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Letters from Henry Babington Smith to his wife Lady Elisabeth Mary Babington Smith, née Bruce

Several letters written before the Babington Smiths' marriage on 22 Sept 1898.

57: 12 Sept 1899, Grass-of-Parnassus flower enclosed.
90: 7-9 May 1900, enclosing 5 press cuttings (2 English, 2 French) on Henry Babington Smith's activities in Constantinople.
97, 99, 103: all May-June 1900, and largely in French.

Scientific correspondence

The material is presented alphabetically, with dates and a brief indication of any information of particular interest.

Taylor's undimmed scientific reputation, the high respect he enjoyed, and the eagerness with which younger scientists continued to seek and accept his advice, emerge with remarkable clarity from the letters, most of which date from the later period of his life.

As with the personal correspondence in Section A, only incoming letters usually survive. Professor G.K. Batchelor was, however, able to obtain originals or photocopies of Taylor's letters from some of his correspondents, and thus reconstruct a relatively complete sequence. Examples of this can be found at D.7, D.13, D.29, D.43-D.46, D.52, D.60, D.64, D.65, D.71, D.87.

Apart from these more substantial exchanges, some ms. drafts or copies of Taylor's replies to individual correspondents also survive. They are noted in the relevant entries. A full list is appended below for ease of reference.

D.6, D.7, D.9

D.10, D.12, D.13, D.14

D.21, D.24, D.29

D.30, D.35

D.41, D.44

D.50, D.52, D.53

D.60, D.64, D.65

D.71, D.72, D.74, D.76




Includes: a manuscript account of a tour by yacht on the Norfolk Broads, perhaps by Huia Onslow's governess Helen Moodie; several items from Onslow's time at Eton College, such as a printed programme for an Eton College Scientific Society Conversazione, in which Onslow features as demonstrator and lecturer and two copies of another lecture given by Onslow.

There are also pieces of creative work such as a poem, The Story of the Lost Ice Age, written at Eton for a prize, and a draft of a story, The Sobbing Water. Poems appear too with notes on ascents of the Croda del Lago and lists of books about the Dolomites, showing Onslow's interest in mountaineering. Also present are Onslow's translations of poems from Les Amours de I. du Bellay, by Joachim du Bellay, which according to the memoir published by his wife he was thinking of publishing in 1913-1914.

Two items are posthumous: the order for the memorial service for Onslow held at Trinity College, Cambridge in October 1922, and uncut proofs for first chapter of Huia Onslow: a Memoir by his wife Muriel Onslow, published in 1924.

Rowett Research Institute

There is documentation of Synge's appointment: his headship of the Department of Protein and Carbohydrate Chemistry, including research programmes, equipment and staff; Agricultural Research Council Visiting Groups; and quite extensive administrative material. There is also material relating to the Institute's Strathcona Club of which Synge was a loyal member, and a little memorabilia.

The material is presented as follows:

C/1-C/2: Appointment

C/3-C/56: Protein and Carbohydrate Chemistry Department, including: C/3-C/7, research programme and reports; C8-C/20, estimates; C/21-C/37, equipments and supplies; C38-C/45, staffing; C/46-C/52, departmental notices; C/53-C/56, miscellaneous.

C/57-C/63: Agricultural Research Council

C/64-C/78: RRI administrative notices

C/79-C/92: RRI annual reports

C/93-C/96: RRI newletters

C/97-C/100: The Strathcona Club

C/101-C/103: memorabilia

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