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Papers of R. B. McKerrow

The letters and papers in this group all relate either to the works from which they were removed or to similar literary and bibliographical subjects.

McKerrow, Ronald Brunlees (1872-1940), bibliographer and literary scholar

Letter from Hudson Gurney to Dawson Turner


Dear Dawson

I find my Wife is Sending over the Carriage for Miss Poole tomorrow Morning & that it will return with Her in the afternoon—

I send this Note my My Servant to the Norfolk Hotel—In case You Shd. be there—& if not He will Leave it at the Bank—that You may arrange at Which time You Can Come over to us—

I Have Some Cold—& therefore Shall not be out—& Mr. Gage {1} keeps the House & does not Like to face the Weather

I am Yrs {2}

H Gurney

Sunday Evg. 23rd
[Added by Turner:] Jany 1842.


{1} Followed by an indistinct name.

{2} This line is indistinct.

Turner, Dawson (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary

Photograph album of Richard Appleton

On. f. 1r is written, ‘R. Appleton. Trin. Coll. Camb. May 1887.’ A later hand has written above this inscription, ‘Trinity College | Cambridge’, and below it, ‘My Grandfather May found [sic] in the roof of a house he bought in about 1930. No family value apart from above.’ ‘CAMBRIDGE’ is stamped on the front of the book in gilt gothic letters.

Appleton, Richard (1849-1909), college head

Notes by Henry Blundell on physics lectures attended by him at Douai

This book contains a fair copy of notes made by Henry Blundell on a series of physics lectures, presumably attended by him at Douai. The name Douai does not occur in the book, but it is dated in the period when Blundell was there (1743-5).

The title ‘Phy[si]ca | seu | Phi[losophi]a na[tur]alis. | Prol[e]gomena.' appears on f. 1v, and ‘PHYSICA' is stamped on the spine. The
first of these titles is followed below by ‘Hen: Blundell—1744' and some further words. The written text concludes on f. 321r with the inscription ‘Die 1o julii an: D[o]m[in]i 1744 | Horis 84 | Hen: Blundell'.

The text is heavily abbreviated, but the omission of letters is not generally marked, as in the title cited above.

The seven engravings inserted among the MS leaves are as follows:

f. 2. St Thomas Aquinas, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘SAINT THOMAS de la Noble Race des Comtes d'Aquin', subscribed ‘Chez Crepy a St. Iacques'.

f. 30. Réné Descartes, in a decorative border, with a descriptive caption beginning ‘RENE DES CARTES Seigneur de Peron', subscribed ‘Crepy rue St. Iacques a St. Iacques'.

f. 34. Astronomical diagram, headed ‘Tabula 20' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain aletoille ex[cudit] cum priu[ilegio] regis' (‘aletoille' is written above the line, as if omitted by mistake) and ‘rue st. jacques a la belle etoile'.

f. 282: Diagram, headed ‘Tab. 9' and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet.'

f. 287: Diagram, headed ‘TAB' (no number) and subscribed ‘A Paris chez Vallet 1724.'

f. 289: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula .10.' and subscribed ‘Jacobus Jollain fecit et excudit cum priv[ilegio] Regis aletoile'.

f. 298: Diagram, headed ‘Tabula. 8.'; no imprint.

The printed sheet (f. 322) is headed ‘PHILOSOPHIA NATURALIS', and contains a summary, or syllabus, of the subject broken down into three (perhaps termly) series of numbered sections.

Blundell, Henry (1724-1810), art collector


Offprints of many of Huia Onslow's published works, including some posthumous publications. For a full list of his publications, see Onslow, M. (1924). Huia Onslow : A memoir. London, p 239-242.


Typescript and manuscript drafts; some, such as ONSL/5/5 and ONSL/5/6, of articles which were later published, others seemingly unpublished. Where notes were found alongside drafts (see ONSL/5/7), these have been included in this section; notes which seem connected to drafts but were found separate from them have been indicated in the 'Allied Materials' field.


Most of the material in this category is in the form of notebooks. Some of these, such as one from the Engineering Laboratory, Cambridge, and the 'Field Book' containing notes on and attempts at field surveying, date from Onslow's time as an undergraduate. Most however record his own investigations into genetics and biochemistry from 1912 onwards. Notable are the three large books in which Onslow's programme of breeding rabbits for colour is recorded, with a page for each individual rabbit and often a stamped image showing markings. There are also notebooks on Onslow's research into pigmentation in insects (butterflies and beetles) and birds.

Amongst the loose notes, there are several relating to Onslow's interest in hypnosis, including observations made during the hypnosis of Louis Chauvin over several sessions by Onslow, William Howard Warman, and Francis Aveling. A fair quantity of material relating to experiments which led to Onslow's paper A Method of estimating the Tryptophan Content of Caseinogen, based on Determinations of the Nitrogen Values of the Mercuric Sulphate Precipitate (published posthumously in 1924) is also present.


Correspondence mainly relating to research: little on personal matters other than the series of letters relating to Huia Onslow's stay for health reasons at Banchory in 1913 (even this is largely on financial aspects). This series has a number of correspondents; most other letters are either to or from Huia Onslow, though Helen Moodie also appears as a correspondent.

Some single letters and several series: the letters re Banchory; letters between Huia Onslow and J. Donovan arising from Donovan's advertisment looking for 'explanation of Life and Mind in exclusively physical terms', letters between Onslow and various people associated with the Eugenics Education Society; correspondence between Onslow and George MacElwee and between Onslow and Frederick W. Fletcher following on from Onslow's appeal for funds as 'A Struggling Scientist' in an advertisement placed in the Times; correspondence with W. Auton regarding the breeding of rabbits and mice; letters relating to Onslow's role as Secretary of the Soldiers and Sailor's Families Association, London North West District.

Two series of letters were found with associated notes: the correspondence between Onslow and J: Donovan, which was found with various notes on heat; and the correspondence between Onslow and the Eugenics Education Society, found with abstracts of scientific papers compiled by Onslow for the Society. These notes have been kept alongside the correspondence.


Includes: a manuscript account of a tour by yacht on the Norfolk Broads, perhaps by Huia Onslow's governess Helen Moodie; several items from Onslow's time at Eton College, such as a printed programme for an Eton College Scientific Society Conversazione, in which Onslow features as demonstrator and lecturer and two copies of another lecture given by Onslow.

There are also pieces of creative work such as a poem, The Story of the Lost Ice Age, written at Eton for a prize, and a draft of a story, The Sobbing Water. Poems appear too with notes on ascents of the Croda del Lago and lists of books about the Dolomites, showing Onslow's interest in mountaineering. Also present are Onslow's translations of poems from Les Amours de I. du Bellay, by Joachim du Bellay, which according to the memoir published by his wife he was thinking of publishing in 1913-1914.

Two items are posthumous: the order for the memorial service for Onslow held at Trinity College, Cambridge in October 1922, and uncut proofs for first chapter of Huia Onslow: a Memoir by his wife Muriel Onslow, published in 1924.

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