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Letter from Alice Gardner to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for thinking of her and writing to her 'in these times'. Confirms that 'the Durham business' is over, but declares that she cannot help feeling sorry for the Dean for 'the lost chances.' States that she suggested putting out as a feeler a small anonymous prize, 'just to test the possible desire for historical studies at Durham', and says that the Dean likes the idea, but is doubtful. The list of history students [at Newnham?] for the following year looks hopeful; thinks that 'it will be nice if the Alice Hopkinson scholar takes Political Economy.' Was away for the previous Sunday and intends to go to her brother Ernest for the following weekend; will come back [to Cambridge] on the following Monday.

Expresses her sympathy with Nora and Henry; wishes Nora had been able to bring him to Cambridge. Is glad that they both can feel a little comfort in the grateful affection of the many whose lives they have made happier and better. As she looks back over the past she realises more and more what she personally owes to Henry; even before she came up to Cambridge twenty-two years previously, she had heard so much about him from her mother, and had read some of his writings. He set her to work when she came up, 'and listened patiently to [her] crude notions as to how [her] education should be carried on', and helped her throughout her career. Cannot think of her life as it would have been had she never known Nora or Henry. However dear Nora has been to them before, she will be dearer still after Henry's illness. Reports that she see Miss F[reund] 'pretty often', who is of course always thinking about Nora. Adds that the new treatment is exhausting, but may do her good.

Gardner, Alice (1854-1927) historian

Postcard from Hermann L. Strack to J. G. Frazer

Gross-Lichterfelde West bei Berlin - Sends a copy of the advertisement for the 'Golden Bough' that he wrote for the 'Literar Centralblatt'; studies folklore with the aim of refuting the 'blood accusation' against the Jews; is sending copies of his book [unidentified], asks for his comments.

William Whewell to Richard Jones

Trinity College - If RJ is applying to the University press syndicate he should do so this term. There is a movement at large which wants to establish a professorship in political economy 'on nearly the same conditions as that at Oxford. It is to be established in honour of Huskisson [William Huskisson], by some friends of his - there are two difficulties: one to fix the mode of election the other to get rid of Payne [George Payne]. They wanted to put Malthus in as the first professor'. WW has sent another review of RJ's book to the British Critic ['Review of An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and Sources of Taxation by the Revd Richard Jones', The British Critic, Quarterly Theological Review and Ecclesiastical Record, 10, 1831].

Letter from John E. Marr to Henry Sidgwick

States that as he fully concurs 'in the letter referring to the Syndicate proposed to consider the "Greek Question"' [see 101/99], he wishes his name to be added to the memorial.

Marr, John Edward (1857–1933) geologist

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

Asks whether the 'I. of the S.' is proved or not. Wishes Myers to dine with him 'on Thursday at 7.15', and reports that his Anglo-Indian friends, the [Charles?] Bernards will be there, and he wishes them to hear Myers' 'additional evidence'.

Richard Jones to William Whewell

RJ finds 'the gentle public much struck with your answer to Lyell [Charles Lyell] as perfectly efficient' ['Of a Liberal Education in General, and with Particular Reference to the Leading Studies of the University of Cambridge', 1845]. RJ thinks WW's 'general principles too as far as I hear meet with great ascent - different opinions as to many of the details of course you are prepared for'. RJ feels great pleasure at WW's 'effort to purify and amend the mathematical training of the place. I have long been convinced that as a matter of training exclusive habits of symbolical reasoning are not merely useless but deleterious and I see very often instances of their bad effects on men of very acute minds'. WW has not converted RJ into liking oral examinations although most of the men at Haileybury to some extent side with WW - 'but I once passed a morning in the schools at Oxford and came away with a profound conviction of the intense injustice of using oral trials for the purposes of assigning relative rank for which men have toiled for years and I do not think that conviction will leave me on this side [of] the grave'. WW's book will probably do good at Cambridge - but only slowly. RJ gives an outline of his current state of health.

Letter from Leslie Stephen to Henry Sidgwick

States that he shall be very proud to talk to Sidgwick's 'Society'. Tells him to fix any time that suits him. Says that he has not got a subject, but expects to be able to come up with something. Announces that he will be in Cambridge soon, and hopes that he will see Sidgwick then.

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832-1904) Knight, author

Card from Arthur Sidgwick to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for the reviews of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir, which he returns to her [not included]. Agrees that the people who did not know Henry or his work are the people who disapprove of the book. Adds that they could not accommodate everybody. Also returns [letters from] J.B. Mayor, 'O[scar] B[rowning]' and Lady Rayleigh [not included]. Lists the publications from which he has reviews of the book, and undertakes to send Nora any that she has not got. Has already given away five copies of the book, and has 'not quite finished yet'.

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

Letter from Kenelm Digby to Henry Sidgwick

Refers to their conversation about the teaching of law in the schools at Oxford, which he believes is not in a very satisfactory state. Discusses the required reading when he was examining - Stephens's Blackstone - as compared with the reading required today. Doubts that it is possible to 'make the school work satisfactorily as regards law', things being the way they are. Gives three reasons for this situation: the narrowness of the field examined; the insufficiency of the teaching; the lack of a suitable textbook. Refers to the relevance of the history of law. Laments the almost total lack of instruction in English Law in Oxford, and the unsatisfactory character of the examination. As regards international law, he does not think it to be a satisfactory subject, for two reasons: knowledge of Roman Law is required; a knowledge of modern European history is required. States the need for teachers and books, such as those by Austin and Bentham, and claims that Maine's Ancient law can be understood 'by any one of average intelligence'.

Digby, Sir Kenelm Edward (1836-1916) Knight, lawyer

Letter from Sir Henry Maine to Henry Sidgwick

Explains that he had postponed writing to Sidgwick until he returned to the India Office in order 'to be able to review the state of official business', and that he had come to London the previous day. Refers to the fact that between his election to 'the [Whewell] Professorship and the present time', he had not resigned his membership of the India Council, and had 'prepared and delivered a course of lectures on International Law.' Explains that his intention was 'to prevent any inconvenience to the Secretary of State.' Announces that the India Office now require his further assistance or services, and that there is one piece of business involving the proposed reorganisation of the Public Service in India, his withdrawal from which 'might certainly embarrass the Secretary of State seriously.' Refers to the government of India, and to the 'educated Natives' of the country, who take an interest in politics, and more specifically, 'in the system by which public employment is distributed.' States that he was involved in the formation of a powerful Commission to investigate the subject, and that he has had much correspondence unofficially with some of the Commissioners 'and latterly with Lord [Dufferin].' Explains that the Commissioners are now preparing their report, which will shortly be before the India Office.

Asks Sidgwick his opinion on the wisdom of he [Maine] asking Sidgwick to mention to those involved [in appointing Maine to the Professorship] that he proposed to retain his seat in Council, until the above questions are disposed of. Owns to be taken aback by the opinions which Sidgwick has reported to him. Announces that he returns to Cambridge that night, and that before leaving he wrote to the Master of Trinity [Henry Montagu Butler], explaining to him why he had not as yet acted further on his advice.

Maine, Sir Henry James Sumner (1822-1888) Knight, jurist

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Asks her to forward his letters at once to the Marine College, Essex. Explains that they have been sent to Rugby, because he has 'a servant who thinks for himself...' States that he has been at his present address since the previous Wednesday. Thinks that he must give up the idea of going to Rugby. Explains that he has many visits to pay in July, and that, until his fever subsides he dreads railway travelling. Asks her to write and tell him about what she and the others are going to do in the holidays, and when she intends to leave Rugby. Promises that he shall try to come, 'at least for a night or two, before that.'

Letter from Leslie Stephen to Henry Sidgwick

Thanks Sidgwick for his paper, and undertakes to consult him as to the most desirable topic for his own observations. Remarks that he may be able 'to say something which may annoy somebody without touching upon freewill or the categorical imperative'. Wishes him all success against his 'old enemy the [Hay] Fever.' Complains about his dictionary editing work [for the Dictionary of National Biography]. Relates that he had 'a rather bad upset' a fortnight previously, and has been told to do nothing for another six weeks or so. Regrets not having seen Sidgwick some days before.

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832-1904) Knight, author

William Whewell to Richard Jones

Trinity College - WW has not applied [to the Cambridge Press syndicate] about RJ's book [Wages]: 'I have not been able to see or talk to anybody, your MS is scanty'. WW thinks they should leave it till the autumn. The British Critic has written to WW 'and is really surprised at the idea of having a fling at the Ricardos and McCullochs - I will, I think, send you my proof sheets when they come' ['Review of An Essay on the Distribution of Wealth and Sources of Taxation by the Revd Richard Jones', The British Critic, Quarterly Theological Review and Ecclesiastical Record, 10, 1831]. WW has started thinking about his theology and will begin writing very shortly ['Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology', 1833].

Postcard from James Hope Moulton to Henry Sidgwick

Asks Sidgwick to take his name 'as a supporter of Thursday's Graces'. Claims that he has been hoping that an opportunity would be given of showing the strength of their side, [i.e. the proponents of the removal of the obligation to study both Greek and Latin], after their opponents 'have brought up their forces so effectively'.

Moulton, James Hope (1863-1917) biblical and Zoroastrian scholar

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