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Letter from James Stuart to Henry Sidgwick

Reports that he has that day heard from Leeds, Bradford, Keighley and Halifax, who had a joint meeting on the previous Friday, and outlined their requirements in relation to lectures and lecturers; Political Economy for Leeds and Halifax, Physical Geography for Leeds and Halifax, and Constitutional History for Bradford and Reighley. Leeds also wants a third subject, i.e., astronomy, and 'expects Wakefield to join [on] and ask for astronomy'. Discusses their course needs in more detail. Refers to [Edward] Carpenter, of Trinity Hall. Mentions that Stoke upon Trent want Physical Geography after Christmas and talks of sending Sollas there rather than keeping him at Halifax. Mentions that [Herbert?] Foxwell 'wants to go during the Lent term'. Asks Sidgwick for his opinion on what they should do in relation to the arrangement of lectures. Suggests sending [Bonser] to lecture for the October term. Asks Sidgwick to take the letter to Browne to see what he says. Asks if [Bonser] will be in Cambridge the following week. Thinks he will return there himself the following Saturday, if he is able. Reports that he has only been out in the garden yet, but is steadily, but slowly, getting better. Announces that he is going to meet the Liverpool Committee on the following day.

Stuart, James (1843–1913) MP and Professor of Mechanism, Cambridge University

Letter from James Stuart to Henry Sidgwick

Thanks Sidgwick for his letter. States that he did change his mind about Bower before writing to Browne. Reports that he saw Hargrove and Cunningham and both of them 'doubted Bower's succeeding'. Remembering Newman and the critical character of [Leid?] Stuart thought they could not risk it. Reports that Hargrove is a great friend of Bower, and the latter said that he thought that they should tell the latter to give a few lectures somewhere 'so as to judge from'. States that 'Read of St Johns seems the man naturally coming instead of J[akes] Browne', but that he has written to Browne that day, referring to the matter of Leicester. Expresses his regret at the news of Craik's death, and reports that he had 'arranged him to come in for Nottingham for "Light and spectrum analysis". States that he would hardly like to risk Whitwell for two terms, but thinks they might try him once. Says he will write to Stanton. Comments that Craik's death has caused the proposed Nottingham scheme up, and hopes that Sheffield will soon take the scheme up now. Reports that he and Cunningham and [ ] met the committee. Adds that it has struck him that Foxwell might give a short Introductory course for six weeks in September and October, and that he has written to him making this suggestion.

Stuart, James (1843–1913) MP and Professor of Mechanism, Cambridge University