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The Sir John Herschel Collection

The preparation of the print Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John Herschel (Michael J. Crowe ed., David R. Dyck and James J. Kevin assoc. eds, Cambridge, England: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998, viii + 828 pp) which was funded by the National Science Foundation, took ten years. It was accomplished by a team of seventeen professors, visiting scholars, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and staff working at the University of Notre Dame.

The first online version of Calendar was created in 2009 by Dr Marvin Bolt and Steven Lucy, working at the Webster Institute of the Adler Planetarium, and it is that data that has now been reformatted for incorporation into Ɛpsilon.

Further information about Herschel, his correspondence, and the editorial method is available online here: http://historydb.adlerplanetarium.org/herschel/?p=intro

No texts of Herschel’s letters are currently available through Ɛpsilon.

From:
G. H. Ford
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.375
Summary:

Is grateful for the gift of Sir John's latest volume and would she express her thanks to Sir John.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Henry Anthony Jeffreys
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.309
Summary:

Accepts her kind invitation for today with pleasure. Regarding the number of vowel sounds in the English and French languages.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Henry Anthony Jeffreys
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.311
Summary:

Is obliged for her note. Further regarding the distribution of custom to local tradesmen.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John Henry Nelson
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
[?]-3-27
Source of text:
RS:HS 13.108
Summary:

Uncle Duncan and his protégé were launched on their northern expedition this morning. Was unable to act on the kind suggestion owing to a visit to the dentist and the cold weather.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John Henry Nelson
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
[?]-9-5
Source of text:
RS:HS 13.109
Summary:

Much obliged for her thoughtfulness. Called and met Mrs. Gordon [JH's daughter?], who gave a good account of all at home. Has been in severe pain from a chill.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Richard Jones
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.398
Summary:

Mrs. Jones has asked him to finish the note for her as she is going to Brighton. Hopes to hear from JH when all is settled about Hawkhurst.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.3
Summary:

Commenting on aspects of family life, obviously raised in an earlier letter by MH.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.6
Summary:

Instructions about ordering wine, etc., for a [Christmas?] party.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.11
Summary:

Writes to commiserate with MH during a difficult time for her; is coming home on the weekend and bringing daughter Isabella with him.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.12
Summary:

Mostly about bonnets, and letters to be directed to the family at Collingwood.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.13
Summary:

Concerned about son Willy, who seems very lonely in India.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.16
Summary:

Concerned about their daughter Caroline, who is considering going to Constantinople.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.22
Summary:

Recounts rushing around the previous day to get some business done.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.23
Summary:

Comments on domestic matters, his pleasure in the accomplishment of his children, and on the death of a family friend.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
[?]-6-29
Source of text:
JHS 1.25
Summary:

Mostly about family business.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.27
Summary:

About the coal tax and the building of St. Paul's, political struggles, and a visit from daughters Caroline and Margaret Louisa.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.60
Summary:

The 'boys' have arrived from school. Comments on some household matters.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.79
Summary:

Thanks for letters from MH and daughter Isabella; some matters of bills and wages.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.87
Summary:

About their brave daughter Isabella suffering physical hurt quietly; also about an aging family acquaintance, and about buying a horse and carriage.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
JHS 1.88
Summary:

Praises MH for her knowledge. Discusses worsening conditions at the Mint and the effect this may have on daughter Isabella, who is staying with JH.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project