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"E. Divines, Metaphysicians, Philologists", 1805-1899

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Identifier: Coll-1997/1

Scope and Contents

This volume is entitled "E. Divines, Metaphysicians, Philologists" and contains 175 items: 118 autograph letters and documents 57 portraits, comprising 40 albumen print photographs, 16 engravings, and 1 lithograph.

Letters and manuscripts - "A"

  1. Ainger, Alfred. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 9 February 1885. 2 pp. Ainger is best known for his memoirs of English authors. Declining a dinner invitation, saying that being in Hampstead Heath he is cut off from London social life.
  2. Ainger, Alfred. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 21 February 1885. 2 pp. Thanking her for agreeing to host a seventh session of his class on Chaucer, and describing those plans.
  3. Ainger, Alfred. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 26 January 1886. 4 pp. Discussing Carlyle and Lamb.
  4. Alison, Archibald. ALS to Francis Horner. 11 Jun 1816. 2 pp. The Scottish Episcopalian priest and essayist relates the death of Horner’s friend, the lawyer George Wilson.

Letters and manuscripts - "B"

  1. Barnett, Samuel A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 29 October 1889. 1 p. Barnett was a cleric and reformer who, as he served as Canon of Westminster in later years, is often called Canon Barnett. Sending thanks for a cheque supporting his efforts.
  2. Barnett, Samuel A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 10 January 1899. 1 p. Sending thanks for a cheque.
  3. Beecher, Henry Ward. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 9 July 1863. 2 p. Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher, one of the best known men in America, famously championed Darwinism in America. Concerning a letter from Paul Broca and a book Beecher was to deliver from him to Lyell.
  4. Bentham, Jeremy. AL not signed to Francis Horner. 24 May 1808. 8 pp., perhaps incomplete. In this closely written letter Bentham presents the case for a significant reform in English legal procedure. Bentham attacks the routine abuse of sham writs of error in which officials and lawyers lined their pockets by entertaining bogus writs of error.
  5. Bleek, Wilhelm. ALS to Mary Lyell. 24 March 1871. 4 pp. Bleek was a German linguist noted for his study of the Bushmen (the San people of Southern Africa). He thanks the Lyells for the geology book they sent, describes the ways he used it in while on holiday, and discusses his researches into the language and numeracy of the Bushmen.
  6. Brooke, Stopford A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 13 December 1883. 2 pp. Brooke was a prominent Irish churchman and author. Sending thanks for a contribution and discussing the publication of a sermon.
  7. Brooke, Stopford A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 11 December 1884. 1 p. Sending thanks for a contribution.
  8. Brooke, Stopford A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 18 February 1889. 1 p. Seeking a financial contribution to support a destitute man.
  9. Brooke, Stopford A. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 27 April 1890. 2 pp. Sending thanks for a contribution and discussing recent reading and the writing of reviews.

Letters and manuscripts - "C"

  1. Colenso, John W. ALS “J. W. Natal” to Mary Lyell. 25 August 1864. 1p. Colenso was first Bishop of Natal and a controversial advocate of native rights in South Africa. Concenring an article on Charles Lyell.
  2. Colenso, John W. ALS “J. W. Natal” to Mary Lyell. 13 November 1874. 1p. Accepting a dinner invitation.
  3. Colenso, John W. ALS “J. W. Natal” to Mary Lyell. 21 November 1874. 2 pp. On missing Charles Lyell at the Atheneum and on documents concerning travel in Africa.
  4. Colenso, John W. Autograph manuscript leaf, docketed “Bishop of Natal” and numbered 25. n.d. 1 p. A leaf of an article by Colenso concerning the Jews and the tribes of Canaan. This appears to be related to his scandalous The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined (1862).
  5. Chalmers, Thomas. ALS to Francis Horner, 27 October 1824. 2 pp. Scottish minister, professor of theology, political economist, and a leader of both the Church of Scotland and of the Free Church of Scotland, Chalmers has been called “Scotland’s greatest nineteenth-century churchman.” Discussing his writings and his hopes to complete his The Christian and Civic Economy of Great Towns.
  6. Channing, William Ellery. ALS to William Ticknor. n.d. 1 p. Concerning scheduling a meeting with Sir Charles Lyell.
  7. Channing, William Ellery. ALS to Mr. Booth. 24 Aug 1836. 2 pp. Channing was the leading Unitarian preacher and theologian in America up to his death in 1842. A letter of introduction for his sister-in-law, who is visiting England, warning that she is a zealous Episcopalian and thus “we have not entire sympathies on the subject of religion.”

Letters and manuscripts - "D"

  1. Dawes, Richard. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 28 November n.y. 3 pp. Dawes was a noted education reformer who established a school for the poor. He became Dean of Hereford in 1850. Seeking Lyell’s support in education reform.
  2. Dawes, Richard. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 27 January n.y. 1 p. Accepting an invitation.

Letters and manuscripts - "E"

  1. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 28 March n.y. 1 p. Accepting an invitation to dine with the Lyells.

Letters and manuscripts - "F"

  1. Farrar, Frederic. ALS to Francis Galton. n.d. 3 pp. Farrar was a philologist who applied Darwin’s ideas about branching descent to language. He was a pallbearer at Darwin’s funeral, at which he preached the sermon. Inquiring whether the Ethnological Society would like a Farrar to write a paper on Aryan and Semitic languages, showing that the just as the two are irreducible and without a common source, so to could mankind not have come from a single pair of humans.

Letters and manuscripts - "G"

  1. Goumans, E. L. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 1 July 1871. 2 pp. Enclosing a letter of recommendation from Herbert Spencer.
  2. Grimm. Jacob. Autograph manuscript signed. 23 October 1860. 1 p. Grimm, the famous folklorist and philologist, writes (in German): “Let God’s water run over God’s land!”
  3. Grimm. Jacob. Autograph manuscript signed. 2 pp. fragment, German. On the recto Grimm discusses the fact that the Church, especially monks in the “Old Church,” played the predominant role in giving accounts of current events. Later, the Church focused more on ecclesiastical concerns in its writings. On the verso he notes that Iceland has preserved the purity of prose in writings that reached Germany from ancient sources.
  4. Grimm, Wilhelm. Autograph manuscript signed. n.d. 1 p., German. Grimm, the famous folklorist and philologist, writes “Kirschii Cornucopiae Norib 1723.” This exact citation appears on p. vii of Diefenbach’s Mitellateinisch-hochdeutsch-böhmisches Wörterbuch (1846).
  5. Grimm, Wilhelm. Autograph manuscript signed. n.d. 1 p., German. Grimm writes a series of dictionary entries for “Drol/Droll,” Dröler,” and “Dröllerei.”

Letters and manuscripts - "H"

  1. Hamilton, William. ALS to Leonard Horner. 6 July 1844. 2 pp. On social engagements.
  2. Hansard, Septimus. ALS to Mary Lyell. 10 February 1873. 8 pp. The rector of Bethnal Green thanks Mrs. Lyell for a paper concerning her father Leonard Horner and then discusses at length his plan for a series of lectures to instruct the common man.

Letters and manuscripts - "J"

  1. Jamieson, John. ALS to Francis Horner. 6 July 1814. 4 pp. Jamieson was the author of The Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1808). Sending a copy of his latest work and discussing at length the problems of publishing and gaining notice in the reviews.
  2. Jones, Harry. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 3 August 1869. 2 pp. Jones was Vicar of St Luke Berwick Street at the time of this letter. A travel writer and amateur geologist, he writes here about his digs and returns two pamphlets to Lyell.
  3. Jowett, Benjamin. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 8 January 1871. 1 pp. Jowett was an influential theologian and author who advocated reinterpretation of the Bible in light of discoveries in geology and philology. Jowett reports that the Reference Bible retains the date 4004 BC as the date of Creation, as calculated by Ussher. He adds that he will attempt to ascertain how many copies are printed each year, as Lyell seeks to ascertain the book’s influence.
  4. Jowett, Benjamin. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 6 April 1872. 2 pp. Concerning geology and the date of Creation.
  5. Jowett, Benjamin. ALS to Mary Lyell. 5 July n.y. 2 pp. Concerning a visit. Also letter from Jowett to Colenso, inviting him and his brother to stay, 8 January, no year.
  6. Jowett, Benjamin. ALS to Col. Henry Lyell. 8 January n.y. 1 pp. Inviting Henry and Charles Lyell to visit him.

Letters and manuscripts - "K"

  1. Kerrick, John. ALS to Charles Lyell. 25 July 1850. 2 pp. Kerrick sends thanks for Lyell’s Address to the Geological Society of London, praises his contributions to the field, and sends his own work.
  2. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 28 April 1863. 4 pp. Novelist, historian, clergyman, and reformer, Charles Kingsley was a popularizer of Darwinism and a friend of Darwin, Lyell, and Huxley. Kingsley reacts to Lyell’s The Antiquity of Man, discussing the analogy of language and natural history. He goes on to discuss the natural history museum he wishes to establish and the geological specimens he seeks.
  3. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 29 May 1865. 4 pp. Concerning plans to organize a group of scientific men.
  4. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 22 June 1871. 4 pp. Asking Lyell to join and support the Natural Science Society of which Kingsley has dreamt for years. The Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art ultimately played a major part in the establishment of the Grosvenor Museum.
  5. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 29 June 1871. 4 pp. Thanking Lyell for his support of Kingsley’s Natural Science Society.
  6. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Mary Lyell. 12 March 1872. 4 pp. Reacting in detail and in glowing terms to the latest edition of Lyell’s Elements of Geology.
  7. Kingsley, Charles. ALS to Mary Lyell. 11 November 1872. 4 pp. Concerning J.D. Hooker and one of his protégés, living in Trinidad, who might be able to provide the specimens she seeks, presumably related to her study of conchology.

Letters and manuscripts - "L"

  1. Lightfoot, J. B., Bishop of Durham. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 4 June 1855. 3p. Writing as rector of Exeter College, Lightfoot asks whether he can submit Lyell’s name for an honorary degree and discusses the establishment of a new museum there.

Letters and manuscripts - "M"

  1. Martineau, James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 31 October 1872. 3 pp. Martineau, a leading religious philosopher, was Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy at Manchester New College for forty-five years. Reflecting on leaving his position as minister at Portland Street Chapel.
  2. Martineau, James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 1 May 1873. 4 pp. A heartfelt letter of condolence on the death of Mary Lyell, with deep reflections on the meaning of death. Mary Horner Lyell, a conchologist and geologist, is believed to have made substantial contributions to the work of her husband Charles.
  3. Martineau, James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 20 July 1873. 4 pp. Sending thanks for a photograph of the late Mary Lyell and commenting on the capacity of photography to convey impressions of character.
  4. Maurice, Frederick. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 27 October 1862. 2 pp. Maurice is one of the founders of Christian socialism. Katherine Lyell was the wife of Col. Henry Lyell. On health matters. On social matters.
  5. Maurice, Frederick. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 15 November 1865. 2 pp. On social matters.
  6. Merivale, Herman. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 6 March 1863. 4 pp. Sending thanks for Lyell’s Antiquity of Man and musing about future generations who will have a chance of being able to guess accurately at the date of the appearance of Homo sapiens, “or rather when he last monkey from whom I am descended cut his wise teeth.”
  7. Merivale, Herman. ALS to Mrs. Lyell. 19 March 1869. 2 pp. On lending Beddomes’s book on Indian ferns.
  8. Mill, John Stuart. ALS to Mary Lyell. 6 July 1869. 4 pp. Inviting Sir Charles and Mary Lyell to dinner, referring to the book Mill sent them, and inviting them to attend a meeting of the London Society for Women’s Suffrage.
  9. Mill, John Stuart. ALS to Mary Lyell. 7 July 1870. 2 pp. Inviting Sir Charles and Mary Lyell to dinner and noting that Mr. [George] Grote and Mr [Alfred Russel] Wallace will be there as well.
  10. Milman, H. H. ALS to Charles Lyell. 13 April 1844. 10 pp. A long letter by the historian H. H. Milman on Dante and religion, with special reference to the book on the subject by Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti).
  11. Milman, H. H. ALS to Mary Lyell. [February 1849.] 3 pp. Inviting Mary Lyell to visit Milman’s ailing wife.
  12. Milman, H. H. ALS to Charles Lyell. 31 October 1851. 7 pp. Concerning the French Revolution.
  13. Moncreiff-Wellwood, Henry. ALS to Francis Horner. 16 July 1813. 2 pp. Moncreiff-Wellwood was a rare combination of both baronet in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia and minister of the Church of Scotland who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. In 1793 he was made Chaplain in Ordinary to King George III in Scotland. Presenting a lengthy discussion of pending legislation concerning chaplains in the army and navy and the place of Presbyterians vs. the Church of England.
  14. Moncreiff-Wellwood, Henry. ALS to Francis Horner. 18 May 1814. 3 pp. Closely analyzing legislation proposed in the House of Commons by Dr. Nicol.
  15. Müller, Max. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. n.d. 1 p. Müller was a leading philologist, Orientalist, founder of Indian studies in the West, and the discipline of the study of religions. Lyell drew on Müller’s philological work in analogizing the evolution of species with the evolution of language. Agreeing to Lyell’s proposed alteration to his text and congratulating Lyell on his book’s sales, noting that geology is surpassing theology at John Murray.
  16. Müller, Max. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. n.d. 2 pp. Sending Lyell his Lectures on the Science of Language, noting that he has drawn on Lyell’s work in comparing the crusts of the Earth with the crust of language and offering Lyell a correction to his work.
  17. Müller, Max. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 15 February, n.y. 1 p. Asking Lyell about the names of certain trees in Europe and presenting his theories about the evolution of language.
  18. Müller, Max. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 19 February, n.y. 1 p. Suggesting ways for Lyell to strengthen his argument by addressing language. Noting that “Darwin’s ‘Natural Selection’ and ‘Struggle for Life’ were just the keys that were wanted to unlock the mysteries of language.

Letters and manuscripts - "N"

  1. Newman, John Henry, Cardinal. ANS to Sir Charles Lyell. 31 May 1850. 1 p. Sending thanks for sending a ticket to Lyell’s talk at the Royal Institution.
  2. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 1 January 1862. 3 pp. The younger brother of Cardinal Newman, Francis Newman was a scholar and a reformer. Here he addresses British responses to the Civil War in America.
  3. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 20 January 1863. 4 pp. On world politics, the American Civil War, and the Union’s use of black soldiers in the war effort.
  4. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 15 January 1867. 4 pp. Discussing current events in Europe.
  5. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 29 November 1868. 4 pp. On British politics, Frances Power Cobbe, women’s suffrage, and an article Newman is about to publish.
  6. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 3 January 1869. 4 pp. On British politics, poverty, and the poor laws.
  7. Newman, Francis W. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 17 March 1875. 4 pp. Sending condolences on the death of Sir Charles Lyell, with discussions of his burial at Westminster Abbey, his contributions to geology, his religion, and Newman’s disappointment that young men are seizing on Lyell’s work to disprove religion.

Letters and manuscripts - "O"

  1. Otter, William. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 14 February 1836. 2 pp. William Otter was first Principal of King’s College, Cambridge, where Lyell was professor of geology in 1831-33. On happenings at King’s college and in geology.

Letters and manuscripts - "P"

  1. Parker, Theodore. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 13 November 1851. 2 pp. Parker was a leading American Unitarian minister, Transcendentalist, and reformer. Sending Lyell thanks for sending a book by Charles Babbage, and noting that he had read it and was personally acquainted with Babbage, whom he considered one of the most remarkable men of Europe. He goes on to praise Lyell’s writings for their ”scientific spirit,” “wide knowledge,” and “humane and religious tendency.”
  2. Parker, Theodore. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 1 January 1853. 1 p. Sending Lyell a book and regretting that circumstances prevented their meeting while Lyell was in Boston.
  3. Parr, Samuel. Autograph letter signed to Francis Horner. [January 1810]. 2 pp. The “Whig Johnson” was famous for his illegible handwriting, having received a flogging for it at Harrows. This letter is no exception.
  4. Pillans, James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 27 July 1861. 2 pp. Pillans was a professor of the classics for more than fifty years at the University of Edinburgh. On scheduling matters.
  5. Pillans, James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 14 February 1858. 2 pp. Concerning Lyell’s search for a tutor.

Letters and manuscripts - "R"

  1. Ram Mohan Roy, Raja. ALS to Mrs. Charles Lyell. n.d. 2 pp. Ram Mohan was one of the founders of the Brahmo Sabha, a social-religious reform movement in India. In 1830 he went to England as an envoy of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar Shah II, who invested him with the title of Raja to the court of King William IV. He writes here concerning a meeting.
  2. Roget, Pierre. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 27 September 1864. 2 pp. The physician, natural theologian, and lexicographer is best known for his thesaurus. On social matters.

Letters and manuscripts - "S"

  1. Scott, A. J. ALS to Mary Lyell. 31 October 1851. 3 pp. On a paper he is publishing and on sending it to Charles Lyell.
  2. Smith, Sydney. ALS to Mary Lyell. 28 March 1840. 2 pp. Smith was a famous wit, author, and Anglican cleric. Stating that “Tim” is the delight of my eye and the joy of my heart, “a mixture of Plato and Adams,” “magnanimous in all the relations of war and peace.”
  3. Smith, Sydney. ALS to Francis Horner. 4 July 1817. 2 pp. Requesting that his letters be returned, noting that he has never kept any correspondence more than 10 minutes as a matter of policy, and then addressing personal matters.
  4. Smith, Sydney. ALS to Leonard Horner. n.d. 1 p. Requesting that he call on the Dean of Durham and take him to the Academy. Leonard Horner was Francis Horner’s brother. His daughter Mary married Charles Lyell the geologist.
  5. Spedding, James. ALS to Mary Lyell. 22 April 1865. 4 pp. Spedding is best known for his edition of the works of Francis Bacon. On the American Civil War, democracy, sacrifice for the common good, and the evils of slavery.
  6. Spedding, James. Autograph manuscript signed. n.d. 1 pp. A humorous poem musing on youth, education, and aging.
  7. Spencer, Herbert. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 15 February 1860. 3 pp. Spencer was a leading philosopher, sociologist, and anthropologist who famously coined the phrase “survival of the fittest.” Asking Lyell to lend his name to a circular Spencer wishes to issue to secure subscribers to the planned series of books that eventually became First Principles, Principles of Biology, Principles of Psychology, and others. He notes that the following have already agreed to sign the circular: Darwin, Hooker, Huxley, Mill, and Tyndall.
  8. Spencer, Herbert. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 17 February 1860. 2 pp. Responding to Lyell’s objections concerning the circular.
  9. Spencer, Herbert. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 1 March 1864. 2 pp. Expressing concern that some think that the writings of Auguste Comte had an impact on the work of Spencer and other English men of science, and asking for Lyell’s thoughts on the matter.
  10. Spencer, Herbert. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 30 June 1871. 2 pp. recommending E. L. Goumans who managed Spencer’s publishing interests in America. He notes that the agent has also arranged the publication of works by Huxley, Tyndall and others by Appleton.
  11. Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn, Dean of Westminster. ALS to Mary Lyell. 23 February 1875. 1 p. A letter of condolence on Charles Lyell’s death, quoting Cardinal Newman.
  12. Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn, Dean of Westminster. ALS to Mary Lyell. 11 June 1871. 2 pp. Concerning the letters of Sir Charles Lyell.
  13. Stanley, Edward, Bishop of Norwich. ALS to Leonard Horner. 21 May 1844. 1 pp. The Bishop of Norwich sends a recent sermon and discusses in detail related theological matters.
  14. Stanley, Edward, Bishop of Norwich. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 30 June 1849. 1 p. Concerning a geological meeting.
  15. Stanley, Edward, Bishop of Norwich. ALS to Mrs. Horner. 12 June 1846. 1 p. Sending a recent publication.
  16. Sterling, John. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 7 April 1840. 4 pp. The Scottish author presents a long and detailed critique of Lyell’s discussion of ancient science and philosophy in the first volume of Principles of Geology.
  17. Sumner, John Bird, Archbishop of Canterbury. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. March 2, n.y. 1 p. Sends regrets that he does not have time to participant fully and thus does not wish to have his name proposed for membership in the Geological Society.

Letters and manuscripts - "T"

  1. Tait, Archibald Campbell. ALS to Leonard Horner. 9 November 1853. 8 pp. Tait became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1868. Reminiscing about his youth.
  2. Tait, Archibald Campbell. ALS to Leonard Horner. 17 September 1856. 4 pp. Reporting that he has received the bishopric of London.
  3. Tait, Archibald Campbell. ALS to Leonard Horner. 3 April 1859. 4 pp. On a recent visit.
  4. Tait, Archibald Campbell. ALS to Leonard Horner. 31 December 1863. 3 pp. On scheduling matters.
  5. Tayler, John James. ALS to Katharine Lyell, 21 March 1857. 3 pp. Katherine Lyell was the wife of Henry Lyell, the geologist’s younger brother. Tayler, a noted Unitarian minister, sends thanks for the gift of Sir Charles’s books and notes the pleasure he has derived form reading about developments in geology.
  6. Tayler, John James. ALS to Katharine Lyell. 7 May 1857. 2 pp. Sending thanks for the gift of the second volume Lyell’s Principles of Geology.
  7. Tayler, John James. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 23 February 1862. 4 pp. In this extraordinary, extremely long letter, Tayler follows up on a conversation he has with Lyell. He discusses the meaning of life, creation, God, the connection between individual and the universe, the soul, the mind, the natural world, geological vs. Biblical time, and much more.
  8. Thirlwall, Connop. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell (C. St.. Davids”). ALS 10 June n.y. 1 p. Thirlwall was made Bishop of St. David’s in 1840. Accepting Lyell’s invitation.
  9. Thomson, Thomas. ALS to Francis Horner. 20 July 1805. 4 pp. Thomson was a Scottish advocate and antiquarian. A long, chatty letter by the attorney with considerable material on their mutual friend Dugald Stewart and his current writing projects and on “the new London Institution, or University, or whatever else it may be called.”
  10. Twistleton, Edward. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 2 February 1863. 3 pp. Discussing lines from Hesiod.
  11. Twistleton, Edward. ALS to Mary Lyell. 12 March 1873. 4 pp. On the evolution of languages over the centuries and Charles Lyell’s discussions of the mater. He declines the honor serving on the Memorial Committee for Professor Adam Sedgwick, as her did not know Sedgwick personally and is not a geologist.
  12. Twistleton, Edward. ALS to Charles Lyell. 10 June 1873. 4 pp. On the revolution in human knowledge, especially that man and the earth developed over millions of years, not the several thousand years described in the Bible.

Letters and manuscripts - "V"

  1. Voysey, Charles. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 31 March 1869. 10 pp. Voysey, a cleric, was charged in 1869 with heterodoxy for his multi-volume The Sling and the Stone. In this letter he thanks Lyell for his support of Voysey’s Defence Committee and discusses the facts of the case and his chances. Voysey was convicted, lost his benefice in 1871, and founded a theistic church.
  2. Voysey, Charles. ALS to Mary Lyell. 22 September 1872. 3 pp. Sending his book, The New Koran, and discussing his efforts to defend himself.

Letters and manuscripts - "W"

  1. Walrond, T. ALS to Mrs. Katherine Lyell. 18 March 1880. 4 pp. Concerning a search for a tutor in France, referred to as a Pasteur, with several recommendations.
  2. Whewell, William. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 16 February 1836. 3 pp. Whewell was a leading British polymath philosopher-scientist. His efforts ultimately led to thousands of volunteers internationally studying ocean tides, one of the first citizen science projects. This work resulted in a global chart of tides being published in 1836. He received the Royal Medal for this work in 1837. Discussing various scientific matters, especially addressing at great length his researches into ocean tides
  3. White, Joseph Blanco. ALS to Charles Lyell. 19 February 1828. 3 pp. The Spanish theologian and poet discusses at great length the impact of Dante on Spanish literature and analyzes several poems. Charles Lyell, botanist and father of the geologist, was a noted Dante scholar.
  4. White, Joseph Blanco. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 19 September 1828. 2 pp. Discussing his new position as an editor, his publication of Lyell’s father’s work on Dante, and his desire for support from the Lyells and their friends in his endeavors. He also solicits an article from Lyell replying to Granville Penn’s recent Conversations on Geology.
  5. White, Joseph Blanco. ALS to Mrs. Carrick Moore. 16 July 1836. 3 pp. A lengthy personal letter on his health, friendships, and financial concerns, to the wife of surgeon James Carrick Moore, associate of Edward Jenner and authority on smallpox.
  6. White, Joseph Blanco. ALS [to the Rev. J. H. Thorn]. 7 June 1839. 2 pp. Sending two flutes and an essay he has written on Shakespeare.
  7. White, Joseph Blanco. ALS to Julia Moore. n.d. 2 pp. Inviting her to a sermon he is preaching.
  8. Wilberforce, Samuel. ALS to Sir Charles Lyell. 8 February 1850. 1 p. Bishop Wilberforce is famous as Darwin’s antagonist in the aftermath of the publication of On the Origin of Species. Accepting Lyell’s proposal of “being associated with the eminent men who form free council for 1850.”

Portraits

  1. Ainger, Alfred. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ½ in
  2. Alison, Archibald. Engraving by Walker after Raeburn.
  3. Barnett, Samuel A. Albumen print. 4 x 6 in.
  4. Beecher, Henry Ward. Engraving by Pound after a photograph by Whipple & Black.
  5. Bentham, Jeremy. Albumen print after painting by Pickersgill. 4 x 5 ½., printed mount.
  6. Bentham, Jeremy. Engraving by Freeman after Worthington.
  7. Bentham, Jeremy. Engraving by Thomson after Derby.
  8. Brooke, Stopford A. Albumen print. 4 x 6 in.
  9. Colenso, John W. Albumen print. 6 x 8 in.
  10. Chalmers, Thomas. Engraving by Robinson after Duncan.
  11. Channing, William Ellery. Engraving by Cheney after Allston.
  12. Dawes, Richard. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  13. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Albumen print. 4 x 6 in.
  14. Farrar, Frederic. Albumen print. 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in.
  15. Grimm. Jacob. Albumen print [by Siegmund Friedlaender]. 3 ½ x 4 ½ in., oval.
  16. Grimm, Wilhelm. Albumen print [by Siegmund Friedlaender]. 3 ½ x 4 ½ in., oval.
  17. Hamilton, William. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  18. Hamilton, William. Engraving by Armytage after Archer.
  19. Hansard, Septimus. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ½ in.
  20. Jamieson, John. Engraving by Hay after Watson.
  21. Jones, Harry. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  22. Jowett, Benjamin. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ¾ in.
  23. Kingsley, Charles. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ¾ in.
  24. Lightfoot, J. B. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  25. Martineau, James. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  26. Maurice, Frederick. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  27. Maurice, Frederick. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  28. Mill, John Stuart. Engraving, unsigned.
  29. Milman, H. H. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ¼ in., arch top.
  30. Milman, H. H. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  31. Moncreiff-Wellwood, Henry. Engraving by Freeman after Raeburn.
  32. Müller, Max. Albumen print. 4 x 6 in.
  33. Newman, John Henry, Cardinal. Albumen print. 7 x 9 ¾ in.
  34. Newman, Francis W. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ¾ in.
  35. Parker, Theodore. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  36. Parker, Theodore. Albumen print. 3 ½ x 5 ½ in. cabinet card mount.
  37. Parr, Samuel. Engraving by Cochran after Chisholm. 1834
  38. Pillans, James. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  39. Ram Mohan Roy, Raja. Engraving by Adlard after Briggs.
  40. Roget, Pierre. Lithograph by Day and Haghe.
  41. Smith, Sydney. Engraving by Freeman after Wright.
  42. Spedding, James. Albumen print. 8 x 10 in., damaged, arch top.
  43. Spencer, Herbert. Albumen print by Elliott and Fry. 4 x 5 ¾ in. Cabinet card mount.
  44. Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn. Albumen print. 4 x 5 ½ in.
  45. Stanley, Edward. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  46. Sterling, John. Engraving by Brown after Delacour.
  47. Sumner, John Bird. Photograph, process unidentified. 4 x 5 ¾ in.
  48. Tait, Archibald Campbell. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  49. Tait, Archibald Campbell. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in. Carte-de-visite mount.
  50. Tayler, John James. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  51. Thirlwall, Connop. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  52. Thomson, Thomas. Albumen print. 3 x 4 in.
  53. Thomson, Thomas. Engraving by Bell after Schmid.
  54. Twistleton, Edward. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  55. Voysey, Charles. Albumen print. 2 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
  56. White, Joseph Blanco. Engraving by Lewis after Behnes
  57. Wilberforce, Samuel. Albumen print. 4 x 6 in. Cabinet card mount.

Dates

  • Creation: 1805-1899

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 album ; 380 x 270 mm

Arrangement

The letters and portraits are not arranged alphabetically or chronologically in the album.

Custodial History

Leonard Lyell's signature is on the inside front cover.

Creator

Subject

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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