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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 Best Jervis
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
n.d.
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.318
Summary:

Called on him the other morning to consult him on several points. Has just been appointed Surveyor General of India to succeed George Everest, and would welcome JH's advice on several matters.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Best Jervis
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[1834]
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.316
Summary:

Hopes he received his Essay on the Primitive Standard. Arrived at Simon's Town on Tuesday and hopes to call on JH before he departs.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Best Jervis
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[19 October 1835]
Source of text:
RS:HS 10.317
Summary:

Sending a little volume he has written on Native Standards to show their usefulness. Designed to influence the Indian Commission on Standards. Hopes to see JH at the Cape next February or March.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Best Jervis
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
26 April [1839]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0298.1; Reel 1087
Summary:

In R.S.L.'s request to H.E.I.C. court of directors for support for magnetic survey in India, Lord Northampton omitted to stress need for training TJ and other officers in use of special instruments.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
Thomas Best Jervis
Date:
[28 April 1839]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0298.2; Reel 1087
Summary:

Let India Board move at its own pace, and do not call on Lord Northampton. JH will write privately to 'Major J.' to suggest proper training for appointed observers.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Thomas Best Jervis
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[14 September 1839]
Source of text:
TxU:H/M-0299; Reel 1087
Summary:

Attended [French] Institute and heard D. F. J. Arago read account of L. J. M. Daguerre's process, which is very different from those of JH and W. H. F. Talbot. Has not yet visited Francesco Carlini to give him JH's letter. Introduces J. T. Boileau, who will participate in magnetic survey.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project