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Herschel3835
From:  William Rowan Hamilton
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1 September 1847]
Classmark:  unknown
Summary:  

Wants WH's quaternion mathematics to be challenged; also worries that quaternions will become merely 'a private and personal skill' instead of a method that can be taught.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7646
From:  Sir John Herschel
To:  George Bancroft
Date:  [1 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/6.12; Reel 9
Summary:  

Asks help in forwarding copies of JH's Cape Results to U.S. List of 19 recipients and addresses. Asks GB's help in correcting errors before JH inscribes copies.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-1112
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  John Forbes Royle
Date:  1 Sept [1847]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (11 April 2013)
Summary:  

Returns JFR’s copies of Transactions [Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India]. Has not found quite as much as he thought he might on varieties of Indian domestic animals and plants; "the attempts at introduction have been too recent for the effects, if any, of climate to have been developed". Is impressed by the work of the English in India.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel7577
From:  Count [Gerrit] Schimmelpenninck
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [1 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.94; Reel 9
Summary:  

King of Netherlands received copy of JH's Cape Results and wishes to award gold medal to JH. Does JH accept?

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7527
From:  John Bullar
To:  Margaret Brodie Herschel
Date:  [2 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.44; Reel 9
Summary:  

Thanks MH for fulfilling promise. Hails JH's [Cape Results] as grand testimony to God's infinite power.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7585
From:  William Parsons (Lord Rosse)
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [2 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.102; Reel 9
Summary:  

Will call for JH's [Cape Results] when in London. One of WP's assistants reported ring around Neptune last winter, but WP is skeptical. Instruments idle for nine months. WP too busy with [Irish famine] relief. Wrote to T. R. Robinson to find competent assistant.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7601
From:  Count Revel
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [2 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.118; Reel 9
Summary:  

In response to JH's letter to the late Count [Polton?], Revel will forward two copies of JH's Cape Results to Turin for distribution to academic institutions.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-1113
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Mary Anne Theresa Whitby
Date:  2 Sept [1847]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (61)
Summary:  

Questions Mrs W on difference in flight capacity of male and female silkworm moths and asks her for results of experiments he suggested she do with silkworms to determine hereditariness of dark "eyebrows". [See Variation 1: 302.]

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel7528
From:  [C. M. Wilke]
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  4 September [1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.45; Reel 9
Summary:  

Thanks JH for citing CW's 'endeavours in connexion with Mr. [Sherman?].'

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7641
From:  George Peacock
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [4 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/6.8; Reel 9
Summary:  

Will soon marry [Frances] Selwyn, sister of Bishop of New Zealand. Favorable comments on [Cape Results].

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel12179
From:  Georg Merz & Son
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [5 September 1847]
Classmark:  RS:HS 13.37
Summary:  

Thanks for the address of the Admiralty; will send the instrument away in three weeks. Would JH send his observations to them via Williams Norgate (bookseller).

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7438
From:  William Smith Williams
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [6 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/3.8; Reel 9
Summary:  

Received 112 epigraphs inscribed by JH for insertion into presentation copies [of JH's Cape Results], to be distributed as directed.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel4629
From:  James Constantine Adamson
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 September 1847]
Classmark:  RS:HS 1.13
Summary:  

Relating to the appointment of Langham Dale to the staff of the South African College.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-1115
From:  Robert Chambers
To:  David Milne Home
Date:  7 Sept 1847
Classmark:  DAR 143: 5, DAR 146: 1
Summary:  

Has letter from CD asking for copy of DM-H’s paper ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber" (1847), Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. RC still has suspicions and looks forward to further testing of Glen Roy mystery.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel10138
From:  James William Grant
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 September 1847]
Classmark:  RS:HS 9.25
Summary:  

Has been appointed Apothecary General. His own wife's health has not been good. Hopes all is well at Collingwood. What is he doing about William? Comments on the field open to chemistry students.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7529
From:  Manuel John Johnson
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.46; Reel 9
Summary:  

Gratitude on behalf of observatory trustees for receipt of JH's Cape Results. Distributed copies as directed.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7890
From:  Élie François Wartmann
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [7 September 1847]
Classmark:  RS:HS 18.93
Summary:  

Comments on electrical equipment, and then refers to a variety of experiments, including shocking chickens awake that have been given ether, and the study of other electrical effects on gases and various liquid substances. Wonders about the use of ether/electric shock on humans in surgery. Congratulates JH on his Cape Results.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
Herschel7586
From:  Edward Joshua Cooper
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [8 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.103; Reel 9
Summary:  

Praises JH's Cape Results. Sends EC's paper read at Royal Irish Academy, three engravings of EC's 'Circle,' and EC's recent work dabbling 'in other than Astronomical affairs.'

Contributor:  John Herschel Project
DCP-LETT-1116
From:  Charles Robert Darwin
To:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  8 [Sept 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 50: C3–C6
Summary:  

Discusses David Milne’s Glen Roy paper ["On the parallel roads of Lochaber", Trans. R. Soc. Edinburgh 16 (1849): 395–418]. Rejects Milne’s theory that outlet of Glen Roy is blocked by detritus. Impressed by Milne’s discovery of an outlet at the level of the second shelf. Believes this strengthens theory that lakes were formed by glacier blocking Glen Roy. Offers arguments against glacier theory.

Contributor:  Darwin Correspondence Project
Herschel7492
From:  Adolphe Quetelet
To:  Sir John Herschel
Date:  [8 September 1847]
Classmark:  RAS:JH Archive 10/5.9; Reel 9
Summary:  

[Form letter] Royal Academy of Science and Humanities acknowledges receipt of JH's Cape Results.

Contributor:  John Herschel Project