1869 (Creation)

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Reports that he is still in Cambridge, 'tolerably well and taking great care of [his] health...' Expects the following term to be difficult. Refers to how he spends his days. Announces that he intends to stay there until the beginning of term, 'to see the last of [his] fellowship'. States that his position in the College 'in respect of rooms etc is still quite undetermined.' Refers to the candidates for fellowship. Announces that he expects 'a mild Hindoo', who is a pupil of Tawney's and a disappointed candidate for the Indian Civil Service, to come and see him on the following Friday. Reports that when he returned to Cambridge he discovered that one of the senior fellows at Trinity was in a lunatic asylum, and asks her to report this news to Arthur. Is pleased by the appointment of Seeley as the new professor of history, as the subject is 'at a very low ebb in Cambridge, and he is just the man to inspire an enthusiasm for it'; also always thought it a 'great loss to us' when Seeley went down. Asks after William.

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Part transcription in Sidgwick, Arthur, and Sidgwick, E. M, 'Henry Sidgwick'. London: Macmillan, 1906, p 214.

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