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Extracts from letters and diaries of William Whewell, with his MS poem, "On receiving a chain of Hair"

Bound volume of extracts of William Whewell's letters to his family and perhaps his own diaries, dating from 1812-1839 with the bulk of the material dated 1812-1821. The extracts, which form a narrative of Whewell's activities for this period, are written in an unidentified hand and quote letters to his father John Whewell, aunt Alice Lyon, and sisters Elizabeth, Martha, and Ann Whewell. These extracts are continued by short summaries of Whewell's activities in the years from 1821 to 1839, possibly drawn from diaries, but not identified as such. Accompanied by a poem signed W. W., written on his engagement to Cordelia Marshall.

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

Letter from William Whewell to Sir Denis Le Marchant

Describes the Trinity College admissions process in answer to Le Marchant's enquiry concerning the admission of his nephew [Sir Charles Cunliffe Smith?].

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell collection of passports and printed ephemera from Continental trips, with other printed material

A bound volume with 44 items tipped in, many of them collected during trips to the Continent and an 1825 visit to Vienna in particular. Eight passports for Whewell are dated 1820-1839, and are accompanied by playbills, handbills, museum and gallery catalogues, coach tickets, price lists, pamphlets, advertisements, offprints, clippings, and a MS poem apparently written on the publication of Whewell's book on inductive sciences. Playbills, handbills and pamphlets from Vienna in late summer/early autumn 1825 include those for Kotzebue's "Das Epigramm", Friedrich Kind's "Der Freischütz", Adolph Bäuerle's "Fausts Mantel", a firework spectacular by Paul Chiarini, an exhibition of paintings by Johann Peter Krafft and a museum catalogue to the Schloss Ambras collection [by curator Alois Primisser], with an appendix describing ethnographic collections gathered in the South Sea islands and Greenland.

The other printed material dates from roughly the same time period and includes the lithograph plates and key from the Descriptive Catalogue sold at the exhibition of Sir George Hayter's painting "The Trial of Queen Caroline", an account of a dinner in honour of Sir John Malcolm, and a lithograph of a University of Virginia examination in Plane Trigonometry in Dec. 1826, a handbill printed in Cambridge advertising Spence's Invention of a Perpetual Motion machine, and a list of "Soirées françaises par souscription" in London in June 1825.

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: drafts of parts of The elements of morality, including polity and other miscellaneous papers

Partial drafts, some of them possibly very early drafts of some sections of the work. Much of this has been sewn together and partially identified by Isaac Todhunter, including a rejected draft of the preface to the second edition. Accompanied by unidentified notes and drafts for the work and other works, including a poem written for Theodora [?]'s birthday and a letter from Henry J. Roby dated 10 Mar. 1855.

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: drafts of Lectures on systematic morality and lectures on Plato from 1847 to 1857

With notes by Isaac Todhunter throughout, with a list in his hand of the MSS connected with Plato; these lectures on Plato may have served as early drafts of The Platonic dialogues for English readers and include drafts of an introduction to a work of that name. Accompanied by a large sheet with Aristotle's list of virtues and vices.

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

Eight drawings attributed to William Whewell

Seven pencil drawings, [signed?] W. W. on the verso. One, a pen-and-ink and wash drawing, is captioned, "Drawn by W. Whewell who is my Tutor at College. (This the Rev. W: Whewell - Fellow & Tutor of Trin. Coll. Camb., 1835)".

Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science