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Additional Manuscripts b Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
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Letter from J. Sully to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for her letter. Regrets that he could only find 'a few short letters' [from Henry Sidgwick], and sends 'six and a testimonial' [not included]. Does not think that they will be of any use for the memoir, which he is pleased to hear is being written. Refers to Henry's kindness to him, and claims to 'prize among [his] treasures' Henry's testimonial to him. States how great a privilege it is for him to be associated with him in the work of the International Congress of Psychology in 1892. Refers to his 'almost womanly consideration', and his 'delightful humour', which appear in his letters. Mentions a letter he received from Henry in reply to one from himself asking him to sign a protest 'against carrying the war in S. Africa to the point of conquest and annexation', and offers to send it to her. States that he was sorry to hear of Nora's poor health, but hopes that the change and the fine air 'have re-established it'. Adds that he and Henry 'used to talk much of [insomnia]', which he believes probably bound them together 'almost as much as common philosophic [talks]'. Explains that the enclosed letter of 1879 has to do with a plan of theirs 'to start a sort of hostel'. Claims that he was in 'a hopeless condition of brain-weariness', and that they had to think of some new way of m[ ]ing themselves. Notes [in Nora's hand] states that the letter Sully refers to from HS and referring to the petition against the war in South Africa was sent and is copied, and that the last letter referred to was not copied.

Sully, James (1842-1928) philosopher and psychologist

Letter from J. Sully to Nora Sidgwick

States that he forgot to mention in his last letter [Add.MS.b.71/27] that Henry Sidgwick signed a petition drawn up by him [Sully] and Leslie Stephen in 1883 to the Home Secretary [Sir William Harcourt] asking him 'to reduce the sentence of a year's imprisonment passed on a man P[ ], an avowed Atheist, for blasphemy.' States that some, including Sir F. Pollock, believed that the sentence was not excessive, but that he [Sully] and others thought that it was, and they 'mustered a fair number of good names, including Prof. Huxley, Rev. [ ] Davies, Mr C[ ] [ ], and others.' Adds that Home Secretary acknowledged in the House of Commons that he had received the petition, but stated that he did not intend to act upon it. States that some days previously he came across the empty envelope in which Henry Sidgwick had enclosed his signature [included with letter, Add.MS.b.71/27a].

Sully, James (1842-1928) philosopher and psychologist

Letter from James Bryce to Nora Sidgwick

Explains that he found her letter of 25 September on his return to his home that night. States that there is nothing in the diary entries that she sent him in the proof [of the memoir to Henry Sidgwick] to which he objects. Remarks that what Henry wrote in the diary is very interesting, and expresses the hope that there is a good deal of it that she can publish. States that he will recommence his search for letters from Henry now that he is in London again for a few days. Believes that he could find some a later date, i.e., between 1870 and 1895. Reports that he [and his wife] have had an instructive, but rather tiring tour in Macedonia and Bulgaria, and sends on his wife's love to Nora. Adds that he has found the last letter Henry wrote to him, and sends a copy of it [not included], and remarks on the 'serenity and cheerfulness' in it and 'the interest in things which still remained with him.' Confirms that the ' "New Academy" ' is the British Academy, 'for whose establishment he [Henry] had taken some pains'.

Bryce, James (1838-1922) Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, politician

Letter from James Bryce to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for the letters, which he claims remind him of 'some of the steps connected with the establishment of the British Academy' that he had forgotten. Confirms that the statement Nora sent to him is quite correct, and states that he has added a few words, 'which explain the thing a little more fully to those who may not know the facts.' Believes that it is very possible that he has some of Henry Sidgwick's letters about the [British] Academy, but had not found them before leaving London. States that Henry and Lord Acton were the two who had most faith in the idea, but that his [Bryce']s correspondence was chiefly with Henry. Adds that the other letters reached him safely, and thanks her for them. States that he [and his wife] will be in Sussex until about 25 August, and then they plan to go abroad for five or six weeks. Asks her to let them know if she should be at T[remans]. Adds that they hope to be back [in Sussex] in October.

Letter from James Drummond to Nora Sidgwick

Gives a list of dates connected with the Free Christian Union, including the date of the meeting to propose its foundation and appoint a Committee in University Hall, and the dates of the meetings to constitute the Union and to settle the final form of constitution, and of the first and second annual meetings. Adds that there was 'a good deal of private conference, and some public controversy, before the earliest of these dates [14 June 1867], in order to clear the ground for the Union'; and that the facts are 'pretty fully related' in his [Drummond's] biography of James Martineau.

Drummond, James (1835-1918) Unitarian minister

Letter from James Ward to Nora Sidgwick

Hopes that Nora will not be angry with him for returning the cheque which she sent to him [not included]. States that he believed he owed it to Henry Sidgwick to do what he asked him to do, and declares that he was pleased that he did ask him. Adds that he has never grudged the time it has taken, 'nor thought of any pecuniary return, small or great.' Claims that he sent 'the copy' to Professor [ ] some time previously, but states that he has not acknowledged it. Thanks her for the new [essay] for the N[ational] S[ ] Library.

Ward, James (1843-1925) philosopher and psychologist

Letter from J.W. Cross to Nora Sidgwick

Sends Nora three letters [from Henry Sidgwick; not included]. Remarks that their quality 'is very characteristic in the generosity of appreciation of another's work.' Discusses the dating of the correspondence and explains how he had estimated the dates. Refers to Middlemarch, to which Henry had referred in one of the letters, and to the latter's favourable reaction to it. In relation to the third letter of 29 April 1880, states that he sends it for Nora's own reading only, as he does not want it to be published.

Cross, John Walter (1840-1924) banker

Letter from J.W. Cross to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for her letter. Claims that one of the letters that gave him 'more pleasure than almost any letter' he ever received in his life was one from Henry Sidgwick referring to an article Cross had written in January 1879 called 'American [ ]'. Remarks on Henry's 'uncommon generosity in dealing with another person's small work....' Explains that he has mislaid this letter, but undertakes to send Nora any others that he comes across.

Letter from Lord [Hallam] Tennyson to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for letting him see 'these most interesting proofs' [of Nora and Arthur Sidgwick's memorial of Henry Sidgwick], and states that he quite understands that she will have to shorten the draft. Refers to some 'scraps' written to [Henry Graham] Dakyns, which are 'not worthy of insertion'. In answer to questions she had put to him, claims that he cannot remember the exact date of a letter about 'In Memoriam'; that the reference to Wilfrid Ward is to an article on his [Tennyson's] father; and that the reference to Leslie Stephen is to 'an attack of his on the Idylls of the King'. Suggests 'Tod' might refer to [Alpheus] Todd's Parliamentary Government in the British Colonies. Refers to notes in his father's autobiography - Memoir of Alfred Lord Tennyson - in relation to the interpretation of a letter. Adds that he hopes that Nora's brother - Arthur Balfour - 'will s[ ] Parliament soon - for the feeling of unrest [ ] to Arnold-Forster and Co is becoming rampant.' Sends his wife's kindest remembrances.

Tennyson, Hallam (1852-1928) 2nd Baron Tennyson

Letter from M[arianne] Latham to Nora Sidgwick

Tells Nora to do whatever she likes with what she wrote about Nora. Explains that it was originally 'a kind of protest...against some of Mr. Myers' words.' States that the '[ ]field time was certainly first after the vacation at Oban', and recalls C.H. Tawney bringing another man, when Tawney first came home from Oban, and Henry [Sidgwick] coming a little later. Admits that she cannot recall how the tableau vivant question came up, but states that 'the Afghan costume wasnt [sic] the only time Mr. Sidgwick dressed himself up', and recalls having seen him walking about in the garden of a house they lived in in Glamorganshire in an enormous sun hat. Adds that she has not [touched] the [proofs?] because she agrees to whatever Nora thinks.

Latham, Marianne Frances (1839-1926) née Bernard, mistress of Girton

Letter from Mary C Malvin to Nora Sidgwick

Hopes that the letter will arrive in time to greet Nora on her return. Thanks her for writing to her to tell her how she was and what she was doing. States that she has just been looking out Ewhurst on a map, and observes that it is close to Leith Hill, which they have been told they should climb when they are at Tadworth, as the view from it is so good. Adds that they are not going there until the end of July, but that her mother and she are going away to Marlborough for a shorter visit on the following Thursday. Reports on her own health, and that she has of late been suffering from fatigue. Claims that the plot of her tale 'has come clearer...', but that she has not worked very hard on it. Reports also that E[alie] Slinger has been ill for some time, but that she gets up on her couch for a few hours daily, and has taken to writing letters with her left hand. States that she has at last found out about Dr Dale's school. Explains that her brother at Rochester knows a Miss Dale there whose father had the school [in Blackheath] some years previously. Believes that it was a private school for boys, but adds that she is 'judging solely from its character under a later master - a Mr Valentine who succeeded Dr Dale....' Offers to find out more details for Nora. Adds that Miss Hodgetts was married on 26 June 'to a Mr Sweeny'. Accompanied by an envelope addressed to Nora at Newnham Collgege, with MS note: 're Dr Dale's school'.

Letter from Mary Ellen Martineau to Nora Sidgwick

Regrets to inform her that she is unable to find any of Henry Sidgwick's letters among her father [James Martineau]'s letters. States that if they were by any chance sent to Dr Drummond in connection with his and Professor Upton's memoir of her father, he will return them without delay.

Martineau, Mary Ellen (1833-1902) children's author

Letter from Mary Ellen Martineau to Nora Sidgwick

Announces that she has at last found a letter to send to Nora, from Henry Sidgwick to her father [James Martineau], on the subject of the Free Christian Union. Explains that Dr Drummond found it, and that it is dated 22 February, but has no year on it. Undertakes to send on any more letters that turn up.

Martineau, Mary Ellen (1833-1902) children's author

Letter from Mary L[ouisa] Cannan to Nora Sidgwick

Expresses her happiness at having received a letter from Nora, and also at the news that the book is in progress. Tells Nora to do what she and Arthur please about Henry Sidgwick's letters to her [Cannan], and expresses regret that she destroyed the early ones, which were 'so full of playful, delicate humour....' Announces that the previous day was her eighty-sixth birthday, and refers to the various presents and good wishes she received. Reports that her nephew Edwin Cannan is with her and 'is a great comfort' to her in many ways. States that she is in good health still, but that 'strength is failing fast, as it is entitled to be.' Reports that they have had a glorious summer [in Westmoreland] and that the country 'has kept its verdure and coolness.' Declares that it was a pleasure to see Thomas and Miss Sharpley 'and to pick up the dropped stitches.'

Cannan, Mary Louisa (1819-1911) schoolteacher

Letter from William Everett to Nora Sidgwick

Apologises for the delay in replying to her letter. Tells her that she is welcome to print the 'little bit' of his if she wishes. Reports that soon after he knew that Nora's book was making good progress he asked the editor of the Atlantic Monthly - a literary magazine - to let him write an article on it, or on Henry Sidgwick himself, as soon as the book comes out. Asks if it would be possible for her to send him 'advance sheets' for this purpose. Declares that he looks back with great interest to Cambridge and Newnham, and adds that it was very kind of Nora to receive him there.

Everett, William (1839-1910) classicist

Notes relating to the life of Henry Sidgwick

Notebooks: 'List of articles & reviews by Dr Sidgwick with remarks by E[leanor] M[ildred] Sidgwick', including several loose sheets and gatherings [item 1]; recording references to Sidgwick in the [Cambridge University] Reporter, 1870-1979 [item 2], Oct 1876-June 1886 [item 3], Nov 1886-1894 [item 4], 1895-1896, [item 5, labelled 1894-1896], 1897-1900 [item 6]; recording references to and contributions by Sidgwick in the Cambridge University Gazette, 1868-1869 [item 7]; 'University & College Reforms', also including two printed sheets (notes by Sidgwick re Council,12 Jun 1870, and re compulsory Greek [May 1872]) and one MS sheet of notes re the Syndicates [item 8]; 'List of Dr Sidgwick's Lectures from University Reporter, 1870-1900' [item 9]. Printed prospectus of Cambridge lectures in moral science, 1887-1888 [item 10].

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