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Letter from William Whewell
R./2.99/1 · Item · 25-26 Mar. 1816 [i.e. 1817]
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Cambridge University 'is a vile university and the vice chancellor is a damned vice chancellor. - But if possible I will waste no more time in exclamations and give you the facts - scene - Union debating Room - Time - six o'clock. - Knock at door - silence - enter the red round idiot head & turkey cock breast of Okes [William Okes] - Hon. gentlemen stare - enter the inflexibly meek countenance & proctorial smile of French [William French] - stare wider - Okes running himself against the table & addressing the president. "Vice Chancellor sent us to say he don't like these societies - all to go home". French "The Vice Chancellor desires you to disperse & to meet no more". - Pres. requests the messengers to withdraw that soc. may consider of it - "No - not a subject for your consideration - you must oblige" - so the vice chancellor dislikes these societies - but suppose we reject political subjects - will he let us discuss literary ones - "Can't say - no authority - but V.C. is in the house we will mention"[.] [Says] again "no societies at all to be allowed - all to disperse". But we must finish this meeting - we have financial matters - V.C. is here - you will let us send a deputation to him - Whewell - Thirlwall [Connop Thirlwall] - Sheridan [Charles B. Sheridan] - ushered into a room - V.C. in full silks - head white[,] face red & ugly. - Jackson in the background - Red nose of [Hornbuckle?] sticking across the room - and o sorrow & shame! Monk [James H. Monk] - (Why the devil - fool as he was - did he not let it be a Johnian business as it deserved to be) - "We are told you have an objection to our debates - want to know how far it goes - literary subjects?" "No sir - they are against the statutes - all meetings at regular times for the purpose of debate are - hum - haw - hum irregular - and you have only three years - you have other things to do - you take too much upon you - your knowledge[,] your reading[,] your minds are not proper food..." "I am afraid we are not to be allowed to consider the reasons - we must submit to the authority" A move at the word authority "But the case must have been exaggerated - two or three hours a week" "Sir I have had a letter from a person who once belonged to the society and who says that his prospects have been ruined & that the prospects of several of his friends have been ruined by the time and attention he has bestowed on the Society." "Very unfortunate - but it is impossible this can be common." "Sir it is against the statutes - you must disperse." But we may retain our reading room - and continue our present debate - granted. - Long debate - all manner of motions - Remonstrances proposed. - Committee - Whewell - Thirlwall - Sheridan - Lawson - Lodge - My Lord Chief Justice a fool as usual and apparently somewhat frightened. - Committee met today. Now what think you of this? - It is not yet decided what is to be done but of course there must somehow or other, a great noise be made. Do you not think it would do good to write to Clarke & inflame him about it. - And to write to some of the newspapers - it has been proposed to petition the chancellor - write immediately and tell me what you think. - I have done nothing for Lacroix [Silvestre F. Lacroix] yet but we will talk of that another time'.

Notes on books read
R./18.16/1 · Item · Oct.-Dec. 1817
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Daily list of books read, kept from 16 Oct. 1817 - 16 Dec. 1817. With a note in the first entry explaining that he has "found it extremely convenient to keep a waste book of my reading &c. Artificers who work in gold have a vessel to receive all the filings that fall from their work - but I am not a gold worker - This is rather a bag to receive all old rags, scraps & remnants."

Memorandum book
R./18.17a/1 · Item · 1826
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Notes relating to the pendulum experiment in the Dolcoath mine, with calculations on the elevation of houses, with many other miscellaneous notes.

Miscellaneous papers
R./1.1 · Item · 14th c.–19th c.
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

On the front is stamped ‘ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS & PAPERS.’ The docu-ments are accompanied by folded sheets of blue paper bearing descriptions of the documents, in which they were evidently kept before they were bound.

Sandars, Samuel (1837-1894), librarian and benefactor
R./1.4 · Item · 1798-1805
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

On the spine is stamped ‘DECLAMATIONES | — | TRIN. COLL. CANTAB. | TOM. | I. | 1799–1809’, and inside the front cover is written, ‘Declamationes in Coll. S.S. Trinitatis Cantabrigiae | habitae | Tomus. I. | 1799–1809’. The dates in these titles do not match those of the contents. The manuscripts in the volume appear to be autograph.

Renouard, John Henry (1758–1830), college teacher
R./1.61 · Item · 1846-1860
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

Includes letters by J. O. Halliwell, J. M. Heath about the August 1846 storm in Cambridge, H. Montagu Butler about a bust of Archdeacon Hare, Vernon Musgrave about a memorial to Archbishop Musgrave, with a draft from William Whewell to Vernon Musgrave.

Wright, William Aldis (1831-1914), literary and biblical scholar
R./1.76 · File · 1819-1833
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

A collection of some of the printed material and letters received by Whewell between 1819 to 1833, of which the materials relating to the Cambridge elections of 1829 and 1830 form a part.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science
Letter from William Whewell
R./2.99/10 · Item · 24 June 1818
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class R

WW was disappointed at not seeing HJR in London. He was to have gone with Charles Babbage to Sir Joseph Banks on Sunday but was unwell. WW has been trying to improve his philology by studying Welsh: 'It is not a language wh. there is much temptation to learn'. WW does not believe that we owe much to our Celtic ancestors, and that the most valuable aspects of our manners and constitutions is derived from our gothic past. It has been a long time since WW has read Butler [Joseph Butler]: 'It is a book of negatives. Its object is not to prove, but to remove the presumptions against, natural & revealed religion...he claims the ground and then leaves revelation & other arguments to reset the building.' Did HJR see Jeremy Bentham? WW notes that his 'Church of Englandism' has come out again.