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From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[24 March 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.56
Summary:

Does not wish to see HG's biography of Thomas Young until its publication. Anything JH submits must remain unaltered, with JH's name attached. Will not give reasons. Requests copy of Young's article 'Tides' in Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[31 March 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.57
Summary:

Send Encyclopaedia Britannica volumes with Thomas Young's article on tides and T. R. Robinson's article on sound. When will HG's [biography of Young] be published?

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[25 June 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.60
Summary:

Submits JH's manuscript on Thomas Young's mathematical works for HG's biography of Young. Notes their excessive obscurity. Reasons for insisting that JH's name be added no longer exist. Asks HG's votes for two candidates for Athenaeum.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[25 June 1830]
Source of text:
Letter from J. F. W. Herschel [Containing Remarks on Dr. Young's Mathematical an
Summary:

Provides HG [who was writing a biography of Thomas Young] with a detailed evaluation of Young's contributions to physical science, e.g., Young's development of the principle of interference in optics.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[24 July 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.61
Summary:

Inadvertently opened draft of Thomas Young's biography sent by HG, but sealed it immediately. Adamant that JH not see this before it is published. Will not change one word of JH's critique of Young's mathematics. If criticism offends Mrs. Young, then burn JH's manuscript.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[28 December 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 25.1.14
Summary:

Regrets that JH's statements about Thomas Young have offended Young's wife. Appreciates HG's dilemma. Hopes Mrs. Young will find competent person to write Young's biography. Please return JH's manuscript and destroy copies.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[2 January 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 25.1.16
Summary:

Surprised that HG misinterpreted JH's comments to suggest disrespect for Thomas Young. Will not defend them. If HG does not want to include these in Young's biography, then return manuscript to JH and destroy all copies of it.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[19 February 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 25.1.20 (C: 19.62)
Summary:

Received HG's memoir of Thomas Young. JH's manuscript must be destroyed and all printer type taken down. Any deeper critique of Young's writings would be improper and would only become stronger, further hurting Mrs. Young's feelings.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Hudson Gurney
Date:
[8 March 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 19.63
Summary:

Agrees to let HG keep one copy of JH's manuscript, but it must not circulate. Justifies strong terms in JH's description of Thomas Young.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
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