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FRAZ/32/187 · Item · 3 July 1939
Part of Papers of Sir James Frazer

54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse – Enjoyed the pages of the 'Times' and the coverage of the royal trip to Canada; saves such things for Martine [Giamarchi, a great niece] in 20 years; his old friend Albert Rivaud, whose father he knew, is elected to Lévy-Bruhl's chair at l'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, and in congratulating him mentioned that he knew her, and thanked him for being one of the first to admire 'Le Rameau d'or'; he was visited by two young English women, Miss Joan Quartley and Miss Gwenyth Wilkins, who saw the Frazers' portraits and were proud of the honoured position their countrymen had in his house.

FRAZ/32/145 · Item · 19 Aug. 1937
Part of Papers of Sir James Frazer

54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Doesn't know why she is complaining of heat when the papers show London flooded, while in Corsica they are pining for water for their gardens and vines; writes of Martine [Giamarchi, a great niece] who is staying with him; reacts to the change from Baba to Pascha [for 'Pasha the Pom'].

FRAZ/32/136 · Item · 29 Mar. 1937
Part of Papers of Sir James Frazer

54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse), Easter Monday - Thanks her for the photographs; reacts to her news that they are thinking of getting a bigger place, and that Sir James can work 5 hours a day; discusses arrangements to visit Paris in May; Martine [Giamarchi, a great niece]loves to read what Lilly sends; his nephew has retired and they will be going to Cannelle earlier; will be attending a wedding of the daughter of old friends and relatives.

FRAZ/18/101 · Item · 2 Aug. 1927
Part of Papers of Sir James Frazer

Bateman's, Burwash, Sussex - Her letters haven't reached him, hasn't stayed at the Meurice Hotel for years; the booklet is an improvement on the yellow 'volumette'; wishes they could be at home to receive them and François Ceccaldi later in the month.

Letters from William Wyon
Add. MS c/91/109-112 · Item · 1849-1850
Part of Additional Manuscripts c

Letters relating to the Wrangham medal, making reference to the design (5 Feb. 1849) and production of the medals (21 Jan., 6 Feb. and 8 Oct. 1850).

Letter from William Wyon
Add. MS a/214/142 · Item · [19th cent.]
Part of Additional Manuscripts a

Royal Mint - Apologises that he cannot take up Whewell's introduction to the Geological Society due to headache. The verso of the letter contains geological notes in pencil.

Letter from Henry Hudson
Add. MS a/206/140 · Item · [19th cent.]
Part of Additional Manuscripts a

24 Stephen's Green, Dublin - Thanks WW for his letter referring him to William Simms the instrument maker of WW's anemometer [see HH to WW, 1 Oct. 1836]. Further to WW's description of the instrument, what velocity of the wind is necessary to produce any descent of the pencil [the movement of a pencil is used to measure the force and direction of the wind]? HH has a number of related questions. Further, as 'uniformity in the method of keeping the Registry would be desirable I should be glad to learn if any system has been agreed on'.

Letter from Henry Hudson
Add. MS a/206/139 · Item · 1 Oct. 1836
Part of Additional Manuscripts a

24 Stephen's Green, Dublin - A suggestion on how to improve WW's anemometer and obtain additional meteorological information, including a way of determining the hours the wind was blowing strongly or slightly: 'The mechanism I believe would be very simple'.

Add. MS a/666/5 · Item · 26 Nov. 1894
Part of Additional Manuscripts a

Shelford.—Discusses arrangements for a forthcoming dinner of the Royal Society.

(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 (Lord Herschell), 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.

HOUG/EM/7/10 · Item · 7 Mar. 1870
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Manchester. - Houghton's offer to approach Sir Henry Storks about a position in the Control Department will be of great value; believes he has been bypassed owing to lack of influence; present post in the Pay Sub-Department was a temporary measure and never intended to exclude him from the Control Department.

HOUG/EM/7/4 · Item · ?1 Dec [1869/1870]
Part of Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Harrow. - Seeks recommendation for Headmastership at Haileybury: 'I have excited strong opposition in some paedagogic & clerical circles by the editing of the Essays on a Liberal Education, & by my Lecture before the Royal Institution'; ought not to be barred for pursuing cause of educational reform; requests testimonial; several other Apostles are aiding him.