Item 25 - Letter from Leonard Courtney to Nora Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/101/25


Letter from Leonard Courtney to Nora Sidgwick


  • 3 Sep 1900 (Creation)

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Writes on the death of Henry Sidgwick to express his sympathy and that of his wife with Nora on her loss. Assures her that she is not alone in her grief. States that he and his wife heard the news of Henry' death 'with the greatest sense of loss and of sympathy with' Nora. Claims that when he saw Henry 'off Langham Place' he thought 'the world might have the benefit of his clear wisdom for some years', but now regrets that it was not to be. Relates that the last time he had seen Henry before that encounter was at a meeting of the Political Economy Club; they walked to Downing Street together, but as their conversation was not finished, Henry accompanied him farther. Reports that they were both downhearted about public affairs, but realises now that Henry had problems of his own, and that it was just before the resignation of his Chair [of Moral Philosophy at Trinity College]. Remarks on the loss to Cambridge that has been caused by Henry's death. Adds that the thought that comforts him is the fact that Nora is not left without good and [ ] work to do, and that she may always remember that it was Henry's also.

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