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Letter from Lord Acton to Nora Sidgwick

Writes on the death of Henry Sidgwick, and expresses his, Lady Acton's and others' sympathies on her 'dreadful loss'. Declares that he has lost 'the best of friends and colleagues...' Refers to the sympathy and admiration he felt for Henry in relation the manner in which he bore his illness. Reports that [Andrew?] Forsyth spent an hour discussing things with Sidgwick at Jebb's, 'and had no idea till long after that anything was wrong.' States that they were not aware of the gravity of the situation until three weeks earlier, when he met Nora with Arthur J. Balfour.

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg (1834-1902) 1st Baron Acton, historian

Letters from Nora and Henry Sidgwick to Mary Sidgwick

Nora remarks on how sad it is that her and Henry's quiet time [in Paris on their honeymoon] is coming to an end, and how quickly the time has passed, but how long it seems since their wedding day. They go to Rouen the following day and then by Amiens to Calais, from where they will cross the channel back to England. They must be at Carlton Gardens the following Tuesday as Henry must look over some examination papers. They go to Cambridge on the following Friday for one day and return to London until the Monday following when they settle at Cambridge.

If the following day is as delightful as that day they may stay on in Paris 'till the last minute', because it 'does look lovely in the sun, with the fresh green trees, and the chestnuts just coming into flower'. They have been two or three times 'to the play, and enjoyed the excellent acting very much': last night they heard Racine's Athalie, and found it dull, but there were 'two very good little comedies afterwards'.

Henry writes that he is sorry to hear that William has been so depressed; hopes that the change will do him good, and that he will come over to Cambridge as soon as possible. Undertakes to write to him in the next couple of days. In relation to his mother's 'Munificent offer', states that Nora says that they have no breakfast service, dinner service, glass or cruet stand; they would be very grateful if she were to give them any of these. They have looked at the china shops in Paris, but prefer London pottery. Is sure that the crest sent to Arthur Balfour [see 105/9] was satisfactory. Notes on Saturday, 22 April that the morning is 'perfectly Lovely, and it is Madness to leave Paris, but Nora has an extravagant passion for church architecture, and is carrying [him] off to Rouen.' They will cross the channel on the following Monday or Tuesday, and have arranged to be at 4 Carlton Gardens on Tuesday; will write again from there.

Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge

Letter from Leslie Stephen to Henry Sidgwick

Expresses his eagerness to write in honour of Darwin [on the occasion of the publication of Francis Darwin's Life and Letters of Charles Darwin], but envisages some difficulties, viz., the papers, including the Times, being so full of Darwin 'from every point of view' that it will be difficult 'to make one's voice heard.' Presumes that [J. T. ?] Knowles and others have already arranged for reviews. Refers to Darwin's own autobiography, and suggests that any review should merely say 'read it'. Remarks that F[rancis] Darwin 'may be quite sure that the book has intrinsic interest enough to dispense with any [puffing] or interpreting.' Undertakes to read the book at once, and consider what he can do. Complains of '[t]hat accursed dictionary [of National Biography]', which he describes as a treadmill, but claims that he is getting into a sort of routine, which will give him time to do other things. Claims that he is always trying to get to Cambridge to see his boy [his step-son George Duckworth] there, but doesn't often succeed; hopes to be there one day during the term, and promises to make an effort to see Sidgwick. Expresses his [and Mrs Stephen's) gladness that [Arthur?] Balfour is convalescing.

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), knight, author and literary critic

Printed letter from Henry Sidgwick to the editor of the Times on the question of compulsory Greek

Appeals to those proposing to vote the following day 'against all consideration of the question of relaxing the requirement of two classical languages as a condition of the Cambridge Degree in Arts'. Maintains that their arguments render their 'summary refusal of inquiry peculiarly unjustifiable.'

Says that a certain section of his opponents who campaign for a refusal of inquiry into the matter base their arguments on the belief 'that it is impossible to impart literary culture without two ancient languages...and that the amount of knowledge of Latin and Greek now imposed by the Previous Examination secures on the average an adequate amount of literary culture. States that 'if the opposition to the Graces had been based on grounds such as these', he would have thought it 'narrow-minded and ill-judged', but 'should not have complained of the stage at which it was offered.'

Strongly objects however to the argument that if the suggested change were to be adopted, it would result in the extinction or abandonment of Greek. As a counter-argument he points out that 'the experienced headmasters - mostly classical scholars - who are foremost in advocating the change, consider such predictions groundless.' Suggests that there is a strong case for further inquiry into the matter, and that the opinions of schoolmasters on the subject 'might be obtained and laid before the University.'

States that 'the list of residents who have declared themselves in favour of the appointment of a Syndicate includes 18 of the University professors', and that to these may be added the name of Lord Rayleigh, formerly Professor of Experimental Physics. Adds that he has been authorised to state 'that Mr. Arthur Balfour has telegraphed from Dublin to a friend in Cambridge expressing his regret that he cannot be present to vote, as he is strongly in favour of the Grace.'

Letter from Isabel Sidgwick to Nora Sidgwick

States that by Herbert [her son]'s kind help she is in time to greet Nora the following day. Sends their love to her and best wishes that she may have comfort and the joy of knowing her work is of increasing value. Remarks that Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir seems to be occupying much attention. Has just come from a visit to the O[gles] in London; reports that everybody she met spoke of the great pleasure the book was giving them. Liked the review of it in the Times Literary Supplement, but did not like the one by H. Paul. Adds that those to whom she spoke in London said that the effect of the book was to make them feel as though they had been talking to Henry again.

States that the effect of melancholy to which the reviews allude could not be avoided 'because the letters naturally deal so much with his theological feelings and his deep thoughts on life.' Claims that he was 'so bright and happy in his intercourse with his friends', and how he showed his best side when he felt 'the answering sympathy'. Refers to his complaint of the want of humour in George Eliot, and declares that she has just been reading some of her work, and 'had been feeling this so much - in spite of Mrs Poyser [in Adam Bede] and the 4 aunts'. Declares that they are glad to see that Arthur Balfour 'is so much better for his sea air' and hopes that Monday night won't try him too much. Reports that she had lunch with Nevil the previous day at Lincoln College, and that he could only spare her three hours. Refers also to Arthur. Has been reading [Memoirs of] Archbishop Temple , and remarks on how carelessly it has been edited [by E. G. Sandford]. Remarks that Henry's memoir is 'a charming size', and that one volume is much more likely to be read than two.

Sidgwick, Sarah Isabella (1832-1918), wife of William Carr Sidgwick

Letter from Leslie Stephen to Nora Sidgwick

The editor of Mind [G. F. Stout] has asked him to write an obituary notice of Henry Sidgwick for the January 1901 number of the journal. If the article were to be essentially an estimate of Henry's philosophical work, he would prefer to leave it to someone else, and would prefer to write of him on a personal level: due to his [Stephen's] absence from Cambridge 'from a very early period', he knows very little at first hand of Henry's work as Professor [of Moral Science] or his work in relation to the promotion of women's education. Asks Nora if she would care to assist him by referring him to others who could be of use to him in this matter. Intends to be in Cambridge the following Tuesday. Has also written to Nora's brother [Arthur Balfour], and to Arthur Sidgwick.

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), knight, author and literary critic

Letter from Leslie Stephen to Henry Sidgwick

Believes that Jebb, Myers and Maitland 'are desirable names.' Refers to the 'originators of the scheme who objected to having more than a few [and] when [Stephens] suggested Maitland doubted.' Announces his intention of sending to him at once and asking him to send on to Myers. Believes them to have a good set of names, and announces that he shall propose Maitland when he meets his collaborators. States that he is amused by the caution of Balfour and Lord Rosebery, who, he says, have both learnt to be afraid of commiting themselves to his creed. Thanks Sidgwick for his note.

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), knight, author and literary critic

Letter from Henry Rutgers Marshall to Arthur J. Balfour

Expresses his appreciation for Balfour's personal acknowledgment of the receipt of Marshall's Instinct and Reason. Regrets that he found no opportunity in its pages to express the obligation he felt he owed to him for the help obtained from Balfour's writings. Explains that he is an architect 'in very active practice', and claims that he has been influenced by Balfour's example to continue his work in psychology, even though it has involved 'much arduous labour and not a few sacrifices.' Hopes that Balfour will find the opportunity to read his book, and make criticisms on it. States that all Americans 'are just now rejoicing with all England that Kipling's life has been saved.' Declares that the latter introduced him some years previously to Balfour's brother Eustace. Adds that one of his pleasantest memories is connected with Balfour's sister, Nora Sidgwick, 'who entertained [him] most graciously when [he] was last in England.' Asks to be remembers to her and to Henry Sidgwick.

Marshall, Henry Rutgers (1852-1927) architect and psychologist

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to A.J. Patterson

Explains the delay in replying to Patterson's letter as being due to 'a difficulty about finding appropriate topics of Consolation - suitable to the unfortunate situation, private and public, which [his] letter depicts.' States that the prevailing idea [in England] is that there is to be no war; and 'that Russia is to have her way in Bulgaria...' Believes that Patterson's colleagues 'will be spared the necessity of going into military quarters', and reports that now 'there appear to be the first mutterings of another scare about Affghanistan [sic].' In relation to Patterson's private troubles, i.e., the small size of his class, states that at Oxford and Cambridge they 'are beginning to consider that it is rather in a Professor's favour if he only gets a small class: it is a sign that his loyalty to his subject is too strong to allow him to degrade it by popularizing it.' In relation to his other problem, i.e., the length of time his lectures take and the fact that he has been called upon to lecture on English literature, to which task he feels himself inadequate, Sidgwick charges Patterson with being 'the laziest of men', but someone who, when he makes up his mind to do some work, 'is very exacting in its thoroughness'. Asks if he would like 'an opportunity of getting out of [his] position'. Reports that in England they 'are keeping her Majesty's jubilee in a rather unjubilant frame of mind.' Refers to the state of things in Ireland in negative terms, and to Gladstone, who is 'agitating for Parnell with the reckless impetuosity of his [in every sense] green old age'. Admits to being doubtful about his brother-in-law's [A.J. Balfour] prospects in relation to coercion, the failure of which will cause his career to be a failure. Predicts that if it succeeds 'the "left wing" of the patriots are likely to dynamite him.' Asks Patterson to send some more news of himself. Tells him that Mrs Sidgwick send her kind remembrances. With envelope. (2 docs)

Letter from E.S. Talbot, Bishop of Southwark, to Henry Sidgwick

Expresses his 'hearty admiration' for the fly sheet that Sidgwick sent around on the Selwyn question. Claims that he feels as if he had been searching for years for a genuine Liberal, and that now he has finally found one. Asks if Sidgwick has any spare copies of the pamphlet. Sends his regards to Mrs Sidgwick, and declares that he believes that she and he 'acted in some kind of unison in regard to Arthur B[alfour]'s "infamy"'.

Talbot, Edward Stuart (1844-1934) Bishop of Winchester

Letter from James Ward to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for the copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir; explains that he wanted to read it before acknowledging its receipt. Says that he went to Lowestoft to work, and to read the book 'by the way', but that it has engrossed him all week, and has interested him intensely. Says that it gives 'everything that personal friends most wanted', but regrets to say he does not think it is at all 'the work the world wanted or expected.' Suggests that '[t]he general need would have been better met...by a topical arrangement' rather than the exclusively chronological one that she has adopted, and also that the letters 'might have been curtailed sufficiently to make room for some continuous presentation of Sidgwick as a philosopher, a political thinker, an educationalist, and a "man of letters" '. Remarks that it is odd to find in the life of a philosopher 'no account of his philosophy'.

Fears that the impression that is likely to be made is that Henry cared more for psychical research - a topic that is 'ever recurring' and which takes up a large part of the index entries. Believes that this latter interest was 'the real labor injustus of his life', and laments that it was Benson and Westcott 'of all men' who should have started him 'on this surely hopeless quest'. Refers to his '[ ] hasty acceptance of telepathy', and 'his later tacit retraction'. States that 'no one can fail to admire his moral courage in this whole Memoir however much one regrets the terrible waste of powers that would [ ] have been better employed.' Believes that had he lived longer he would have done very much more. Suggests that it might have been worthwhile to add the name of the Vice Chancellor who appointed Dr Cunningham as deputy for Professor Birks [in 1881], if, as he believes, it was Dr Perowne. Also suggests that Frank Balfour 'might have been mentioned on page 224 as a member of the Eundum. Refers also to Coutts [Trotter?], and to [Gerry] D[arwin]. Expresses his surprise at finding no letters to Professor [ ] Robertson in the Memoir.

Wonders why he should mention all these things when what wholly possesses him 'is renewed admiration and affection for about the most perfect man [he has] ever known'. States that he should place Henry and Arthur Balfour in this category. Relates that when he [Ward] 'was tired of waiting for a post in Cambridge [Henry] offered him £150 a year to stay'. Claims that he did not accept it, but soon afterwards Henry resigned his professorship and Ward was then assigned a place on the College staff.

Ward, James (1843-1925) philosopher and psychologist

Letter from Wilfrid Ward to Nora Sidgwick

Ought long ago to have thanked Nora for sending him back his letters to Henry Sidgwick, but wanted to wait until he had finished Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir. Finds it 'extraordinarily interesting', and has much to say about it, but will not inflict a long letter on her. Is in the process of writing an article on the book for the next Dublin Review, and states that the theme will be Henry's intellectual character, and the effect of intellectual stimulation that he produced in those with whom he had conversations. Adds that he contrasts him with Jowett, who, although Ward was very fond of him, 'was most unstimulating'. Undertakes to send Nora a copy of his article in proof when it is ready. Hopes that her brother [Arthur Balfour] is quite well again 'after his rest cure.'

Ward, Wilfrid Philip (1856-1916) biographer and ecclesiastical historian

Letter from Mary Sidgwick to Henry Sidgwick

Declares that she is glad to hear that he is taking it easy 'in those few lovely days' which they had the previous week. Hopes that he [and Nora] can find something that she may give them as a wedding present, and asks if they want a dinner service or a D[ ] service, or if they would prefer something in silver. Asks if he received the watch and chain. Assures him that she 'heard not a word about any single person being "bored" on the 4th' [the Sidgwicks' wedding day], and that everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Reports that F. W. H. Myers wrote to her saying that he enjoyed the wedding very much, and also sent her his verses. Adds that the party with her, including Uncle William and Aunt Steph[anie? ] 'seemed very happy'. Declares Nora's dress and veil to be 'befitting an angel.' Promises to do her best to obtain a cook, and undertakes to make an impression of the Great Seal and to send it that night to [A. J.] Balfour. Asks whether his wife is to be known as 'Eleanor' or 'Nora'. States that she received a card from Minnie that morning, and that the latter is anxious to hear from Henry. Adds that she also saw A. Clark, who thinks she is better, and spoke highly of Henry.

Sidgwick, Mary (d 1879), mother of Henry Sidgwick

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Refers to Dr Andrew Clark, and his failure to adequately treat Mary's complaint; hopes soon to have a better account of the matter. Cannot persuade Nora to give an exact date for their wedding: her eldest brother [Arthur Balfour], who will have to entertain their friends, is expected home in a few days, and she wishes to wait for him to come home before making a final decision. The wedding will definitely be in the week before Passion Week, and most probably on the Tuesday of that week; hopes that this will suit his mother. Suggests that it would probably most comfortable for her to accept 'Lucy's invitation' [to stay with her]. Encloses a list of the presents that they have already received [not included]. Claims that he cannot think 'of anything that remains ungiven except breakfast, dinner and dessert services, spoons, knives and forks etc.', but presumes that she will think of other things.

Letter from Sir George Young to Nora Sidgwick

The present [of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir] from Nora and Arthur Sidgwick arrived at his home the previous day, and detained him 'till a late hour'; says that they have 'executed a difficult task with judgment, and presented an excellent picture, of what the life really was....' Believes that Henry 'was one of the very best gifted minds of [their] time', and that his soul, also, was one of the highest. Does not think that anything he [Young] ever sent Henry can be worth returning to him, but it may give him a pleasure to see his notes again. Refers to one [letter] that he sent to Henry about 'the meeting at Cambridge on University Tests', and one note he sent him 'after the last sad communication'. Expresses his happiness that Arthur Balfour 'is returned by an increased majority'. States that he 'did not think it nice to oppose him', and hopes that his illness is 'only a transitory effect' of their work.

Young, Sir George (1837-1930) 3rd baronet

Letter from Rt. Hon. John Morley to Henry Sidgwick

Asks Sidgwick why he did not come to Brighton 'instead of fleeing to Broadstairs'. Expresses his eagerness to receive Balfour's writings. Mentions that he is going to print a paper of the latter's on the new conditions of the Indian Civil service, in his next numbers [of the Fortnightly Review]. Complains that being a writer for the Encyclopaedia Britannica is a thankless job: 'One must try to be thorough and yet there is no room.' Predicts that Sidgwick 'will be amused by a short note of Pattison's...against Bridges' in his next number [Fortnightly Review, Aug 1877, 22(128), pp. 285-286].

Morley, John (1838–1923) 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn, politician

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Wwould have written before, but was expecting to hear from her about her impression of Dr Andrew Clark and of the success of his treatment. Hopes that the last arrangements of Mr Rogers are answering. Has been at Rugby with Arthur and Charlotte, and Nora has been staying there too for a week; believes that Nora gets on well with Charlotte. His and Nora's plans are still quite uncertain: they do not know whether Arthur Balfour is coming home immediately or not, but believe that he is, and until he comes Nora does not like to settle absolutely the time of their wedding.

Asks whether she has heard from William: Charlotte says he has 'quite fixed to come back to Oxford at Easter'. It has been hinted to him that some of his friends are thinking of giving him a watch and chain; mentions this because she said she was saving up his birthday presents for one. Suggests that she should 'divert them to some other object', but offers to intimate to his friends 'that Destiny has already a Watch in store for [him].' Announces that the Bishop of Exeter [Frederick Temple] is coming to dine with him that evening; he is preaching at St Mary's, and 'all the old Rugbeians are coming in afterwards to see him'.

Letter from Lord Goschen to Henry Sidgwick

Asks Sidgwick to accept the enclosed invitation [not included] to deliver an address. Informs him that he had first asked Arthur Balfour to carry it out, but it was the latter's view that it should be given by 'a real economist'. Explains that he [Goschen] had undertaken to deliver the address the previous year.

Goschen, George Joachim (1831-1907), 1st Viscount Goschen, politician and financier

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

His activities in London the previous day, including his attendance at a debate in the House of Lords prevented him from writing to her to say that he and Nora have fixed on 4 April for their wedding day. Asks her advice on whom he should invite: Arthur Balfour has practically left it up to Henry to decide. His own idea is to ask his uncles and aunts 'and the Edward Sidgwicks and perhaps Ellen Crofts... one or two of [his] most intimate friends and Miss Green'. Wonders whether the other first cousins may feel aggrieved at not being asked. Will write to his Aunt Henrietta himself, and asks his mother to clarify the address for him. A formal printed invitation can be sent to the others. Does not expect his relatives to come from Yorkshire. Hopes that [Dr] A[ndrew] C[lark]'s last treatment has had better success, 'and that the trouble about the teeth is over. Says he is 'still supremely happy - sometimes quite overwhelmingly so.' Does not wish to be 'singular', and states that he would like to think 'that [nearly] all mankind were as happy, at least once in their lives.'

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

In relation to 'the guarantee', states that he will take his share, 'and could probably persuade Arthur Balfour if not Rayleigh. Thinks that Crookes and Well[ington?] 'are too poor.' Declares that he does not want to have to pay Paddock's damages for breach of contract. Does not believe that it will be considered that there were adequate grounds for the breach. Wishes that he thought otherwise 'for Eva [Fay?]'s sake' and theirs. Invites Myers to come on Saturday to talk it and other things over. Reports that he has sent off his last copy, but is 'still overwhelmed with labours.' Is condidering going to town at the end of the following week, and asks Myers if he shall be there.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

[Sent from A. Balfour's house, Strathconan, Ross-shire]:- Explains that his last letter to her was written on their journey from Edinburgh. Refers to the 'charm of the scenery', and to the nearby hills, one of which they climbed a day or two previously. Reports that his brothers-in-law began to stalk deer on the previous Monday, and that they have killed four stags. States that they are 'now living almost entirely on the produce of the chase of various kinds'; is glad she likes the grouse sent to her. Reports that he has gone with Nora to visit two or three people 'in the "Strath", one of them a woman living in almost the only remaining specimen of the stone hovels that a generation ago were the ordinary houses [there]'. Remarks on the resemblance of the Highland people to Irishmen 'as [they] ordinarily imagine them, and refers to a woman whom they visited, 'who said "at all at all" just like an Irishwoman in fiction' but he 'did not detect in her household arrangements any of the recognised defects of the Irish character'. States that they have promised to stay there until the following Wednesday, and he thinks that they will then return to Cambridge. Reports that Nora sends her love, and expresses their concern that she has had some pain in her hand.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

[Sent from Whittingehame, A. Balfour's house in Lothian]:- He and Nora were very busy up to the end of the previous year, until they escaped to Prestonkirk on New Year's Eve. They arrived in Cambridge on 26 December, on Thursday morning they were completing their arrangements for the Conference of Schoolmistresses on the following day, and their friends arrived that evening 'and educational talk began lasting without intermission till Friday evening...' On Saturday he began to prepare his answers for the Cambridge University Commissioners, and finished them on Monday morning, before his journey to Scotland.

Reports on the conference itself, which 'made up a compact and business-like meeting at the Townhall.' States that he was impressed with the schoolmistresses, who 'said what they had to say in a clear, short, practical way'. They 'fixed a limit of ten minutes for the speeches, but the only speaker who showed the least desire to exceed it was a Man..' Mentions that among the speeches made was one by Professor John Mayor. A short paragraph about the conference was sent to the newspapers, and got into the Times. Among those who came were James Wilson from Rugby with his sister Annie, who is head of a school at Grantham; Annie Marshall from Leeds, Professor Green from Oxford 'with his professorial honours fresh upon him', and Eve 'who used to be at Wellington College. States that Arthur was not able to come because Charlotte was not well enough to be left.

Reports that they have 'delightful weather' there in Prestonkirk, and that his brothers-in-law are all assembled. Claims that he has got the burden of his article pretty much off his mind. Describes the 'lovely winter view' from his window. Sends on Nora's love. Adds that they did not hear any political secrets at Hatfield, but reports that Myers, whom they had seen in London 'had seen Dizzy at Windsor Castle and reports that he bore a remarkably swaggering and triumphant aspect', and they are afraid that 'that Hebrew has been brewing some ill for his step-native land!'

Letter from [Harriet] Grote to Henry Sidgwick

Declares that she has read the paper on the Sophists. Relates that she discussed the matter with Mr Jowett when he came to visit the previous Monday. Jowett admitted 'that G.G[rote] was right but will have it that "Sophist" carried, at that period, no dyslogistic meaning'. Reports that, since Sidgwick and Mrs Sidgwick's visit to her at Ridgeway, she has found another letter of M. Comte's from 1845, and offers to give him a copy of it. Mentions that she also neglected to show him 'a fine Autogr[aph] of A[ugustus] C[omte] - large hand - in flyleaf of L'ensemble du Positivisme 1848.' The last two pages of the latter work 'contain an urgent appeal to his followers to "keep him going", as the chief teacher of the Religion of Humanity.' Expresses her hope of seeing Sidgwick and Mrs Sidgwick again before she dies. Sends her thanks to Mrs Sidgwick 'for her little note'. Reports that she had a visit from George Darwin on the previous Sunday, who gave her Sidgwick's present address. Darwin informed her that he had been on a visit [with [F] Leveson Gower] to A[rthur] Balfour 'in the far north', in August. She expects Professor Alexander Bain and Benjamin Jowett to visit for a few days early in October.

Grote, Harriet (1792-1878) woman of letters

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to A.J. Patterson

Reports that he sent on Patterson's letter of 16 November to his brother Arthur, being himself unable to answer more than a part of it. States his intention of going to visit Patterson in Budapest during the Easter vacation, and will plan a visit to Germany around his Hungarian trip. Hopes his health is better than last year. Reports that he is 'trying to effect a temporary transfer of [his] habits of reflection from the subject of "Politics", on which [he has] more or less concentrated [his] mind for some years, to that of "Experimental Psychology"'. Announces that there is to be a congress held in London on the subject, at which he must preside the following August. Reports that he is staying with Arthur Balfour 'who is putting on his armour for the Parliamentary campaign'. Refers to the coming general election, and declares that he has no doubt 'that the Separatist party will have a majority; but the question is whether they will have a majority large enough to carry so fateful a change as Home Rule [for Ireland].' Asks Patterson to send him Mr [Zsolt?] Beothy's full title and address.

Letter from H.G. Dakyns to Nora Sidgwick

Refers to her 'nice long letter', which he received two weeks previously, and sends on the thanks of Maggie and Frances [his wife and daughter] for all Nora's good wishes and for the pleasure her letter gave them. Hopes that she is well, and remarks that from her description of her life it seems to him that she is comfortable. Remarks also on the 'solemn and momentous incidents' that have occurred since she wrote to him, including [the deaths of] Creighton, Frederick Myers and the Queen. Adds that they all agree that her brother [Arthur Balfour]'s words 'were the noblest of all' [in relation to the Queen's death.]

Says that he is going to get a new map of Egypt [where Nora is travelling?], so that they 'may sit on that high place and see those sunsets - and the line of the mighty river and the E[ ] plain and the distant mountains.' States that he is also going soon to Oxford when Arthur [Sidgwick] 'has settled down and is ready' for him; wishes that 'something [could] be done to release [Arthur] from some of his work'. Wishes he knew what Henry would have advised him to do. Refers to the explanatory note on the numbers of Henry's letters, which he sends on a separate page [included].

Dakyns, Henry Graham (1838-1911) schoolmaster

Postcard from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Reports that he is engaged 'all evenings and Sunday afternoon'; on Sunday he goes to [Arthur] Balfour, and 'must therefore see [Myers] first'. Has done nothing as yet about Petty. Adds that he is staying with Fawcett and would like to breakfast with Myers on Sunday morning.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Reports on a séance attended by him, presided over by the mediums Miss F[airlamb] and Miss Wood, and attended by himself and Miss Balfour [among others]. Refers to ghosts who 'appeared', including 'Pocky' and 'Minnie'. Refers to Miss F[airlamb] having declined to be searched. Adds that they all thought that 'the movements of the small figures just like those of [a] girl on her knees.' Claims that he is 'unconvinced of the girls['] fraud', but believes that the Hollonds are convinced of it, and that Miss Balfour is suspicious of them. Adds that 'A. J. B[alfour] was not there. Asks Myers' opinion on the matter.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Discusses the séance referred to in a previous letter [100/267], and refers to the weight in the hammock, and to Miss Wood having gone into the cabinet with a chair. Announces that he goes to Newcastle the following day. States that he and the Balfours [Arthur and Eleanor?] think that he [Sidgwick] ought to explain to Blake, Armstrong and the mediums that they must have the right of search 'à discretion, and break off if refused'. Wishes to know Myers' and Gurney's opinion on the matter. Announces that he goes on Thursday 5 August to stay with 'JEX [Blake?]' in Grasmere, and then on to Oldchurch, where he is to meet Myers. Refers to the cost of the media, which he declares was 'not dear.' Adds that the Hollands will come to Cambridge 'for about 4 days', and that St. George Mivart would like to come 'for a day or two'.

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