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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
Herschel14655
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [9 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.1; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Correspondence with Babbages. Caroline Herschel asks JH to meet Mr. Kestner, private secretary of Hanoverian ambassador to Rome. Regards from Miss Delevaux.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel14656
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [15 April 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.2; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Pleased to hear about JH's travels in Europe. Visit to London with Mary Baldwin. News of acquaintances. Describes a dinner with the Copelands. Death of [Susan] White's husband. Sent money and Richard Copeland's drawings to Caroline Herschel via Mr. Golterman. Misses Slough. Mr. Robinson made offer to Mrs. Morice for manuscripts.

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
Herschel14657
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 May 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.3; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Received package with gifts from Caroline Herschel. [Letter continued 7 Apr.:] Forwarding mail for JH to Charles Babbage. Reminds JH to write from Rome. [Letter continued 8 Apr.:] Death of Mr. White. Georg Griesbach underwent operation. [Letter continued 9 Apr.:] Reading [August von] Kotzebue's Travels through Italy. Worried about dangers in JH's journey there.

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
Herschel14658
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [12 May 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.4; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Anticipates news from JH in Naples. Mary Baldwin staying with MH. Glad that servant James is good companion. [Letter continued 13 May:] Advice on sending mail from Italy. Carriage repaired and repainted. [Letter continued 14 May:] Terrible weather. Miss Deluc is not expected to survive. [Letter continued 17 May:] Visitors to Slough.

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
Herschel14659
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [21 May 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.5.1; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Delighted with JH's news from Italy. MH urges him to visit Englishmen on Continent, especially Lord Somerset's family. Death of Lord Byron. [Former servant] Carter was banished to Botany Bay for life. [Letter continued 22 May:] News of acquaintances. Reminder to pay wages to servant James.

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
Herschel14661
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.7; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Received JH's letter from Rome. Bought [David] Cox's Pictures of Italy to see places JH has visited. Visits London doctor with Mary Baldwin. News of acquaintances. MH authorized seizure of Mr. Davenport's corn, because he refuses to pay rent.

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
Herschel14662
From:  Mary Pitt Herschel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [12 June 1824]
Classmark:  TxU:H/M-0623.8; Reel 1086
Summary:  

Concerned about JH in Rome. Expecting visit from Mrs. [James] South and Charles Babbage, who has rented house in Passy, France. Many visitors to Slough for Ascot races next week. J. H. Nelson reminds JH to use special shipping agent in Florence to send items to England. [Letter continued 13 June:] Celebrating MH's 74th birthday. [Letter continued 14 June:] Asks for JH's itinerary.

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