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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:
[Johann] D[ietrich] Herschel
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[5 January 1810]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0884
Summary:

Identifies a number of the various orders of ape and comments on them.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Alexander Rogers
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[5 March 1810]
Source of text:
RS:HS 14.394
Summary:

Found JH's resolution of a biquadratic ingenious. AR used René Descartes's method of resolution, but found it less elegant. Discusses resolution of higher order quadratics.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James A. Gordon
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[19 June 1810]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.158
Summary:

Informing him of his position in the examinations, and offering congratulations.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1 October 1810]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.233
Summary:

Recalls time spent together; asks JH for information about Cambridge colleges, especially St. John's.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[2 December 1810]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.234
Summary:

Is attending John Playfair's lectures in mathematics; talks of plans to come to Cambridge.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Herschel
Date:
[1811?]-23
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0546.2; Reel 1053
Summary:

Copy of JH's midsummer examination questions—17 on Greek drama, 22 on Mechanics—at St. John's College. Currently reading P. S. Laplace's Système du monde, which confirms WH's theory of galaxy formation. T. W. Hornbuckle reports that money has been received from Bruce & Co.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[28 February 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.235
Summary:

News of several lady friends and JG's progress in law studies.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[13 March 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.236
Summary:

Asks about nature of Classics examination JG must take to be considered for admission to Cambridge.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Pat Wilson
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[6 June 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 18.422
Summary:

Speculates that JH may one day rival Isaac Newton. Awaits JH's visit next Tuesday. JH's parents ordered chairs to be ready [Wednesday], when PW's sister will accompany JH to Slough.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[28 September 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.237
Summary:

Apologizes for long delay in writing; is coming to Cambridge in October.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Herschel
Date:
[4 October 1811]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0547; Reel 1053
Summary:

Duties at St. John's College. James Grahame's father is arriving from Glasgow. [James] Wood is working to get Grahame into college. Ask cousin [Mary Baldwin] for address for Mr. Rogers. Recalls JH's summer vacation.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[7 October 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.238
Summary:

Is coming to Cambridge on 10 Oct.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Alexander Rogers
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1 November 1811]
Source of text:
RS:HS 14.395
Summary:

Discusses the comet that 'attracts the attention of all.' Speculates that the train of comets arises from the impulse of solar rays. Discusses shape and composition of comets.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Herschel
Date:
[16 November 1811]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0548; Reel 1053
Summary:

JH's hypothesis on nebular vortex and formation of solar system. Has other ideas about molecular forces and comet tails, but will wait to learn whether WH wants to hear them. JH burned over 100 pages of notes on these speculations. Will return to Slough in mid-December.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Charles Babbage
Date:
[1812]
Source of text:
RS:HS 20.3
Summary:

Sends on part of letter for CB to complete and forward.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Charles Babbage
Date:
[1812?]
Source of text:
RS:HS 2.360
Summary:

Regarding equational problems.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Charles Babbage
Date:
[1812?]
Source of text:
RS:HS 2.361
Summary:

Finding it difficult to finish his memoir. Gives some integral equations for his comments. Hopes to see him at Slough soon.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Nicholson
Date:
1812
Source of text:
Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and the Arts, 31 (1812), 133-6
Summary:

[Addressed to WN as 'Editor of the Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and the Arts from 'A Lover of Modern Analysis' [JH], this letter] derives by a new method various analytical formulae for the tangent and cotangent.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Alexander Rogers
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[6 January 1812]
Source of text:
RS:HS 14.396
Summary:

Is now a clerk for [London and Edinburgh] shipping company. Does not know if he should mention his employment to Mr. Watts.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
James Grahame
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[16 January 1812]
Source of text:
RS:HS 8.239
Summary:

Has been quite ill; talks about one journey.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project