- 20 Oct [1869?]
Part of Additional Manuscripts c
Explains his reasons for not replying to Sidgwick's letter of the Spring. Claims that he had begun 'an elaborate answer' when the Christian Union meetings took place. He abandoned the letter after attending one meeting, and then hoped, but failed, to see Sidgwick in London. Refers also to his marriage, and to the fact that he had his hands full, and comments that Sidgwick's letter was one which required a full answer. Hopes that Sidgwick is not prevented from working at University reform, having given up his fellowship. Reports that Maurice writes that 'the welfare of Cambridge depends on a class of residents without College ties springing up.' Claims that 'the abuse at Cambridge is the College', and that by giving up his fellowship Sidgwick is 'more free to attack this abuse.' Expresses his hope to see him on the following Saturday or Sunday.
Seeley, Sir John Robert (1834–1895) Knight, historian