Item 93 - Letter from Jermyn Cowell to Henry Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/93/93

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Letter from Jermyn Cowell to Henry Sidgwick

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  • 15 Sep 1863 (Creation)

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(1838-1867)

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Reports that an intended fishing trip to Scotland had to be cancelled because his father was taken ill with the gout. He is in Kent for three weeks, and has had time to reflect on the difference of opinion between himself and Sidgwick in relation to 'the invasion and devastation of the Southern States'. Urges Sidgwick to consult documents relating to the constitution of the United States and of the individual states. Discusses the attitude of both men to the war, in terms of morality, religion and political opinion. Sends some papers, including an article in Barker's Review [not included], on which he wishes to hear Sidgwick's opinion. Discusses sovereign and subject communities, and federalism, and refers to the divergent opinions of the two with regard to the justification of declaring war on states wishing to secede from the union, and on those refusing to abolish slavery. Reports that he has heard from Tawney, who sails from Gravesend for India on the following Monday. Cowell himself plans to go to Norfolk for a week the following Wednesday, and to spend the following ten days in Shropshire. Intends to be in London about 15 October, when he will 'begin reading with an Equity lawyer.' Tells Sidgwick to 'come and look for [him]' if he is town around that time.

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