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Wright, William Aldis (1831–1914), literary and biblical scholar
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James Spedding: letters to William Henry Thompson, William George Clark, and William Aldis Wright

48 letters to W. H. Thompson dated 1831-1866, and 1 letter addressed to [John] Allen dated 24 Aug. 1840. Names mentioned in the accompanying calendar of the letters include Henry Alford; John Allen; Robert Leslie Ellis; Edward FitzGerald; Arthur Hallam; Walter Savage Landor; Samuel Laurence; Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton; Stephen Spring Rice; Sir Henry Taylor; Robert John Tennant; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Charles Tennyson [later Turner]; and William Wordsworth. Spedding also refers to his work on Francis Bacon.
With a further 35 letters to William Aldis Wright and William George Clark, dated 1862-1881. Letters to William George Clark date from 1862 to 1864 and relate to collations of Shakespeare's plays. Letters from 1881 to William Aldis Wright relate to Frederick James Furnivall, with copies of Spedding's letters to Furnivall, and one letter from Furnivall to Spedding dated 26 Feb. 1881. Accompanied by a mechanical copy of the Northumberland Manuscript.

Spedding, James (1808–1881), literary editor and biographer

Collection of correspondence of J. M. Image

Includes testimonials and printed material. Some letters have explicatory notes by Florence Image. Almost 40 letters from Henry Jackson. Several letters from or relating to: H. M. Butler (some to Florence Image), A. V. Verrall, W. Aldis Wright, W. H. Thompson, Duncan Crookes Tovey and other members of his family, J. G. Frazer, J. N. Dalton, and J. W. L. Glaisher; for other correspondents see names below. Some letters by Image himself to various correspondents, and printed material

Copy letter from Henry Sidgwick to James Bryce

Typewritten copy. As Bryce had said that [A.W.?] Ward would call on him about the Historical Review, he did not answer his letter. Does not believe that there is a single man in Cambridge competent to deal with modern history in an intelligent way. Refers to Dr Guest, Luard, and the '[Professor?] of "Anglosaxon" and early English literature, and people who poke into ecclesiastical holes and corners.' Refers also to William Aldis Wright. However, there is no one who he should call 'a historian.' Of those who study ancient history, mentions Jebb who would be by far the most effective he knows of for literary purposes 'who would contribute to such a review.' He himself 'once was conceited enough to write reviews of historical works', but that he would now not venture out of his proper line so far. Hopes that the scheme will succeed. Does not think that their press authorities 'would be likely to subvent the undertaking': the University is so poor 'and pressed for funds that [the] Press is requested to devote itself to lucre.'

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Writes to ask her to inform William of certain developments; that 'W.A. Wright [new member of the Ad Eundem] cannot come'; that he himself will come if his hayfever is not too bad; and that he has not yet heard from the other new member. States that he is glad to hear that he [William?] is going on so well. Expresses his regret at the news of 'the calamity', involving Dr Meyer. States that he has never met the latter, but that he has heard a good deal from Mary about a Miss Meyer. Reports that [in Cambridge] they are all 'quiet and prosperous', and that he is 'rather hard at work with a variety of teachings.' Asks whether she has got any subscriptions for him for the ladies' lectures. Reports that he has read the greater part of Disraeli's novel [Lothair?], and does not think it equal to the best of his earlier ones, but states that 'it is very light and amusing reading.' Does not think that he has read anything else lately except Rossetti's poems, some of which he judges to be 'splendid', but he would not recommend the whole book.

Letter from C.H. Pearson to Henry Sidgwick

Apologises for leaving his letter so long unanswered, and explains that during the previous year he has had more than his full share of 'trouble and annoyances'; his wife's illness, his moving house to Melbourne, 'fires on the farm, and very unpleasant relations with the governing body of the University who have tried to evade their contract with [him] in every possible particular'. Discusses life in Australia. Of Melbourne he says that 'it is not equal to London, Paris, or Rome or perhaps even to Sydney.' Refers to the Australian good nature, which he presumes stems from the general prosperity of the country. Claims that the libraries are 'not as good as they should be', but that he can get any books he wants put in. Complains of the 'unparalleled dispersion of people in the suburbs'; he has to live in town to be near his work and is in 'the unfashionable quarter, close to the university', while 'friends generally live in the country at any distance from 3 miles to 10, and are not often accessible by railway.' Refers to the university students, of whom there are about one hundred and eighty. Observes that some 'young ladies' pass the Matriculation examination, 'but they have not yet presented themselves at lectures', and are still excluded from degrees. Reports that he has started a Debating Society.

Discusses local politics. Describes the Australian constitution as 'a ludicrous parody of the English; [the] House of Lords being a council of men with a property qualification chosen by electors with a property qualification, and indissoluble for 10 years, but with no real power except of obstruction. Refers to a recent discussion on the reform of the constitution, involving the Conservatives, the Ultra-Radicals, and the Liberals, during which 'the Premier fell ill, a new Ministry has been formed; and the whole question is adjourned till next year.' Hopes that the Second House will be abolished altogether soon. Refers to the other two questions being discussed: Protection and Assisted Emigration. Of the former, believes that there is no chance of getting rid of it; and in relation to the latter, would be interested to hear what Sidgwick and Fawcett think of it. Asks Sidgwick if he believes that Macmillan's Magazine would insert an article on Australia as 'a [home] for persons of moderate fortunes.' Discusses the advantages for English families who would come to live in Australia. Declares that he shall have finished his book for [Rivington] in another two months 'if all goes well'.

Complains that he gets no Cambridge news in Australia. Reads papers such as the Times, the Spectator, the Pall Mall [Gazette], 'and occasional Guardians.' Expresses regret at the death of [Crotch]. Professes to be 'very glad to read such flourishing accounts of the Ladies Lectures at Girton Hall', and expresses the desire to organise something similar in Melbourne. Asks Sidgwick to remember him to Miss Clough, and to find out when Miss [Bulley]'s School History of England is likely to appear, as Miss Thompson's text book does not seem to supply the want adequately. Asks him to remember him also to Mrs Luard, Mrs Venn, Aldis Wright 'and other friends.' With carte de visite portrait of Pearson.

Pearson, Charles Henry (1830-1894) Australian politician

Letter from James Lempriere Hammond to William Aldis Wright

2 Victoria St. S.W. - Letter conveying 5 autographs for the Trinity College collection (Sutherland, Turton, Godolphin, Manners, Fairbairn), [none present] and in another envelope 'a lot of multifarious papers which have no reference to Dr Whewell but may be of some interest to the College' [not present].

Letter from C.H. Pearson to Henry Sidgwick

Explains that his failure to write to Sidgwick before is due to lack of leisure time. Congratulates him on his marriage. Hopes that his new status will not cause him to be 'withdrawn from Cambridge.' Thanks him for sending him his 'Ethics', and confesses that he has not read the entire work, but firmly intends to master it. Informs him that their Ladies College 'has been a fair success'; it has two hundred pupils and a good staff of teachers. States that their weak point is that girls come to them having been ill-taught, especially in mathemtics, 'and expect to be "finished" in a year.' Claims however that they work 'with a will', and thinks that some of them shall get good results. Complains also that as girls in Australia develop earlier than their English counterparts, their work suffers as a result of their heads being filled with 'visions of coming out, or of 'carrying on flirtations.'

Writes of a lecture he gave some six weeks previously on 'Taxation in England' with an application to Victoria, in which he had suggested that the tax on land should vary according to the size of the estates. Discusses the fact that the land is rapidly being bought up 'by a few jobbers in new countries like the colonies', with reference to estates in New South Wales and Victoria. Refers to the banks' role, and to the attitude of the Conservatives to the issue. Discusses the attitude of the Liberal and Conservative papers to his lectures. Claims to be uncertain as yet whether he shall stand for election or not. Claims to watch Cambridge events with interest, but only gets scattered notices of his friends. Asks him to let him know how Mrs Venn is. Expresses the wish to revisit England for a year to see all his old friends, but fears that a trip there would prove to be too expensive. Reports that N[ ] is getting on very well at the University. Expresses the hope that they shall soon get some of the professors and lecturers on to the University Council. Asks Sidgwick to remember him to 'old friends, especially Aldis Wright, Jackson, and Mrs Luard.'

Pearson, Charles Henry (1830-1894) Australian politician

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