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Letter from E.F. Benson to Nora Sidgwick

Refers to a packet 'labelled as [his] Uncle Henry's letters' [not included], which he sends to her, and tells her to deal with it as she wishes. Claims that he is 'having a long task over papers and letters' [after the death of his mother], but that there are nice moments in it.

Benson, Edward Frederic (1867–1940), novelist

Letter from Laura E. Stuart to Nora Sidgwick

Letter [118/1]: Encloses 'a copy of a little magazine', because it contains a reminiscence concerning Henry Sidgwick, which she thought might interest Nora. Sends regards of herself and her husband.

Printed extract from the Carrow Works Magazine [118/2]: including James Stuart's recollection of having drawn up a letter 'to a learned body in Cambridge asking its members to extend its privileges to the outside world.' Gave Henry Sidgwick the draft to read, and the latter's corrections impressed upon him 'the great advantage of not overstating a thing.'

Stuart, Laura Elizabeth (1859-1920) writer, wife of Professor James Stuart

Letter from Herbert Fisher to Nora Sidgwick

Expresses his gratitude to her for letting him see 'these two letters', which he says are of great interest. States that the dated letter 'expresses views upon a subject upon which [he believes] there is no published view of Maitland's views', International Law. Has taken copies of the letters.

Fisher, Herbert Albert Laurens (1865–1940), historian and politician

Letter from Henry Jackson to Nora Sidgwick

Says he made an exact copy of the list of the Ad Eundem [see 103/57], but asks Nora to send it back to him if it turns up, as it is 'the only early record of the Society.' Regarding to the three photographs [of Henry Sidgwick] that he sends [see 103/60], claims the 'carte de visite head' taken by Guggenheim in Oxford was not his. Thinks that the oval photograph 'excellently represents Henry as he was soon after he took his degree.' Adds that he has, and values, Mr [ ] Smith's 'admirable portrait.'

Jackson, Henry (1839-1921), classical scholar

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

Card from Arthur Sidgwick to Nora Sidgwick

Sends Nora a letter, which seems to him 'a sincere and touching tribute' [not included]. Hopes that she is well, and has had some rest. Explains that he is still tied [to Oxford] by an effort to reduce his arrears. Wishes her well for 1907.

Letter from Alfred Marshall to Nora Sidgwick

Refers to an enclosed extract [included: 106/4/2] from the Harvard Quarterly Journal of Economics listing recent publications on economics, including Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir.

Marshall, Alfred (1842–1924) economist

Letter from Arthur Sidgwick to Nora Sidgwick.

Returns the obituary of Henry Sidgwick [included: 106/1B], which he describes as 'a very extraordinary production, and yet touching.' Supposes that 'her feeling pressed for utterance and she [Meta Benfey] thought it was so long ago that it did not matter'. Has translated the exordium and sent it to Minnie; thinks that he had said to Nora the previous night that he would send the translation of the Benfey article to her, but failed to send it, and so sent it to Minnie. With envelope addressed to Nora Sidgwick, postmarked 28 Nov 1906

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

Letter from F.W. Maitland to Nora Sidgwick

Announces that he is returning the letters that she lent him [not included], and thanks her for the loan of them. Remarks that it is sad work reading old letters.

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

Letter from Mary A. Ewart to Nora Sidgwick

Refers to the current number 'of the [American] Outlook [6 Oct 1906]' sent to her by her friend Miss Sington, part of which she now encloses [included]. It contains a review of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir by H. Addinton Bruce, which Sington believed Ewart would like to see, and suggested that it should be shown to Nora, or to someone at Newnham College. Expresses the desire to introduce Sington to Nora, and hopes to do so when the latter goes to her flat the following February.

Reports that she spent September at A[rmadale?], opposite R[um], and spent two days with Madge and Mr Vaughan and their four children. Adds that she spent a day in August with Katharine's nurse, and her mother and boys. States that that Katharine and her mother 'are enlarging the garden before they move to Lyme Regis', and that Katharine will probably go to Davos in the winter.

Ewart, Mary Anne (1830-1911) supporter of education for women

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 G.W. Prothero to Nora Sidgwick

Explains that he has been busy with Ecclesiastical Commission business, and the 'Camb[ridge] Mod[ern] Hist[ory]', and has only just found time to read Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir. Writes to tell Nora how much he likes and admires it, referring to its self-restraint and dignity, and to the way in which the letters 'are left to tell their own story, aided by the excellent pieces of biography or incidental explanation here and there.'

Prothero, Sir George Walter (1848-1922) Knight, historian

Letter from Frederick Macmillan (on behalf of Macmillan and Co. Ltd.) to Nora Sidgwick

Assures her that the company would not think of printing another edition of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir without letting her have an opportunity of making any changes she thought desirable. States that the question of reprinting does not arise at that time, although the sales 'have been eminently satisfactory'; relates that they have disposed of over one thousand four hundred of the two thousand copies that were printed

Macmillan, Sir Frederick Orridge (1851-1936) publisher

Letter from Mary A. Ewart to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for her letter, and for the 'most useful information about Mrs Fitzgibbon. States that she had told Mr Clark Kennedy and will keep Nora's letter 'for action later in the year'. Adds that they all ought to know far more about Canada than they do. States that she so much enjoyed Nora's '48 hours' [in Coneyhurst] as she always does, and hopes that next time she will stay for longer.

Regrets not having been able to find the letters from Miss Sington. Quotes from a letter from her, written in response to Ewart's disclosure that she could not find the letters; Sington says she wrote to Ewart soon after reading Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir, telling her how much it appealed to her, and comparing Henry's soul to a crystal because it only reflected light, and claiming that she would treasure the book. States that Louise Sington 'is a very delightful woman - very thoughtful and most responsive to, and appreciating all high and good things.' Refers to her slow recovery after 'a very anxious operation, coming quickly after the loss of her beloved friend Rosamond Lyell', which was borne by her admirably. States that she is very interested in the autobiography of the Duke of Argyle. Adds that she thinks that she and her sister go to London for September.

Ewart, Mary Anne (1830-1911) supporter of education for women

Letter from Courtney Kenny to Nora Sidgwick

Excuses himself for pointing out to her 'a trivial misprint' in Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, to be found on a line of the 'verse cited from [James Russell] Lowell on p.466'. States that he found the book to be 'intensely interesting and impressive' and remarks on 'how great a service has been rendered to the thoughtful people of the present day by its publication.'

Kenny, Courtney Stanhope (1847–1930) jurist

Letter from J.S. Phillpotts to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for her letter. Thinks that Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir 'recalls a great deal of [Henry] to those who knew him', but fears that it would not give to those who did not know him 'any full reflection of the indefinite charm [there was] of his conversation or of the loveableness in his nature.' Admits that it is impossible to reproduce conversation in writing. Relates that he followed Henry and other friends in joining the Free Christian Union. Refers to J. J. Taylor, and suggests that his name is spelt 'Tayler'. Suggests that the Union was in some sense a precursor of the Christian Social Union and the Christian Social Service.

Phillpotts, James Surtees (1839-1930) headmaster and author

Letter from J.S. Phillpotts to Nora Sidgwick

Has been reading Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir 'with great interest'; remarks that one misses in 'the "litera scripta" the peculiar charm of [Henry's] "vox viva"'. Speaks of Henry's charm, humour, openness and warmth. Reports that they have their 'Cambridge daughter [Bertha] home now', and that she has been made Librarian at Girton. Adds that 'Iceland [with] Scandinavian folk-lore is her hobby and to work at this she wants to be near a University Library.'

Phillpotts, James Surtees (1839-1930) headmaster and author

Letter from F.Y. Edgeworth to Nora Sidgwick

Explains that he had put off thanking Nora for the copy of Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir until he had read it, and that he had put off reading it 'in order to have leisure while doing so to put [his] reflections in the form of a review'; says that this will shortly be published in the Economic Journal, and that in it he has tried to express his admiration 'for the character which is so well portrayed in the Memoir.' Is proud to be among those 'who as friends and admirers of Sidgwick have been thought worthy to receive the Memoir.'

Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro (1845–1926) economist

Letter from Charles Waldstein to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora and Arthur Sidgwick for sending him a copy of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which he wished to finish reading before writing to her. Read the book with profound interest, and says that every word in it is precious to him. Feels that 'the book as it is done is done in [Henry's] spirit', and that Nora has carried out his wishes, and avoided all inessential personal matters'. Praises the work, but states that he could never be satisfied by any biography of Henry, because it was written by members of his family. Declares that he wants 'the man himself just so much - or not only, the philosopher, the philanthopist, the conscientious struggler for [ ] religious conviction.' Recalls a conversation he had with him once while they were taking a walk, in which he touched on 'intimate personal facts of life - with his own absolute candour', and observes that the book does not reveal anything of this trait, nor of his humour and 'essential humanness'. Claims that he is not criticising or complaining, but 'writing truthfully as [Henry] would have liked' him to do. Declares that there are two theories of what a biography should be, one being 'the objective, less personal, "epistolary" form', and the other 'includes the real personality', which, he claims, letters 'hardly ever give'. Suggests that Nora and Arthur could not produce the latter, and hopes that 'some friend, endowed with artistic insight and sympathy and literary powers of reputatio], will some day do it, to supplement [their] excellent work.'

Walston, Sir Charles (1856-1927) Knight, archaeologist

Letter from John W. Graham to Nora Sidgwick

Encloses 'a very small cheque for the F.W.H. Myers Memorial' [not included]. States that he has just been reading carefully through Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir 'with very unusual pleasure, and some inspiration and gratitude.' Announces that he is reviewing it for 'the British Friend'. Claims that it is 'full of matters of the deepest interest' to him, and states that he feels much obliged to Nora and Arthur for it. States that he is in frequent correspondence with Miss Johnson on psychical matters.

Graham, John William (1859–1932), mathematician and Quaker writer

Letter from Augusta Freshfield to Nora Sidgwick

Has only just finished reading Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir; explains that they [she and her husband?] went abroad in March. States that as a biography it is 'vividly interesting from the first page to the last....' Remarks on the strong sense the letters 'unconsciously give of the expansion and development of [Henry's] life'. Refers to his attainment of a fellowship and the establishment of Newnham College, and describes his marriage as 'the crown to the perfecting of his life.' Refers also to how nobly he met his fate. Relates that they used to call him Socrates. Invites Nora to come to spend a day with them at Wych Cross during the holidays. Speaks of Henry's conversational gifts, and declares that she liked Leslie Stephens' and Mr Bryce's accounts of 'his talk'. States, however, that she and her sisters feel that the 'irrecoverableness' of the charm of Henry's conversation 'is not ever guessed in the letters.' Refers also to his recitation of poetry, and claims that his talk 'was the expression of his whole being....' Claims that she can think of six men - including her brother [Richmond] Ritchie - 'who can none of them at all tolerate each other, who all lay down their arms and speak with unqualified and enthusiastic admiration of [Henry]'. Hopes that they may meet before long.

Freshfield, Augusta Charlotte (1847–1910) wife of D. W. Freshfield

Letter from M.F. Latham to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for sending her Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which she values very much. Suggests that Nora must be 'almost sorry to have finished the work'. Remarks on what a place friendship had in Henry's life.

Latham, Marianne Frances (1839-1926) née Bernard, mistress of Girton

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 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 Malie Slingar to Nora Sidgwick

The final pages of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir have just been read aloud to her; thanks Nora for 'this profoundly interesting and moving book.' Refers to the great debt owed to Henry by all of those 'who have had the happiness of wonderful years at Newnham', and states that now after reading the book, their gratefulness 'will be warmed and deepened into abiding attachment and affection'. Thanks Nora for having made her and others know Henry 'so nearly'. Recalls two occasions on which Henry and Nora showed kindness to her which she 'can never forget'.

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 Horatio F. Brown to Nora Sidgwick

Has 'read and re read many parts of' Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir, and found it extremely interesting. States that it fills him with regret that Henry is gone, and that he can not know raise the questions that he wishes to discuss with him. Refers to Henry's scepticism and his attitude to ethics. Claims to have found the book 'admirably done and highly stimulating'. Quotes a passage in German from Kant, and states that 'in Ethics one requires a series of injunctions not merely the avoidance of speculative errors...' Announces that his mother came with him to Rome, and that they intend to return in ten days.

Brown, Horatio Robert Forbes (1854-1926) historian

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