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Papers of W. K. Clifford Pollock, Sir Frederick (1845–1937) 3rd Baronet, jurist
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Letter from W. K. Clifford to [Frederick Pollock]

(Place of writing not indicated.)—Has been working with Lockyer on molecules and talking metaphysics with Huxley. Refers to his ‘sermon’ [perhaps ‘Right and Wrong’ or ‘The Ethics of Belief’] on ‘the right and wrong of admitting the results of the scientific method in certain ground which it has already occupied’.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to [Frederick Pollock]

Washington Irving Hotel, Granada.—Modifies his previous remarks about the Spanish people. Describes a case of murder at Granada, and refers to the prevalence of violence in the province as a whole. It is expected that there will be a revolution soon. Gives a brief opinion of the Alhambra. Asks about Pollock’s work, and suggests he translate Spinoza.

(With envelope.)

Letter from Georgina Pollock to Lucy Clifford

24 Bryanston Street, W.—Discusses the Cliffords’ health and movements. The doctors do not think that Willi should return to England yet. She and Fred think of coming to join them, perhaps with the children. Gives news of their present activities and engagements.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

Monte Generoso, [Mendrisio, Switzerland].—It is very cold. Gives an account of their travels since they left Malta. Refers to a review by [P. G.] Tait. Hopes that the news from Belgium ‘has given all the cardinals the stom-ach-ache’.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Mary F. Clifford

Exeter.—Lucy is unwell [in London], and will not be able to get up for two or three weeks. Describes Minnie’s amusing recital of the creed. Congratulates Sir Frederick [Pollock] on being made Queen’s Remembrancer. Has written to The Times to suggest that the Oxford railway accident may have been caused by the use of an old carriage.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

Trinity College, Cambridge.—Sends some lithographed notes on analytical geometry. Has been told that they cannot become Masters of Arts till next term. Jokes about Pollock's hat, and refers to Auerbach’s Spinoza, the new [edition of] Shelley, and Sidgwick's interpretation of one of Myers's poems.

(Marked 'Jan. 1870'.)

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

(Place of writing not indicated.)—Pollock should certainly consult his fiancée about the length of their engagement. Sends some lines, ‘about three years old’, which were meant to begin his play Lassalle, and explains why he is thinking of taking it up again. States the terms of business of the Birkbeck Bank. Has been to see Le Roi Carotte [by Offenbach] with Moulton.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

[Funchal, Madeira.]—Entrusts the education of his children to Pollock and Huxley, desiring them to be brought up without any knowledge of ‘theological hypotheses’. Expresses his love for his wife, and sends love to members of the Pollock family.

(With envelope. According to Fisher Dilke, this letter was written ‘twenty minutes or so’ before Clifford’s death.)

Letter from W. K. Clifford to [Lucy Clifford]

Combe Bank, Sevenoaks.—Has found his collars, and hopes to find his socks too. Is sorry to hear about Smut [their dog]. Refers to the characters of Cyril and Hughie [Spottiswoode’s sons], and wishes she were there. Fred Pollock has sent an account of his forthcoming lecture at the Royal Institution.

(Dated Sunday.)

Letter from James Knowles to Frederick Pollock

The Hollies, Clapham Common, S.W.—Is distressed to hear how ill Clifford is. All at the Metaphysical Society like him, and Cardinal Manning, on hearing the news, wrote out the enclosed cheque immediately. Encloses a cheque of his own

Letter from Lucy Clifford to Frederick Pollock

11 Portsea Place, Connaught Square, W.—Has sent for a copy of Little People and will copy out the ‘lily song’ [see A2/7]. Is anxious for him to bring out certain aspects of her husband’s personality [in his memoir]. Has been trying to comfort herself with ideas of a future consciousness. Mrs Deffell is concerned that the Pollocks are not enjoying their holiday.

(With envelope.)

Letter from Henry Jackson to Frederick Pollock

Croft Cottage, Barton Road, Cambridge.—Will try and raise subscriptions for Clifford among the residents [of Cambridge]. George Darwin has gone abroad for the sake of his health, so Pollock may not receive a reply from him. Will reply soon about the Women’s Education Union. His wife is gaining strength. Will tell him about current schemes for collegiate reform when they meet.

(With envelope.)

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

St John’s College, Cambridge.—Discusses Pollock’s review of Morris [The Earthly Paradise, Part III]. Huxley has been at Cambridge, stirring up the young Christian men. The Society voted against the extension of the ‘Cont. dis.’[?] Acts last night. Suggests that divorce should be made as easy as marriage, and that polyandry should be made respectable.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Frederick Pollock

(Place of writing not indicated.)—Is delighted [by the news of Pollock’s engagement]. Is studying energy and reading Kant, Aristotle, and Noah Porter [The Human Intellect]. Croom Robertson is going to marry Miss Crompton. Refers to the mathematical volume published in commemoration of the marriage of Camilla Brioschi.

Letter from W. K. Clifford to Georgina Pollock

Belfast.—Before he came to the British Association meeting he and Lucy went to see her parents at Worthing. Refers humorously to the way in which he raised the subject of their marriage with her father. Tyndall, Spencer, and Huxley were delighted with Fred’s letter. Has been with Corfield and Atchison to hear Jellett lecture. Sends sympathies to Fred's legs.

(With envelope.)

Letter from Lucy Clifford to Frederick Pollock

26 Colville Road, Bayswater, W.—She could accept his friend’s offer [cf. A7/10] if it were a gift to her husband’s testimonial, but not as one to herself. Reflects on her fortune in having had several years of perfect companionship with her husband. Sends a letter from John Morley about her manuscript.

(With envelope, postmarked 2 Apr. 1881 (a Saturday).)

Letter from W. K. Clifford to William and Mary F. Clifford

C/o Fräulein Kretschmer, 8 Räcknitz Strasse, Dresden.—The weather is hot. He and his companions have been to the opera with some relatives of Emerson, and have put on an ‘entertainment’ for everyone. Tomorrow they are going to Saxon Switzerland. Describes their usual activities on Sundays and other days.

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