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Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science
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Papers of William Whewell

  • WHWL*
  • Fonds
  • [16th]-19th cent.

The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, subject files, writings, other Whewell papers, family papers, and later papers of others. The family papers include those originally gathered by Whewell's first wife Cordelia (née Marshall) and his second wife Lady Affleck (née Ellis). The papers of Lady Affleck's brother and Whewell's friend Robert Leslie Ellis now form a subset of this collection.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: anemometer papers

Accompanied by an earlier work on crystals, published in 1825, and Isaac Todhunter's list of the papers, c 1873.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: drafts of Lectures on systematic morality and lectures on Plato from 1847 to 1857

With notes by Isaac Todhunter throughout, with a list in his hand of the MSS connected with Plato; these lectures on Plato may have served as early drafts of The Platonic dialogues for English readers and include drafts of an introduction to a work of that name. Accompanied by a large sheet with Aristotle's list of virtues and vices.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell sketchbooks

32 sketchbooks, many with extensive notes on the architecture sketched.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: drafts of parts of The elements of morality, including polity and other miscellaneous papers

Partial drafts, some of them possibly very early drafts of some sections of the work. Much of this has been sewn together and partially identified by Isaac Todhunter, including a rejected draft of the preface to the second edition. Accompanied by unidentified notes and drafts for the work and other works, including a poem written for Theodora [?]'s birthday and a letter from Henry J. Roby dated 10 Mar. 1855.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

Letters of William Whewell to Hugh James Rose

A bound volume of 42 letters which have been catalogued separately in item records attached to this catalogue record. A letter from H. A. Rose to Mr Jackson dated 28 May 1917 is tipped in the front of the volume, accompanied by a printed flysheet headed "Utopia University, 1816", a parody of an examination paper sent to Whewell in 1816, also tipped in. At the front of the volume is a lithograph of Whewell by E. U. Eddis, 1835.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell notes on books read

Written in diary form. Thirteen volumes and an index, kept from 28 May 1817 to May 1830, with gaps from 1 Aug. - 31 Dec. 1817, 22 July - 30 Sept. 1818, 22 July - Sept. 30 1820, 15 Feb. - 24 July 1827.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

William Whewell: draft of History of the inductive sciences

Draft with revisions of the entire work. Accompanied by a torn broadside advertising Adam de Friedel's The Greeks, twenty-four portraits of the principal Leaders and personages who have made themselves most conspicuous in the Greek Revolution, from the commencement of the struggle (published 1830) which served as a folder for part of the MSS.

Whewell, William (1794-1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science

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