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Letter from J.S. Mackenzie to Henry Sidgwick

Thanks him for his letter. Highly appreciates his advice, especially since Sidgwick's recommendation 'coincides exactly with what [he] had already determined on.' Claims that he would never have accepted the '"odds and ends" of work', which Sidgwick mentions, had it not been that he thought they were likely to help him on to something more permanent. Claims to have realised that there was no room for him in Cambridge, 'especially as McTaggart has taken up a line nearly identical with [his] own' and he thought it better to look for employment 'outside'. Looking for work outside Cambridge was, he maintains, against his natural inclination, and 'has so far ended in failure'. Having got over his disappointment in relation to this failure, he is now looking forward with great pleasure to 'a quiet period of more congenial work in Cambridge.' Refers to his 'fundamental defect', which, he believes, Sidgwick has characterised very well. Thanks him again for his kindness. Claims to have never expected much from him, because he disagrees with him in general opinion, and because his habits of thought and expression are rather antipathetic to Sidgwick's.

Mackenzie, John Stuart (1860-1935) philosopher

Letter from Emma Brooke to Nora Sidgwick

Says 'an unwillingness to intrude' upon Nora's great sorrow has prevented her from writing until now. Asks her to let her express her deep sympathy with her, and her own grief at the loss of 'a friend and teacher so revered' as Henry. Refers to his kindness to her and to others, and the affection so many had felt for him, and says that one of the great privileges of her life has been that she 'came under the influence of a mind so elevated, so gently, and so true.'

Brooke, Emma Frances (1844-1896) novelist

Typed letter from J. S. Furnivall to Dr Frazer

Pegu Club, Rangoon - Shares information on the harvest custom of the Talaings of Lower Burma: the last sheaf is brought home separately, which is given the name Bonmagyi, but rapidly disappearing as a custom; also gives information on snake worship by Burmans, and the tradition of having a rope pulling competition if there is a drought, also a game by children called 'The comb seller and the serpent', and a similar game called 'Little birds waggling heads'; has come across a snake charm in a peddlar's pack. Writes of a local Talaing spirit, the lord of the land, whose name is not uttered; makes a brief mention of a sacrificial ceremony of burying a doll with some of the hair and nails of a sick person.

Letter from Jermyn Cowell to Henry Sidgwick

Thanks Sidgwick for his 'refreshing and fraternal letter'. Refers to his father's sudden death, and to the fact that he himself was near death from 19 to 23 February, during much of which time he was unconscious. Attributes his survival to the care of [James Marshall?] Moorsom and Rowland Williams. Relates that the day after Sidgwick left him he had a visit from [Home] Lyon, who visited him every day for a fortnight, and from whom he learned 'many marvels' about which he desires to talk to Sidgwick. Informs him that Lyon was 'continually regretting [Sidgwick's] absence from that seance at Mrs [ 's]. Promises to send a letter from Lyon on to him. Refers again to his father's death. Intends to stay where he is. Asks Sidgwick to ask [Rich. Clav.] Jebb to come and spend the last week of the Easter vacation with him, as he is aware that Sidgwick intends to go to Paris at Easter. Reports that his aunt is with him.

Cowell, John Jermyn (1838-1867) alpinist

Letter from Evelyn Strutt, Lady Rayleigh to Nora Sidgwick

Asks Nora's opinion on the review of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir in the Times. Believes that letters, 'delightful as they are have not all the charm of [Henry's] conversation.' Relates that she met a young lawyer called Mr [John?] Buchan some days previously, who commented in relation to the book that 'too much space in proportion had been given to the early letters'. States that 'John [her husband] is intensely interested [in the book]', but agrees with the aforementioned criticism. [Incomplete]

Strutt, Evelyn Georgiana (1847-1934) wife of John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh

Letter from Edward G. Browne to Henry Sidgwick

Acknowledges receipt of Sidgwick's 'printed letter on the [compulsory] Greek question' [see 101/99], and states that he 'entirely and fully concur[s] with the views therein set forth.'

Browne, Edward Granville (1862-1926) Persian scholar

William Whewell to Richard Jones

The Athenaeum Club - WW met Charles Babbage on the road to Cambridge: 'He is resolved to give his lectures sixth week, in as much as they are finished and just about to be published in the Encyc. Met. [Encyclopaedia Metropoliatana]. They will contain I conceive the views which you want from him of the economical laws of the division of labour &c. He will not make any great approximation to a conformity with established rules by thus delivering his lectures in what is practically vacation and without any notice.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

[Sent from Clifton]:- Announces that he has just arrived in Bristol, having left the Pauls the previous day. Reports that Mrs Paul asked after his mother. States that he enjoyed his visit there and in London. Remarks that Paul has got very nice children. Reports that Mrs Symonds has just had a little girl [Madge], but that he has been assured that he is not in the way. Refers to his mother's last letter in which she had discussed views on religious subjects. Believes that 'English religious society is going through a great crisis...and it will probably become impossible soon to conceal from any body the extent to which rationalistic views are held, and the extent of their deviation from traditional opinion.' Refers to the fact that the Ritualists 'are determined to burn altar lights after all.' Would like the Church 'to include the ritualists'. Reports that Noel has brought out a volume of poems, which he undertakes to send to her. Asks her to tell Arthur that he has 'nearly evolved both the major and the minor premiss [sic] of [their] practical syllogism', and that 13 February is the 'Ad Eundem day', and that he is to write to Reynolds.

Richard Jones to William Whewell

RJ has just got a letter from John Herschel 'begging me to come to him at once and I am hurtling to change all arrangements and to be off in 1/2 an hour. I guess it is about South [James South] whom he allows to agitate him and I hope to calm him'. RJ gives some type errors he has spotted in the work WW has sent him ['The Elements of Morality, Including Polity'?] . RJ agrees 'with almost all your poor law practical views - You know I do not agree with you in thinking the state a moral agent unless very careful distinctions are drawn between our sense of moral obligations as members of a state and as individuals and it would be useless to embark in that controversy'. RJ can 'see nothing to find fault with except perhaps that you speak too confidently about the feudal element derived from the manners of the tribes - much of the feudal coloring has been thrown back I suspect by later writers'.

Letter from Jermyn Cowell to Henry Sidgwick

Acknowledges receipt of Sidgwick's letter the previous day, and expresses regret that he would not see him that day as he has 'some very important and interesting news to tell [him]'. Tells Sidgwick to inform him as soon as he is settled in Cambridge. States that he only had seven days at Clifton as he was summoned back the previous Monday because his father was ill. Asks Sidgwick to find a Spiritist book that he lent to him entitled Le Docteur Houat, and asks him to write on it 'Henry Sidgwick 1865', and to send it on to him. Refers to 'Southern Independence' and owns to be 'full of pity and admiration; and of horror and burning indignation against the most wicked and hypocritical tyrants' who destroyed 'thirteen sovereign republics and subjugate[d] 8 millions of civilized men.'

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to Alfred Marshall

Announces that they 'have just settled the [examination results of, and prizes to be awarded to] the women', and that it has been decided that Miss Larmer should get the scholarship. Claims to be somewhat disappointed in her work. States that she was 'clearly head' in Political Economy and second by two marks in Logic. Adds that they only gave out two firsts in Group D, and no distinction. States that he got Venn to fix the standard for passing level with that of '[Poll men] in June.' Refers to Miss M. Kennedy's work, which 'agreeably surprised' him. States that his plans of lecturing the following term are still rather vague, 'on account of Miss L's uncertainty'.

In relation to Evolution, claims to have understood the view Marshall expressed the previous term, but does not think he agrees with him, and is quite sure that he does not agree with Karl Marx. Declares that '[t]his Spiessbürger is after all only our friend the "Bourgeois" for whose wicked selfishness Political Economy is supposed to have been invented...' Claims that when he first read socialistic tracts he was much impressed with the breadth of view implied 'in this contemptuous term', but, on reflection, believes that 'the Bourgeois after all appeared to [him] the heir of the ages...and so of Bentham's Normal Man.' Declares that he does not quite understand Marshall's position on Benthamism. States that he does not think it the special function of the Philosophy of Jurisprudence to develop dynamical conception, and that he believes that a grasp of the Utilitarian method of determining rules would have been of the greatest value to himself. States that he had 'worked out principles of constitutional Jus[tice] - for B[entham]'s Normal Mensche in two or three lectures', and is consequently biased in favour of the method. Claims that it is too hot to work in Cambridge, and that he is reading novels.

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