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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.

Indian photographs

Photograph of unidentified man with dead tiger, inscribed 'Presented to H. Babington Smith Esq., C.S.I, Private Secy. to H. E. the Viceroy and G[overnor] G[eneral] of India [late 1890s].

Album commemorating the visit of the Viceroy and Countess of Elgin to Gwalior, Nov. 1895, inscribed 'Madhaur Scindia, 1896'.

Diaries of Henry Babington Smith and Lady Elisabeth Mary Bruce, afterwards Babington Smith

Diary of visits to Scotland by Henry Babington Smith, 1881-1882, with sketches and notes; further diaries for the years 1882-1894.

Indian Diaries of Lady Elisabeth Mary Bruce in three volumes: 1894; 1895-1896; 1897-1898. Edited extracts from letters to Lady Louisa Elisabeth Bruce; typescript, with key to characters and some reproduced drawings. Further diaries kept by Lady Elisabeth in 1902 and 1903.


Budget speeches, 1885-1892; printed speeches by G. J. Goschen, 1887-1891; press reports on Goschen's visit to Cambridge. 15 Oct. 1891; press reports of touring speeches by Goschen, Feb.-July 1892 (two of these, in the Glasgow Herald, also contains report of James Parker Smith's Parliamentary candidature); press reports of touring speeches by W. E. Gladstone in Scotland, July 1892.

Ottoman public debt: Correspondence with the Council of Foreign Bondholders

1-195: Correspondence with the Council of Foreign Bondholders, May-Sept 1903. Predominantly correspondence (including some copies/drafts) between Henry Babington Smith and J. P. Cooper, Secretary to the Council of Foreign Bondholders.
196-245: General correspondence with the Council of Foreign Bondholders, Apr 1900-Aug 1903.

National Bank of Turkey

1-4: preliminary correspondence concerning Henry Babington Smith's appointment as President of the National Bank of Turkey.
5-31: press cuttings about Babington Smith's appointment, including a scrapbook
32-76: letters of congratulation on appointment.


Correspondence mainly relating to research: little on personal matters other than the series of letters relating to Huia Onslow's stay for health reasons at Banchory in 1913 (even this is largely on financial aspects). This series has a number of correspondents; most other letters are either to or from Huia Onslow, though Helen Moodie also appears as a correspondent.

Some single letters and several series: the letters re Banchory; letters between Huia Onslow and J. Donovan arising from Donovan's advertisment looking for 'explanation of Life and Mind in exclusively physical terms', letters between Onslow and various people associated with the Eugenics Education Society; correspondence between Onslow and George MacElwee and between Onslow and Frederick W. Fletcher following on from Onslow's appeal for funds as 'A Struggling Scientist' in an advertisement placed in the Times; correspondence with W. Auton regarding the breeding of rabbits and mice; letters relating to Onslow's role as Secretary of the Soldiers and Sailor's Families Association, London North West District.

Two series of letters were found with associated notes: the correspondence between Onslow and J: Donovan, which was found with various notes on heat; and the correspondence between Onslow and the Eugenics Education Society, found with abstracts of scientific papers compiled by Onslow for the Society. These notes have been kept alongside the correspondence.

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