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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:
Edward Vivian
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1870 or earlier]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0950.1; Reel 1083
Summary:

Mrs. W. Vivian is visiting south of France.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
G. W. Royston-Pigott
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1870].
Source of text:
RS:HS 14.506
Summary:

Asks permission to send JH several articles he wrote concerning optics.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Brassey
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 5.97
Summary:

Is grateful for his comments on the pamphlet on Trade Unions. Hopes to produce some more on similar subjects.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Selwyn
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 15.513
Summary:

Thanks JH for drawing of solar maculae from 1854-61. Some hesitancy about the accuracy of [Alexander?] Wilson's observations and hypotheses. Sixty people wish to travel to Spain to see eclipse of the sun.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hugh Martin
Date:
[3 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0248; Reel 1054 (Cdraft: RS:HS 25.15.26)
Summary:

Grateful for HM's sending J. H. Stirling's essay 'As Regards Protoplasm' (1869) to JH. T. H. Huxley overlooked allotropes of organic chemicals as possible origin of life. In this 'Biocratical state,' allotropes would not be alive, but would be 'designedly...fitted' to act as agents of vital processes under a causative power.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Stanley Jevons
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[8 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0300; Reel 1087
Summary:

Received copy of JH's 'Half Dozen Propositions Regarding the Gold Coinage.' Does not agree with JH's last proposition. England will soon be only European nation not using international coinage. Expects that new difficulties for 'Mr. [Robert] Lowe's scheme' will be caused by France.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Alexander J. B. Hope
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[10 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0084; Reel 1087
Summary:

Hopes JH's argument favoring pound sterling will be read by members of Parliament.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Edward Hardcastle
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[11 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0240; Reel 1087
Summary:

Compliments JH's 'Half Dozen Propositions on the Gold Coinage.' Hopes these produce changes in handling of gold. Belgian calico is competing with English calico and producing economic distress in Manchester.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
J[ames] H[utchison] Stirling
To:
Rev. Hugh Martin
Date:
[11 January 1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 17.238
Summary:

JS thanks HM for having copied out for JS a letter of JH's apparently regarding JS's paper. JS admits 'It never occurred to me even in dream to get the opinion of Sir John Herschel on my poor essay.'

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Joseph Alfred Hardcastle
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[11 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0245; Reel 1087
Summary:

Just received another copy of JH's 'Half a Dozen Propositions Respecting the Gold Coinage' from son Henry Hardcastle. These should create problems for Chancellor of Exchequer. Hopes to understand these before Parliamentary discussion on gold currency begins.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Russell Henry Manners
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[11 January 1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 12.289
Summary:

Thanks for the note and communication sent to the Assistant Secretary.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John Gellibrand Hubbard
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[13 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0279; Reel 1087
Summary:

Wants to print JH's 'Half a Dozen Propositions Respecting the Gold Coinage' as conclusion to coinage controversy being published by governor of Bank of England. Asks for clarification on several points in Propositions. Hubbard is working to improve assay results at Bank.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Elizabeth Colling
Date:
[13 January 1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 24.297
Summary:

Thanks for the volume of EC's verse; comments on various aspects of poetry.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Maclear
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[13 January 1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 12.177
Summary:

Sending photographs and plans of the Feldhausen estate. Comments on the recent sale of this property. Is anxious about the safety of David Livingstone. Comments on Livingstone's plans and the observational work he has been doing.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
J[ames] H[utchison] Stirling
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[14 January 1870]
Source of text:
RS:HS 17.239
Summary:

Thanks JH for favorable opinion of JS's paper, as expressed to Hugh Martin. Comments on JH's remarks on allotropy, and on connection between physics and life. Believes Germans preeminent in physiology.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
John Gellibrand Hubbard
Date:
[15 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/L-0198; Reel 1054
Summary:

Has no objection to including JH's 'Half a Dozen Propositions Regarding the Gold Coinage' into Bank of England's publication about gold controversy. Offers revision to JH's original article. Responds to Hubbard's comments on six propositions. Remarks on minting by private individuals.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Henry Hardcastle
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[18 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0246; Reel 1087
Summary:

Will put JH's paper ['Half Dozen Propositions on the Gold Coinage'] at Reform Club, [United] Oxford Club, and Cambridge [University] Club. Father [J. A. Hardcastle] will do same at Brooks's Club. Suggests that JH also send copy to Athenaeum.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Patrick Francis Robertson
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[18 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0455; Reel 1093
Summary:

Enthusiastically approves of JH's 'Half Dozen Propositions Respecting Gold Coinage.' Will distribute copies at Carlton Club.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomson Hankey
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[18 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0238; Reel 1087
Summary:

Agrees with JH's propositions regarding gold currency, but offers minor corrections.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
John Gellibrand Hubbard
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[19 January 1870]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0280; Reel 1087
Summary:

Suggests alterations to JH's 'Half a Dozen Propositions Respecting the Gold Coinage' before this is added to Bank of England's publication on coinage controversy. Pleased by testimony of U.S. assay master [W. E. Du Bois].

Contributor:
John Herschel Project