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Herschel13215
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [4 February 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.1; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Mrs. Babbage, still recuperating, wishes to visit Slough. Recent publication of Charles Babbage's book should excite insurance directors. Paper by Mary Somerville was read at R.S.L. last week. Invitation for MH to visit Somervilles at Chelsea. JH admitted to Geological Society yesterday, presided over by William Buckland. Encloses JH's diploma from Royal Academy of Copenhagen. News of MH's London acquaintances.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13216
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [2 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.2 & -0517.3; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Foul weather in Dover delays departure of JH and servant James Child for Calais. Geological formations along road to Dover. Instructions on numbering and preserving personal letters.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13217
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [3 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.4 & -0517.3; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Weather is good for Channel crossing. Returns 'book of rates.' It is too cumbersome.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13218
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [7 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.5; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Arrival in Paris. Names chemists, mathematicians, and others whom JH met at Institute. Breakfast with D. F. J. Arago at observatory. Problems with passport. Purchase of carriage for trip to Italy. [Letter continued same day from Melun:] En route to Lyons.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13219
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [19 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.6; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Describes travels in Savoy and Sardinia. Snowstorm on Mont Cenis. Arrived in Turin on Good Friday. Meeting with G. B. Plana at Turin observatory. Leaving for Rome next week.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13220
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [26 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.7; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Describes Turin and church politics. Ill health of the Pope {Leo XII]. [Letter continued 27 April between Genoa and Modena:] Met F. X. Zach in Genoa. Incident of anti-Jewish bigotry in Genoa. [Letter continued 2 May in Florence:] Met G. B. Amici in Modena. Clarity of Amici's telescope. Describes Bologna.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13221
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [11 May 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.8; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Describes monastery. [Letter continued 12 May in Arezzo, Tuscany:] Journey from Bologna. Describes Florence and Florentine art. [Letter continued 16 May at Città di Londra Hotel in Rome] Received mail from home. Death of [JH's godmother] Susan White. Describes Rome. Will search for Mr. Kestner.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13222
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [20 May 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.9; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Disappointed with Roman ruins and art. [Letter continued 24 May:] Hopes to receive mail from Slough in Naples. [Letter continued 27 May:] Viewed pope's benediction in St. Peter's Square. Roman weather. JH's itinerary for June and July.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13223
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [1 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.10; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Asks for news of MH's health. Lists all letters JH has sent. Problems with European post. Trip from Rome to Naples. Neopolitan countryside. [Letter continued 2 June:] At Hotel de la Città di Napoli on Bay of Naples. Describes Mount Vesuvius. Visit with Teodoro Monticelli and British minister W. R. Hamilton. [Letter continued 3 June:] Attended opera at Europe's largest theater. Prefers Naples to Rome; will stay at least one month.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13224
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [8 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.11; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Describes last letter to MH. [Letter continued 9 June in Naples:] Will write to J. H. Nelson. Problems with postal service in Naples. Met European nobility at dinner of British minister W. R. Hamilton. Ascent of Mount Vesuvius with Nicola Covelli. Barometer observations, chemical experiments, and camera lucida drawings. High society in Naples. Describes 'ridiculous' religious practices at church of Madonna dell'Arco and barbarian lower classes of Naples.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13225
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [17 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.12; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Received mail from MH, Mary Baldwin, and J. H. Nelson. Death of George Gordon (Lord Byron). Dined with British minister W. R. Hamilton. News of English residents in Rome. Recent archeological discoveries in Naples. Describes Pompeii, Solfaterra, and Puzzuoli. Religious procession of king through Naples. [Letter continued 18 June:] Met British admiral H. B. Neale at Hamilton's. Problems with Dey of Algiers.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13226
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [20 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.13; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Voyage to Sicily. Scenes of Palermo. Visit with Giuseppe Piazzi and Niccolo Cacciatore at Palermo observatory. Names scientists JH plans to visit on Sicily.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13227
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [27 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.14; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Six-day mule trip to see ruins of Girgente. Servant James Child is holding up well.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13228
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [1 July 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.15; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Mount Etna marks furthest point of JH's journey. Travel is difficult. Both JH and servant James Child are in good health. Describes ruins of Girgente. Send future letters to Geneva or Paris. [Letter continued 3-4 July at Mount Etna:] Few lines from Casa Inglese, highest house in Europe, built by Carlo Gemmellaro for travelers. [Letter continued 5 July in Catania:] Ascent of Mount Etna.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13229
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [12 July 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.16; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Departure delayed by week-long feast of St. Rosalie, patron of Sicily. No vessels moving. Reviews Sicilian scenery, weather, and culture. Compares Mount Etna and Vesuvius. Describes travel across center of island with companions Count Bessa Negrini of Mantua and C. G. B. Daubeny of Oxford. [Letter continued 14 July:] Oppressive heat in Palermo. [Letter continued 18 July:] Arrival in Naples.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13230
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [22 July 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.17; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Lists all letters received from Slough and those sent by JH to recipients in England. News of acquaintances at home. C. G. B. Daubeny taken ill. Itinerary for return trip. Low opinion of southern Italians. English society in Naples. Describes cask of wine JH shipped to England. [P.S. 24 July:] Daubeny's illness is malaria. JH will stay with him. Grahames are not here.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13231
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [30 July 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.18; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Describes last leg of Sicilian tour and festival of St. Rosalie, patron of Sicily, in Palermo. [Letter continued 31 July:] C. G. B. Daubeny is recovering but not strong. JH will travel on alone. Lists letters received from England. Dinner with Lord Belvedere. Shipped case of shells and minerals to Mr. Beckwith.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13232
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [14 August 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.19; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Oppressive heat. Toured Rome and Florence in early morning hours only. Low regard for Romans and southerners. Glad to be in civilized Tuscany. Describes Florence. Sorry to hear of Renuel's death. Began letter in Catania to Caroline Herschel.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13233
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [22 August 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.20; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Mail and news of acquintances at home. Met Jack Fuller, fellow of St. John's College. Visited astronomer Giovanni Inghirami. Describes Bologna. [Letter continued 23 Aug.:] Deciding route for trip home. Describes servant James Child. Journey from Bologna to Venice. Dismal condition of University of Padua. Describes Venice. [P.S. 24 Aug.:] Shipment to Mr. Beckwith from Rome includes engravings for J. H. Nelson.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel13234
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  Mary Pitt Herschel
Date:  [30 August 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/L-0517.21; Reel 1053
Summary:  

Leaving tomorrow on expedition into mountains to search for minerals. Journey from Venice to Verona. Visited Giovanni Santini in Padua.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project