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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 Epsilon.

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 εpsilon.

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Herschel946
From:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1845]
Classmark:  JHS 6.26
Summary:  

Describes activities of MH and daughters at St. Leonards.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7359
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  James Basire
Date:  [1845]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 4/1.5; Reel 7
Summary:  

Errata and alterations to be made in [star] magnitude symbols before publication of JH's chart.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel831
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  1845-1
Classmark:  JHS LMJF.45.1c
Summary:  

About the health of Elizabeth Baily, and carpet advice from Miss Sheepshanks.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel834
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1845?]
Classmark:  JHS 3.20
Summary:  

Met John Franklin, who is to lead a polar expedition; JH makes disparaging comments about mesmerists, such as W. E. Parry; mentions having seen some other prominent men.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel944
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1845]
Classmark:  JHS 6.19
Summary:  

Is cooling his heels in London waiting for George Peacock and others to commit themselves to meeting.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel945
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1845]
Classmark:  JHS 6.20
Summary:  

Brings MH up to date on happenings at home; JH hopes to get away to join MH at St. Leonards.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel954
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [1845?-1?]
Classmark:  JHS 6.36
Summary:  

Asks to have carriage sent to fetch JH, as he is trying to get home in a hurry. JH has to go to a mesmeric exhibition.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel1144
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  William Henry Smyth
Date:  [1845?]
Classmark:  RS:HS 25.13.25
Summary:  

Thanks WS on behalf of JH's brother-in-law [Peter Stewart?] for acting on [Peter Stewart's?] behalf to make him a member [?]. Comments on some comet sightings.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel2690
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Somerville
Date:  [1845 ?].
Classmark:  RS:HS 16.381 (C: RS:HS 25.14.4)
Summary:  

Augustus DeMorgan and [Henry Fox] Talbot are sending their papers to her. Family is well. Outlines a process of photography.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel1173
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  William Whewell
Date:  [1845 to 1850?]
Classmark:  RS:HS 25.14.33
Summary:  

Comments on WW's publication on education [Liberal Education, 1845 ?], especially as it applies to the teaching of mathematics. JH has been teaching JH's son William mechanics by WW's book on the subject.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7413
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Unidentified
Date:  [1845-1-1 or later]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 7/1.2 verso; Reel 8
Summary:  

JH began popular series on meteorology to 'suit your readers' over one year ago, but discovered excellent treatise by L. F. Kämtz and chose instead to translate that. 'Your letter' revived the idea.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel11062
From:  Richard Jones
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 10.400
Summary:  

Is starting for Weisbaden to take the waters in hope of curing his rheumatism. Unable to send the rose he promised Lady Herschel. Sends some sheets of his own lectures.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel4392
From:  Henry William Pickersgill
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1845?]
Classmark:  RS:HS 14.161
Summary:  

Discusses the copying of HP's portrait of JH [to be distributed with Cape Results].

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel6935
From:  Augustus De Morgan
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 January 1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 6.215
Summary:  

The memoirs are cut enough already. Hopes his health is better.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel9839
From:  James A. Gordon
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 January 1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 8.173
Summary:  

Thanks for his note. Will avail himself of the offer of hospitality and Mr. Forster and himself will call on Friday. Quotes example of electricity applied to agriculture.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel2300
From:  Edward Sabine
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 January 1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 15.171
Summary:  

Objection to G. B Airy's suggestion unexpected. Will see Dean of Ely [George Peacock] soon. Must review foreign letters to be sure none of consequence were omitted. Sends copy of the Toronto meteorology.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel9840
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  James A. Gordon
Date:  [9 January 1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 8.174 & 22.219
Summary:  

Will be happy to receive him but doubts the wisdom of bringing Mr. Forster as JH is not interested in joining any more societies. If Forster's experiments succeed he will be a benefactor to agriculture.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel3377
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  James David Forbes
Date:  [11 January 1845]
Classmark:  St. Andrews LB III, 602-3 (C: RS:HS 7.306)
Summary:  

Believes JH expressed support for pension for surviving child of Thomas Henderson. Comments on this, stating his own view that she is already well provided for.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel824
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [11 January 1845]
Classmark:  JHS 3.24
Summary:  

It is pouring rain at Collingwood; JH writes a long but reasonably temperate review of the visit of two mesmerists; JH opposed to mesmerism because he sees it as fraudulent.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel10791
From:  H. Fraser Halle
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [12 January 1845]
Classmark:  RS:HS 10.146
Summary:  

Sends a copy of the Britannic Censor. Outlines his aims in producing this new periodical.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project