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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:
Henry Peter Brougham
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 4.308
Summary:

Would like JH's view on Thomas Maclear.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John Graham
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1850 to 1852]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0915; Reel 1083
Summary:

Suggests changes in statutes governing colleges.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Adam Sedgwick
Date:
[1 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 15.442 (C: RS:HS 23.79)
Summary:

Has heard of AS's broken arm. Sends regards from the family.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Augustus De Morgan
Date:
1850-1
Source of text:
RS:HS 23.80
Summary:

Comments on calculation by Frédéric Petit of the hyperbolic orbit of the meteor of 19 Aug. 1847.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Charles Pritchard
Date:
[1850]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0318; Reel 1054
Summary:

Inability of JH's son [William] to pass Greek. Concerned that this may delay [William's] entry into Haileybury College. Notes similar inability with languages in JH's other two sons.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Elizabeth Sabine
Date:
[1 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS Sa.660
Summary:

Regrets to hear of Edward Sabine's serious illness but praises ES's accomplishment and devotion; hopes ES will rest and soon recover good health.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Henry Peter Brougham
Date:
[1850]
Source of text:
Univ.Coll.London Brougham
Summary:

Praises in very strong terms and in detail the contributions to astronomy made by Thomas Maclear. Believes Maclear deserves a pension.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Isabella Herschel
Date:
[1850 or later ?]
Source of text:
WT 91327
Summary:

Talks about the concepts of thinking and consciousness.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
John Shepherd
Date:
[1850 to 1851]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.162b (C: RS:HS 25.10.10)
Summary:

Petition for pension for widow of T. G. Taylor, H.E.I.C. astronomer at Madras who published error-free observations of southern stars.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:
[1850-1855]
Source of text:
JHS 5.35
Summary:

Part of a letter about not having received any hampers from Collingwood, and about some household staff arrangements.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Richard Sheepshanks
Date:
1850
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.105 (C: RS:HS 25.9.69)
Summary:

Has received interesting observations of double stars from Thomas Maclear at the Cape observatory. The new equatorial lens sent to the Cape arrived safely, in spite of sloppiness by the English custom-house.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Sir William J. Hooker
Date:
[1850]
Source of text:
Royal Botanic Gardens
Summary:

Requests favor from WH on behalf of Richard Jones and his wife in light of her move to Richmond.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Parsons (Lord Rosse)
Date:
[1850]
Source of text:
RS Sa.681
Summary:

Discusses possible recipients of Royal Medals, continuing to favor Edward Sabine.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Elizabeth Sabine
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[3 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 15.335
Summary:

Thanks JH for letter and concern shown during Edward Sabine's illness. He is recovering.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Henry Piddington
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[5 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 13.405
Summary:

A note accompanying another of HP's meteorological publications.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John R. Hind
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[5 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 9.346
Summary:

On the evening of 4 Jan. he found a nebulosity in or near Draco that he has been unable to discover in any catalogue. Has discovered another red star in Taurus, which is not given in JH's list.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Henry Holland
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
7 January [1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 9.439
Summary:

Delayed answering JH's letter until HH could find details of works by 'Göttingen Professor,' but has had difficulty in locating them. Any treatise connecting epidemics with fungous origins would be of interest. Will bring distressing medical case to attention of one of HH's committees. HH's Medical Notes and Reflections, 3rd edition (1855).

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Empson
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
8 January [1850?]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.67
Summary:

His manuscript arrived and has been dispatched to the printers with the necessary instructions. Regrets to hear that JH's labors are impeded by ill health.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
[Robert Hunt?]
Date:
[11 January 1850]
Source of text:
WT 68037.10
Summary:

Inquires whether Charles Wheatstone ever fulfilled his intention to carry out experiments to measure the speed of light in the atmosphere by means of 'revolving machinery.'

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Radcliffe Birt
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[15 January 1850]
Source of text:
RS:HS 4.137
Summary:

His engagement at Kew will soon terminate. Regarding the grant for Kew and the position he holds there. Can JH inform him of the zodiacal light.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project