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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:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[28 October 1841]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.329
Summary:

Wrote some three months ago, but heard nothing so presumes he was away. Did he receive the parcel of books? Has taken a house here and would be pleased to see him. Has just recovered from a serious brain fever. Was elected a member of the Association but has not paid his fees; is he still a member?

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Thomas I. M. Forster
Date:
[13 February 1842]
Source of text:
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Summary:

Has been ill for two months. Will be visited by Dr. Andrew Smith shortly. Hopes TF can come to Collingwood to meet Smith.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[23 March 1842]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.331
Summary:

Will be pleased to visit them before they move from Tunbridge Wells. Comments on the Arabic names of stars.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[4 January 1843]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.332
Summary:

Has taken a house in Bruges. Comments on some of his own recent work on stars. Strange reports in French newspapers of James South and his instruments. Does he know a cure for double vision? Sends drawing of a colored meteor. Has another paper by L. A. J. Quetelet on falling stars with which he disagrees.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[5 June 1843]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.333
Summary:

The colored meteors were too low on the horizon for JH to see them. Comments on the number of falling stars when comets approach the earth. Sends copies of his essay on comets and a book for children. Is working on various papers including one on 'Deafness in Balloons.' Is co-operating with L. A. J. Quetelet in a Register of Periodical Phenomena.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[17 November 1843]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.334
Summary:

Would like a copy of JH's pamphlet on Education written at the Cape. Did he ever receive the Perennial Calendar? Comments on recent falling stars. Does he know where Stephen Lee's Catalogue of Changing Stars is? Mr. Slegg's brother is in a mental home.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[14 March 1844]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.335
Summary:

Sends a small College album of poems and snaps. Wishes JH would visit him at Bruges as they have ample room to entertain him. Hopes to publish meteorological observations kept by his grandfather, father, and himself. Comments on Saturday moons and wet and windy weather. Is he working on changes in the apparent magnitude of stars?

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[9 August 1844]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.336
Summary:

Hopes he will look out for the periodical meteors and give him his observations. Has seen some curious falling stars. Is constructing a new anemometer and used it to detect surging gales. Visited a monastery yesterday to see a new instrument for perpetual motion.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[23 September 1844]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.337
Summary:

Has sent a pamphlet on Education to the R.S.L. to be transmitted to JH. Explains the mechanism of his new anemometer. Is most interested in the causes of falling stars and their relation to meteorites. Has he seen [Robert?] Hunt's book on Light? Does he know where a description of William Parsons' (3rd Earl of Rosse) large telescope is to be found?

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[23 March 1845]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.338
Summary:

How has he fared during the spell of cold weather? What does he think of A. J. Ellis's colored circles? Would like the last two volumes of the R.S.P.T. containing the account of the comet. Encloses some impromptus.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[9 January 1846]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.339
Summary:

Sends his last year's observations of falling stars and comments on them. Has he seen the new planet [Astrea]? Sends some new songs of his own composition.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[11 June 1846]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.340
Summary:

Would a paper on falling stars be suitable for reading to the R.A.S.? Has much material on this subject and wonders where he can publish it.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas I. M. Forster
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[18 February 1858]
Source of text:
RS:HS 7.341
Summary:

Would like a copy of his 'Peep into Other Worlds' as he has written a similar pamphlet. Has a pamphlet for JH about the philosophy of playthings and future life. Has been trying to obtain J. P. Espy's work on circular storms without success; does he know of a copy?

Contributor:
John Herschel Project