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Letter from Mary Sidgwick to Henry Sidgwick

States that she will be very glad to see any friend that he may bring to Rugby in Passion Week, and that she would very much like to see [J. R.] Seeley. Suggests that they stay a few days into Easter week, so that they could have a party on Easter Tuesday. Announces that his Uncle Robert will be there. States that she leaves Hillary Place [home of her brother John Crofts] the following Tuesday and goes for one night to Ryddlesden [John Benson Sidgwick], then to Stone Gappe [Francis John Lace], then the Raikes [Robert Hodgson Sidgwick] 'ending with poor Lucy Brown at Lytham', and will come home via Crewe.

Claims that she has heard nothing from William, and fears that he is still very unwell. Thanks Henry for his 'full explanation of Miss Tostal's difficulty', and undertakes to call upon her to tell her what he says before she leaves Leeds. Reports that Etty Crofts is reading all the material recommended by Mr Hales 'for the better understanding of his lectures....' Reports also that she has just heard from 'poor Mr. Horton who is suffering from congestion of one lung' and that he is to send his paper on Insanity so that Henry may judge whether it would be received by Macmillan. States that Henry's uncle [John?]'s health is better, and sometimes brave in his resolution to be cheerful, but that he often breaks down.

Letter from W.G. Ward to Henry Sidgwick

Thanks Sidgwick for 'the kind attention' he gave to Ward's essay. Reports that he has had one of two letters from Bain, 'who intends to reply'. Expresses the hope that he will have the opportunity of entering on the [ ] questions raised by Sidgwick. Confesses to feeling great confidence, but states that he feels strongly that a good deal more has to be said. Hopes that the objection Sidgwick has made will help him to bring out his meaning on one or two points with much greater clearness.

Ward, William George (1812-1882) philosopher and theologian

Letter from W.G. Ward to Henry Sidgwick

Informs Sidgwick that he has sent him a paper entitled 'Supplementary Remarks on Free Will', which is 'very easy reading and not long'. Hopes that Sidgwick will read it. Believes that on reading it Sidgwick will realise that his criticisms of Ward's previous paper were based on misconception of his meaning.

Ward, William George (1812-1882) philosopher and theologian

Letter from Edward M. Young to Henry Sidgwick

Refers to having received that morning from Sidgwick a note, which filled him with sorrow. Quotes the words that Jesus uttered on the cross before he died, and hopes that these words, which had been used by Polycarp, Bernard, Luther, [Huss] and others at their death, will be also used by Sidgwick at his demise. Refers to Sidgwick's 'dear wife, for whom they [Young and his wife?] feel for 'most deeply'.

Young, Edward Mallet (1839-1900) Head Master of Sherborne School

Letter from O. Browning to Nora Sidgwick

Writes to express his admiration for the book Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir, which he found very interesting. States that he 'knew most of it before, but...did not expect to find it stated so vividly in a manner to attract those who did not know him.' Remarks that in the book, however, there is nothing about 'the teaching of political as distinguished from antiquarian history, and the training of teachers' - two questions that Henry and he often used to discuss; says since Henry's death he has had no one to help him [in the latter question] 'except the Master of Peterhouse [Adolphus Ward], who is very busy.' Says he has many of Henry's letters, and asks if he should send them to Nora. Asks her to let Arthur Sidgwick know what he thinks of the book.

Browning, Oscar (1837-1923) historian and educational reformer

Letter from James Bryce to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her and Henry for their gift of a book stand, which Bryce's sister [Mary or Catherine?] informs him arrived at B[ ] Square since he left the previous Monday. Explains that he and his wife are in Cumberland for four or five days [on their honeymoon?], 'before going to the further parts of Tyrol.'

Bryce, James (1838-1922) Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, politician

Letter from Mary L. Cannan to Nora Sidgwick

Has been thinking a great deal about Nora over the past few months, 'with love and admiration', and is glad to hear from Th[omas?] that she is 'going to have some change of scene and interest.' Advises her to take all the rest of mind and body she possible can. Refers to the fact that Nora is gathering materials such as letter and papers with the intention of writing a memoir of Henry. Says that she herself has kept many of Henry's letters, and offers to send them to Nora at once. States that they might not meet again, but that their intercourse 'has been a highly valued privilege'. Adds that she hopes to go to Oxford in February, and that Arthur has kindly been giving her accounts of Nora.

Cannan, Mary Louisa (1819-1911) schoolteacher

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

Letter from William Everett to Nora Sidgwick

Acknowledges receipt of Nora's note and a book, which he must have lent to Henry forty-two years previously. Reports that he found far fewer letters by Henry in his files than he expected; has had those he found typed to send the copies to Arthur. Congratulates Nora 'on the New Prime Minister' - [her brother, Arthur Balfour], and adds that it is 'very right that that position should be held by a Trinity man.' Hopes that she 'and the girls flourish at Newnham', and states that he remembers his stay there with great pleasure.

Everett, William (1839-1910) classicist

Letter from Helen Gladstone to Nora Sidgwick

Refers to Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which she has read. Reports that she has heard 'a rumoured criticism that it does not sufficiently bring out Dr. Sidgwick's brilliancy', but claims that she did not notice whether this is true or not, 'so engrossing is the intense interest of his character....' Claims that the book illuminated and realised what she 'dimly saw and firmly believed' of Henry's character, and had the effect of increasing her admiration, reverence and affection for him. States also that the book increased her awareness of Henry's simplicity, which she compares to that of her father and Mr. Darwin. Thanks Nora for having let her know so much.

Gladstone, Helen (1849-1925) educationalist

Letter from Charlotte Green to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for sending her her [Green's] husband' letters: he wrote so few letters that she values the ones that do exist all the more. Declares that she very much enjoyed reading Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, and that it seems to her 'a most vivid picture" of Henry. Remarks that one thing that struck her was 'his wonderful patience and gentleness with those who differed from him.' Has just heard that Miss Maitland has died: it is a great loss to Somerville. Is staying near the Vaughans for a fortnight; Madge has recovered well after the birth of her son David. Hopes that Nora will have a good rest.

Green, Charlotte Byron (1842-1929) promoter of women's education

Letter from John W. Hales to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for sending him a copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which he is reading 'with the greatest interest'. Congratulates her and her 'collaborator' [Arthur Sidgwick] on 'the success with which a most striking and delightful personality is recalled'. He met Henry often when he [Hales] was in residence as a Fellow of Christ's College, and always looks back to the talks he then enjoyed with him and with Professor Seeley 'as amongst the dearest privileges of [his] life'. When he [Hales] was put on the Syndicate 'for considering whether girls should be admitted to the Local [Examinations]' Henry often called to see him to discuss the matter; his own view, in favour of admission, owed much to Henry's encouragement. Adds that Henry was 'the leading and moving spirit of the progressive movements of those days, as of many days after.'

Hales, John Wesley (1836-1914), literary scholar

Letter from John W. Hales to Nora Sidgwick

Regrets to hear she has been unwell, and hopes that she will soon be able to get about again. Is glad to hear that the life of Henry Sidgwick is soon to be published, and predicts that it will 'meet with a wide and cordial welcome'. Offers to send a longer note about him. Relates that when he was in residence as a Fellow of Christ's 'in the years '64 and '65' he and Henry 'had many walks and talks, and frequently inter-dined.' Claims that amongst 'the "dons" of that time', with whom he was acquainted, 'there was no one in any way comparable with [Henry] in intellectual vigour and acuteness, in open-mindedness, in variety of interests....' Thanks Nora for her sympathetic reference to the cause that prevented him [Hales] from lecturing at Newnham the previous term; explains that it was insomnia.

Hales, John Wesley (1836-1914), literary scholar

Three black and white photographs of Henry Sidgwick

One oval portrait, wearing a long jacket and trousers, bow tie and watch and chain, seated in an ornate chair, with one arm resting on a table, with his hand on a book. Two cartes de visite: one of Henry Sidgwick, wearing a long dark jacket and light-coloured trousers, seated on a chair in front of a wall ornamented with plaster-work, with his hand resting on two books, which lie on a covered table; the second is of the head and shoulders of Henry, with a long beard and wearing a dark jacket. According to Henry Jackson [103/59], one of the cartes de visite was taken by [Jules] Guggenheim in Oxford.

Also a blank card with 'Newnham College, Cambridge' printed on it, and an envelope addressed to Nora Sidgwick, postmarked 1907-07-10.

Letter from J.N. Keynes to Nora Sidgwick

States that he is not in favour of including the British Association address [The Scope and Method of Economic Science] 'in the same volume as the Political Economy': the latter is a 'complete whole in itself, and to combine it with a single short paper would appear to be a lop-sided arrangement.' Thinks that the address should be republished, and suggests that they might have the opportunity of talking the matter over further.

Letter from N. MacColl to Nora Sidgwick

Sends her 'a brief note' of Henry Sidgwick's reviews [not included], the first of which was 'a critique of Professor [Fraser]'s edition of Berkeley, which appeared in the numbers of the Athenæum for June 17 + 24 1871.' Refers also to his reviews of Dr Leifchild's, Lord [ ]waite's, and Mr Monck's works, and to a review of Dr [Joseph Georg?] Beer's 'onslaught on Darwinism', as well as an article entitled Ethics for Undenominational schools. Sidgwick's that his last article was 'a review of Dr. Tuke's volume on the Influence of the Mind on the Body in the number for July 12, 1873.'

MacColl, Norman (1843-1904) editor of The Athenaeum

Letter from F.W. Maitland to Nora Sidgwick

Has just returned from the Canaries to find a copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir awaiting him, for which he is very grateful to Nora. Had already had a copy sent to him in his 'winter quarters'; he 'read it eagerly and re-read it and went on re-re-reading.' Praises the work, and expresses the wish that he could do for Leslie Stephen what Nora has done for Henry. Supposes that she is tired of praise. Declares that the book has brought back to him 'some old days', and that the more he thinks over them the more he adores the memory of Henry. Feels that he owes to him far more than he could put into words, and that he could never tell him what he had been to him.

Maitland, Frederic William (1850-1906), legal historian

Letter from J.C. Symonds to Nora Sidgwick

Expresses her delight that Nora is to give her a copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir; Nora will miss it now, though it must be 'a comfort that the responsibility is out of [her] hands.' Remarks also on 'how infinitely pathetic' to her must have been the work of that last dictated bit of autobiography', and states that no one ever lived in his letters as Henry did. Has kept 'that last little note' which Henry wrote to her, which came to her 'at [Mary] Ewarts'. There are 'too many people still left to whom [Henry] was a real friend as well as teacher' for the book to remain unread.

Reports that Katharine is at Davos, that the latter's boys are with her [in Lyme Regis], and that they and Katharine were all at Am Hof with her 'until the last days came.' States that she and [ ] are going to live together at Y[ickley] as soon as the Leafs leave it. Does not know if the arrangement will work out or not. She intends to return to Lyme Regis the following winter. Wishes that the house were really her own. Reports that she heard from Baron von Hügel some days previously. Fears that she has been very ill. Expresses her desire to come to see 'both of them' and Nora 'one day soon'.

Symonds, Janet Catherine North (1837-1913) author

Letter from Frances Noel to Nora Sidgwick

Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which she is grateful to Nora for sending, arrived the previous day, and she is reading it 'with the greatest interest'. Declares what a privilege for her it was to have known Henry, and says that the fact that he and her father [Roden Noel] were such dear friends gives the book 'a double interest' to her. Observes that there are a lot of letters to her father included in it. Praises the portraits of Henry in the book. Looks forward to seeing Nora the following Saturday, and adds the arrival time of the train that she proposes to travel by.

Noel, Frances Gertrude Alice (1864-1941) known as Fanny, daughter of Roden Noel

Letter from Frank Podmore to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for the copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir; has read a good deal of it. Says he is again impressed with the charm of [Henry's] style in the letters.' Miss Johnson hasinformed him that Nora would like him to write a review of the book for the Society for Psychical Research proceedings: would be honoured to do so. Relates that William Sidgwick of Shipton and his nephew [also William Sidgwick] 'gave evidence before [the] Faculty Committee of 1816, and regrets to say that 'they worked their mills 14 hours a day.' Offers to send Nora 'the blue book.'

Podmore, Frank (1856-1910) psychical researcher

Letter from James Robertson to Nora Sidgwick

States that he has greatly enjoyed reading Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir. It is right that it should be published: while some eminent men who have written books 'disappoint in their biographies', Henry's books 'did very far from present him fully', and 'the biography gives the charm of his conversation and personality happily.' It makes him feels that he wishes he had known him better than he had. Refers to Henry's position in regard to matters of faith and his fairness of judgment.; would have liked to have known more of Henry's attitude to Christianity. Refers to the 'last months', and declares the letters of that time to be 'especially remarkable even from a literary point of view for sincerity and the perfect expression of true and vivid feeling.' Trusts that [Arthur] Balfour 'will get much good from this short rest.'

Letter from Arthur Sidgwick to Nora Sidgwick

Reports that Ryland Adkins has been staying in Oxford for a political dinner, and mentioned that he had been reading Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir 'with the greatest possible interest', and that an aunt of his had also been reading it 'with the keenest interest within quite a few days of her death.'

Sidgwick, Arthur (1840–1920), educationist and classical scholar

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