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Papers of Sir Henry Babington Smith

  • SMIH
  • Arquivo
  • 1833-1942

The archive contains school and University papers 1871-1905, diaries 1881-94, Education Department and Treasury papers 1883-93. Papers relating to India 1891-1904, the Natal finance 1899-1900, the Ottoman public debt 1893-09, the General Post office 1903-09, the National Bank of Turkey 1903-17, the Royal Commission on the Civil Service 1912-15, wartime finance and trade 1915-21, the Indian Exchange and Currency Committee 1914-20 and the Railways Amalgamation Tribunal 1921-23. Correspondence 1873-1923. Papers of Lady Elisabeth Mary Babington Smith 1894-1935. Bruce family correspondence 1861-1938.

Smith, Sir Henry Babington (1863–1923), knight, civil servant and financier

Papers of C. D. Broad, Part I

  • BROD
  • Arquivo
  • 1903-1971

Although there is some useful autobiographical material including diaries and family correspondence among the papers, the bulk of the material relates to Broad's working life. The detailed faculty lectures, many of which were later published, are preserved as are other lectures that Broad gave from time to time. Notes of the works of others are also among the papers, with Broad's comments, but little of Broad's own notes in preparation for his lectures and publications survive. There are also eight undated notebooks on subjects related to psychical research. Additionally, there are a few classical papers of Arthur Verrall, which Broad was presumably given due to the SPR connection with the family and some papers of John Chadwick on mathematical and philosophical subjects

Broad, Charlie Dunbar (1887-1971), philosopher

Manuscripts in Wren Class B

  • B.
  • Coleção

Created to track accession records - to be revised.

The contents of Class B were described in 1901 by M. R. James in the preface to volume II of his catalogue of Western manuscripts in Trinity College Library, which may be viewed online: A searchable version of the James catalogue may be found online:

The manuscripts listed in this catalogue are those modern manuscripts in R with strong connections to materials housed elsewhere in the library, particularly in Additional Manuscripts. Where James did not provide a description in his catalogue, a description has been provided. Where the James catalogue entry is detailed, a pointer record has been created in this catalogue to highlight the entry in the James catalogue. It should be noted that there are gaps in the numbering scheme of items on the shelves, and that the cataloguing of these materials is a work in progress.

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

Letter from C. R. M. McGibb [?] to Huia Onslow

Waimea Road, Nelson, New Zealand; sent to 'Hon-ble Huia Onsly' [sic] at Ottawa. - Still has Onslow's 'portrait', sent to him from England, on the wall; follows Onslow's fortunes at home and abroad. Was very sorry to hear of Onslow's accident [a broken leg, caused by a fall in the ice in Ottawa] and hopes he has now quite recovered. Seems a long way from here to Canada, but the 'able properties of telegraph' allow better communication.

Adds postscript: often speaks of Onslow to 'many of the old joiners [?] here, who remember with warmth' Onslow's 'pleasing birth amongst us'.

Letter from Oliver Lodge to Huia Onslow

Mariemont, Edgbaston. - Will be pleased to propose him for membership of the Society for Psychical Research; glad the sentence in his book has had the 'desired effect' as many people previously seemed to think that 'special qualifications beside interest' were needed. Will enclose some S. P. R. papers, one of which a form Onslow should fill in, saying whether he wishes to be a member or associate, and send to the Secretary; Lodge will write to the Secretary with his nomination.

Note at the bottom of the letter 'Letters from J. B. Baillie, Norwood, Cults, Aberdeen, 6 Jun 1913, 7 Aug 1913'.

Letter from John Macoun to Huia Onslow

Department of Mines, Geological Survey, Ottawa. Sent to 'Hon H. Osborne [sic]', Rideau Hall, Ottawa.- The trip Onslow mentions could almost certainly be 'made in one season', but though it is easy to reach Fort Simpson in Spring, but from there Onslow would have to ascend the Laird river to its source, for which he would need 'reliable men' because of the high water. The Survey's geologists have descended the Laird, but he does not know of any who have gone the other way. It would not be difficult to go to Dawson via Fort Good Hope at the mouth of the Mackenzie, 'up Peel's River 30 miles and down the Porcupine to the Yukon'.

Adds that Mr McConnell, who has made the trip down the Laird, is willing to advise Onslow on 'all three routes to Dawson by way of the McKenzie'. Will introduce them if necessary.

Manuscripts in Printed Books

  • MSPB
  • Arquivo
  • 1791-1955

Most of the items included in this category are letters, and most are connected with the publications into which they are inserted.

Trinity College Library, Cambridge

Manuscript collection of the third Baron Rothschild

  • Rothschild MS
  • Coleção
  • 16th-19th centuries

The collection consists of the manuscript collection of the third Baron Rothschild, much of which was purchased at auction. The majority of items are 18th-century literary works with a particular emphasis on Swift.

Rothschild, Nathaniel Mayer Victor (1910–1990), 3rd Baron Rothschild, zoologist and public servant

Letter from Fleeming Jenkin to Sir William Thomson

6 Duke Street, Adelphi.—Discusses the drafting of a patent for a telegraphic receiving instrument.



Decr 18. 1867.
6 Duke St Adelphi.

Dear Thomson

The date by which the ink recording patent must be completed is the 23d of January. but the drawings should be begun at once. We must clearly not trouble Varley any more, I am afraid he really is ill.

I will draw up a short specification of the mirror galvanometer as adapted for a speaking instrument and submit it to your criticism. I do not think the patent need be identical with the Newfoundland patent. I should propose to call the patent an improved form of telegraphic receiving instrument or some such title.

This would leave the use of a reflecting galvanometer quite free—in the States. If we do not do this I fear we may be defeated by the manufacture or import of instruments which we cannot keep out by establishing a custom house service of our own and that when men have once got the patent instmt they will say they may use it as they like and that the instruments are in common use for many purposes besides telegraphy so that even if we did get a verdict it would be for a merely nominal sum.

My idea of the true patent is as if the Morse having been the common telegraphic instmt and galvanometers or detectors in common use for testing, some one has found out that the common detector could be used as a single needle instmt.

We might have drawn up the following laconic patent. “I use the ordinary detector as a receiv-ing instrument, the the letters of the alphabet being indicated by one or more deflections on each side of the zero point”. I apprehend this would have been a valuable and valid patent.

Yrs vy truly
Fleeming Jenkin

Letter from Michael Foster to Lord Kelvin


(Dated Monday.)



Shelford. Monday. Ev.

My dear President,

Telegram to hand—This is very annoying; it was such a real good toast list.

I think now it will be best to ask Lord Salisbury to propose the toast instead of replying to it—& to “couple” your “name” with it. Your response as being that of an official of the Society can be quite brief & without sitting down you can go on to propose the Medalists†—this will save us a speech and we have a quite long enough list {1}

But Harcourt’s failing puts us in another corner—With the Lord Chancellor & Harcourt both speaking the way was clear to ask Ld Ashbourne—this from your telegram you have done. But it will look onesided to have Salisbury & Ashbourne as against Chancellor.

If he falls out we certainly ought to ask Shaw Fevre {2}—in fact we ought even if he accepts, & Rhodes fails—perhaps even if Rhodes does not fail. Let me know what you think.

I go up to Burlington House on Wednesday to finally arrange table—shall be there from mid-day onwards—Please write to me there your opinion of the above & if you have to wire on Wednes. wire me there—Perhaps you will authorize me to write in your name if necessary. On Wednesday we shall know more definitely who is coming, & what answers you have had—& we must then do our best & I will write to whom we may decide on, if there is need. If may be desirable for me to wire you on Wednes. aft, & get an immediate reply—perhaps you will arrange for this

Ever yours
M. Foster


Letter-head of the Royal Society, Burlington House, London, W. Kelvin was President of the Society from 1890 to 1895, and Foster was Secretary from 1881 to 1903. The letter concerns arrangements for the Society’s annual anniversary dinner on Friday, 30 Nov. 1894, at which the Lord Chancellor, the Marquess of Salisbury, and Lord Ashbourne, all mentioned in the letter, were present (see The Times, 1 Dec. 1894, p. 10).

{1} Foster’s suggestions were adopted. See the Times article cited above.

{2} G. J. Shaw-Lefevre, who had attended the dinner in 1892 (The Times, 1 Dec. 1892, p. 6).

† Sic.

Letter from G. G. Stokes to Sir William Thomson

Observatory, Armagh.



Observatory Armagh
4th Septr 1876

My dear Thomson,

I have just got your telegram. I was nearly on a balance and your telegram makes the go side preponderate; at least unless some unforeseen hitch arises. So I will say expect me unless you get a telegram to the Contrary. I hope you have not kept for me anything but the smallest room at your disposal as I come alone.

I intend to go by the later Mail boat and stick to it (i.e. not go by rail from Greenock) so as not to get in inconveniently early.

Yours sincerely
G. G. Stokes

Lecture notes on mechanics, by Lord Kelvin, from one of his ‘Green Books’

(Docketed in pencil, ‘Pages from one of Lord Kelvin’s “Green Books”’, ‘i.e. his famous note books bound in green covers, one of which he always carried around with him in a pocket’. The name ‘Jones’ is written at the head of the first sheet and the notes begin, ‘§33. Let us now work out some examples such as that suggested as an addition of March 6, 1899, to this Lecture (p 188)’.)

Papers of Lord Kelvin and William Craig Henderson

These papers comprise five letters to Lord Kelvin (as Sir William Thomson), some lecture notes by him, and two letters to W. Craig Henderson.

Thomson, William (1824-1907), 1st Baron Kelvin, mathematician and physicist

Letter and ticket to lecture from Hon. Ignatius Donnelly to F. J. Furnivall

20 Duke St, Portland Place. - At the request of J. E. H. Gordon is sending a ticket to his own lecture tomorrow night; hopes Furnivall will be able to attend.

Ticket under the heading of 'The Bacon Society' - to a meeting of the society at Westminster Town Hall, 17 Apr. 1888, to hear from Donnelly 'An Account of his Cipher Investigations and Discoveries'. Signed by Donnelly, and addressed to 'Dr F. J. Furnivall and Lady'.

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