Item 100 - Letter from J.P. Mahaffy to Henry Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/94/100


Letter from J.P. Mahaffy to Henry Sidgwick


  • 22 Feb [1867-1888?] (Creation)

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Refers to a concept in Greek that they had been discussing, and states that 'there is a curious contrast between the [constant] mention of it as a danger, and the rarity of its actual occurrence'. Gives examples of some passages: the '[Heliactic] oath in Demosthenes against Aristocrates'; another passage [some Greek quoted], which 'specially alludes to it as a danger [about the middle of the speech]'. States that the case of Leontini is a practical case, 'but even here it was stopped'; 'points to the rest of argument used for it. New citizens were enrolled, and then came the demand.' Tells Sidgwick that he will inform him when he finds more. Refers to the death of the Provost of Trinity College, Dublin; 'a very leading public figure in Ireland. It is most fortunate that this govt. is not....' [Incomplete]

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