Item 150 - Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

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Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother


  • 15 Jan 1871 (Creation)

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Announces that he is off to Wellington College the following day. Explains that he has been detained in Cambridge 'by trifling matters connected with the Ladies' lectures.' States that they have given exhibitions and 'have induced one or two young persons to come to Cambridge; but the Committee as such does not provide them any accommodations', and explains that this is so because some of them, 'though they do not object to girls coming up to Cambridge to attend lectures, yet do not wish formally to encourage them: still less to be responsible for them.' Therefore, it has fallen to him to make arrangements for these girls. Reports that he has had some communication from Mary, and is sorry to hear of 'the attack.' Relates that [Henry Weston?] Eve maintains that 'it has been really very trifling.' Asks her to tell William that he shall be in Cambridge from 25 January onwards, and shall be very glad to see him. States that the undergraduates are to return on Monday 30 January. Declares that the [B ] 'brought back news that sixth-form boys like Hayman's work [at Rugby School], and say that he "reaches them so much better than Temple". '

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Part transcription in Sidgwick, Arthur, and Sidgwick, E. M, 'Henry Sidgwick'. London: Macmillan, 1906, p 242.

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