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Add. MS a/659/30 · Item · 7 Dec. 1831
Part of Additional Manuscripts a

Chessel House.—Asks him to make corrections to the verses inserted over his name in this year’s Keepsake.



Chessel house {1} Dec[embe]r 7th | 1831


I return you Mr Bayly’s letter, which I must own, is some excuse for the insertion in the Keepsake, {2} that I complain of, as you could hardly imagine that he would have acted without my authority—I only regret that you did not read the lines with some little attention, as you must then have seen that some alteration was necessary in them, as well as Mr Bayly’s, {3} to make any thing like sense of them—Perhaps you were of opinion, that I was privileged to write nonsense, a privilege that I do not lay any direct claim to—Tho’ I may sometimes use it, I do not with to abuse it so egregiously—

If you have any copies remaining on hand, I wish you would with a pen blot out repose & substitute regret in the 3d stanza or at least that you would give me half a dozen or three or four copies that I may alter, & give to my friends—I have already done so with some that I have met—

Mr Parkhouse {4} the bearer of this will bring them to me—As a contributor I have a claim to one copy, & as a contributor of nonsense, I have a double or treble claim—On Mr Bayly’s conduct, I shall make no comment—He is now at Boulogne—

I remain, Sir
Your very humble Serv[an]t

The lines were addressed to Lady A—


Dawson Turner has added at the top in pencil, ‘To C. Heath.’ The letters missing from words abbreviated by superscript letters have been supplied in square brackets.

{1} Lord Ashtown’s seat near Southampton, demolished in the 1920s.

{2} A literary annual, established by Heath in 1927. The 1832 edition contained verses by Ashtown ‘On being shown the tomb of a favourite dog’ (p. 73).

{3} Bayly had contributed to The Keepsake for 1829 and 1830, but no verses by him appear in the 1832 edition. Perhaps he submitted some and they were rejected.

{4} Probably George Parkhouse, who had married Ashtown’s niece in 1830.

Add. MS a/659/13 · Item · 16 Jan. 1820
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Norwich.—Agrees to subscribe to the Antiquities of Normandy.

(With a cutting and a tiny portion of another. The first contains a notice of Stone’s Norfolk Bridges (1810).)



My Dear Sir.

I have to beg Your pardon for not answering Your letter earlier at the same time I wish to inform You that I shall without hesitation become a subscriber to the Antiquities of Normandy having been so well satisfied with those of Norfolk.

I remain
Yours truly
Francis Stone

January 16. 1820.

To J. S. Cotman Esqr.


Mounted on a larger sheet (i.e. inserted into a space cut out for it), with a cutting and a tiny part of another pasted to the same sheet. The first cutting contains a notice of the publication of Stone’s The Norfolk Bridges (1831).

THMG/D · Class · 1934-1960
Part of Papers of Sir George Paget Thomson

The material is divided into two sections
D.1 - D.28 Nuclear physics and the MAUD Committee
These papers include some of Thomson's early research notes on experiments with neutrons and one folder of calculations re uranium (D.8) as well as copies of the MAUD Committee reports of July 1940, various notes of meetings and some correspondence, both contemporary and later.

D.29 - D.78 Second World War: other activities
The documentation for this period is sparse. There is very little in the way of correspondence, and less to illustrate Thomson's daily activities, with the exception of the visits he made to various establishments in Canada and the U.S.A. during his time at Ottawa as Scientific Liaison Officer between Britain and Canada. Most of these papers are accounts of meetings and visits in Canada and U.S.A. but there is also some correspondence. This series of ms. and typescript reports is to be found at D.35 - D.59. D.66 - 72 relate to Thomson's work on the Radio Board. D.73 - 76 relate to his position of Scientific Adviser to the Air Ministry

THMG · Fonds · 1905-1977

The material includes notebooks, manuscript notes and drafts, drafts for lectures and papers (many unpublished or additional to those listed in the Bibliography compiled for the Royal Society Memoir of Thomson), photographs and slides of experimental results, and correspondence.

Of considerable interest are the drafts and text of Thomson's autobiography covering his career to 1966; this document, which he had written primarily for his family, is included at A.2 - A.14 and has, with permission, been drawn upon in compiling some of the catalogue entries. It is an important source of information for some of the `gaps' in the surviving manuscripts, particularly for such matters as Thomson's activities in the Second World War (other than the MAUD Committee), his many foreign visits and his public commitments. In his introduction to the autobiography, Thomson mentions his inability to write adequately of his wife Kathleen, and of his hope to compile a selection of her letters to him; bound copies of the autobiography, and of the letters, have been made available by Mr. D.P. Thomson and appear at A.14, A.14A respectively.

Thomson's scientific research on electron diffraction is well documented by notebooks, lectures and slides; his contribution to thermonuclear research, on which he was able to publish very little because of the demands of security, survives mainly in the form of manuscript notes and drafts (see Section E). Unfortunately, it is clear that much has been lost of the early correspondence on electron diffraction.

Thomson's service to the Royal Society, The Institute of Physics, the British Association and many other learned societies, is also very scantily documented.

Thomson's own distinguished contribution to scientific knowledge, together with his admiration for his father and early acquaintance with eminent men of science, made him always aware of the history of science and its practitioners. He wrote and lectured widely on these subjects, often for anniversary celebrations of various kinds, and also contributed many obituary tributes for individual scientists, many of them his personal friends. He frequently assembled information and recollections additional to those which appeared in the final publication, but which survive in the collection. Material relating to his historical and biographical writings on 'J.J.' can be found in the collection of papers of Sir Joseph Thomson.

In addition to an historical awareness, Thomson was also conscious of the impact of science on many aspects of life and thought. Section H groups together his lectures and writings on science-related topics of this kind; it includes inter alia material on his work for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society which occupied much of his interest in his later years.

Thomson, Sir George Paget (1892-1975), knight, physicist and Nobel prizewinner
HOUG/EM/18/40 · Item · 20 Feb. 1869
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (paper embossed with lion crest and the motto Perseverando). - Milnes recommended Sylvester for Chief Constableship of Rochdale seven years ago; now Chief Constable of Newcastle; seeks Metropolitan Police vacancy; testimonials to experience; was commended for arrangements surrounding [Fenian] executions in Salford in 1867.

HOUG/EM/18/39 · Item · 19 Feb. [1860]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

18 Walton Place, Brompton, London. - Milnes' previous kindnesses; her husband was killed by an omnibus about eighteen months ago; her daughter would like to teach music or sing at private concerts, and has sung in public using the name St Clair; hopes engagements can be found as the Season is now beginning. Her own husband was brother-in-law of the late Dr. Oxley of Pontefract; her son fell at Inkerman.

O./13.4/No. 55 · Part · 1806
Part of Manuscripts in Wren Class O

(Undated. The date ‘1806’ has been added at the head in pencil. There is no salutation, but this does not appear to be a continuation of No. 54. Pasted to the letter are two botanical specimens, labelled ‘Radical leaves of Onanthe ? ?’.)