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Gregory, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Maria Louisa Welby- (1837-1912) Lady Welby, philosopher Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
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Letter from Victoria Welby to Nora Sidgwick

Expresses her sympathy to Nora Sidgwick on the death of her husband. States that Mrs Benson encouraged her to send Nora his letters [98/64-66] 'which are of public interest' in case she thinks they should be included in her memoir of Henry Sidgwick. Explains that she has only the duplicates of the letters, as the originals are locked up 'in the "plate-room" at home'. Wishes that she could have told Henry of her idea, which she suggested under the name 'Significs'; 'now being practically accepted [as of educational value] both [in England] and in Germany.' Complains that until the last few months 'any work of the kind has been impossible to [her]', and that she has had to lose precious years. Refers to Henry's splendid mind, 'and the patient kindness with which, in conversation, he would criticise and rectify [her] inevitable crudeness'.

Gregory, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Maria Louisa Welby- (1837-1912) Lady Welby, philosopher

Copy letter from Henry Sidgwick to Lady Victoria Welby-Gregory

Typewritten copy of letter dated 19 January 1894. Decided not to send her paper to [Bernard] Bosanquet because he believed that there was a danger of his not understanding the exact aim of the criticism. Offers to send it, but suggests that if [Samuel] Alexander knows him and could see him it might be better to give it to Bosanquet through him. Is glad to hear that she is well enough 'to go on with this laborious task.' Sends greetings from Nora, who is in the midst of organising domestic matters, from which he says he takes refuge 'in Philosophy.'

Gregory, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Maria Louisa Welby- (1837-1912) Lady Welby, philosopher

Letter from Lady Victoria Welby-Gregory to Nora Sidgwick, with copy letters from Henry Sidgwick

States that 'having so long and so eagerly looked out for any request for "letters" 'the appearance of a notice in Macmillan's Magazine of the impending appearance of memoir with HS' letters has come as somewhat of a shock to her. Begs NS' forgiveness if she has sent any of the enclosed letters [included], but states that Miss C[arter] does not remember copying the latter. ClaiMS that if she ever tries 'to give some sketch of the inception and [ ]' of her work in ' "Significs" ' she would certainly have to refer to HS 'as being one of its first and greatest promoters.' Refers to the accompanying letters, and also to the assistance HS gave her in conversation on the matter. States that she will be sorry if none of the letters appeared in the memoir. Declares that she has often lately longed to tell HS 'of the abounding signs that the young world is beginning to see...that the key to one of the greatest of the human positions has been lost and must be found.' Predicts that she will not live to see the result of such finding, but states that it is enough to be allowed to help 'even so little or badly towards it'. Adds that there are many more short letters, but that they are chiefly about dates or places etc. Accompanied by envelope, addressed to NS at Newnham College, with MS notes in NS' handwriting: 'Lady Welby/Copies of letters from Henry/Received too late to be considered for Memoir'. (2 docs)

Gregory, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Maria Louisa Welby- (1837-1912) Lady Welby, philosopher