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From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[17 July 1826]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.383
Summary:

Accepts dinner invitation. Hopes no emergencies arise that would prevent their visit.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[2 August 1826]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.384
Summary:

If possible, send a magnetic needle and the prescription for mixing chrome green paint for Mrs. Somerville. Enjoyed visiting JH's mother.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[4 August 1826]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.385 (C: RS:HS 20.236)
Summary:

Sends directions for chrome solution and the magnetic apparatus and instructions for its use, as requested [in WS's 1826-8-2]. Discusses experiments with magnets.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[7 October 1829]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.386
Summary:

Invites the Somervilles to dinner the following week.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[23 February 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.387
Summary:

Thanks JH for attention to Mrs. Somerville's work [Mechanism of the Heavens]. Please send any part of the work that he has finished.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[23 March 1830]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.388
Summary:

Mrs. Somerville cannot decide what to call her book [Mechanism of the Heavens]. Please advise so publishing can commence.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[7 July 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.389
Summary:

Sir James Mackintosh wishes to meet JH. Invites the Herschels to a dinner party for this purpose.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[16 July 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.390
Summary:

Fears JH did not receive dinner invitation because he has not replied. Hopes he will be able to come.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[29 July 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.391
Summary:

JH was in Isle of Wight and did not receive dinner invitation. Apologizes for not coming. Asks when Mrs. Somerville's book [Mechanism of the Heavens] will be published.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[14 September 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.392
Summary:

Brought a copy of Mrs. Somerville's book [Mechanism of the Heavens] to Chancellor [Henry Brougham]. Wants JH to review it for the Quarterly Review. The Chancellor wishes to know if JH would like to be knighted.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[16 September 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.393 (ACCS: RS:HS 25.2.20)
Summary:

Discusses feelings about offer of knighthood. Is ambivalent. Praises the Chancellor's [Henry Brougham's] interest in science.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
25 September [1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.411
Summary:

Invites Herschels to dinner at Mrs. Turno's. Wishes to take a look at sky when JH gets home.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[27 September 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.394
Summary:

Received word from the Chancellor [Henry Brougham] that he mentioned knighting JH to King [William IV]. If JH does not want this honor, he should write the Chancellor immediately.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[29 September 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.395
Summary:

Says JH virtually has no choice concerning accepting knighthood, because it is the will of the Chancellor [Henry Brougham] and King [William IV]. Urges JH to acquiesce for the benefit of science.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[30 September 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.396 (draft: RS:HS 16.397; C: RS:HS 21.89)
Summary:

Will not oppose the the wishes of the Chancellor [Henry Brougham] concerning JH being knighted, especially if this might benefit science. Will visit Chancellor to thank him.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[4 October 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.398 (C: RS:HS 21.90)
Summary:

Has written the Chancellor [Henry Brougham] to accept the knighthood offered him. Sent observations from Monte Rosa to Lord Minto. Thanks WS for his help with the Chancellor.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
William Somerville
To:
Sir John Herschel
Date:
[26 November 1831]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.399
Summary:

Sir James Macken wishes the Herschels to come to dinner. Hopes they will attend.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[27 March 1832]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.400
Summary:

Asks WS to forward enclosed note to Professor Schlegel. Disappointed that his celestial mechanics lecture [review] did not appear in last issue of the Quarterly Review.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[11 March 1833]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.401 (C: RS:HS 21.131)
Summary:

Will write [J.-B.] Biot, but does not know to which enquiries Biot wishes JH to respond. Also wants to thank Biot for his kindness. S.-D. Poisson in a statement before the Académie des sciences has misdescribed JH's planned voyage.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project
From:
Sir John Herschel
To:
William Somerville
Date:
[2 April 1833]
Source of text:
RS:HS 16.402 (C: RS:HS 19.71 & 21.132)
Summary:

Has received payment from [John] Murray [for review of Mary Somerville's Mechanism of the Heavens ?]. Cannot answer Mrs. Somerville's question about poles of maximum cold.

Contributor:
John Herschel Project