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Letters concerning George Harris' A Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man, 1873-1877
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Series 1. Barclay, Hugh, 1799-1884, Mr. Sheriff


Letter #143 1876


judge, sheriff-substitute of Dunblane and Perthshire, author of legal works

Series 2. Beddoe, John, 1826-1911, Dr.


Letter #52 1875


physician and anthropologist, author

Series 3. Blake, Charles Carter, 1840-1897, Dr.


Letters #134, 134a, 135-138 1873-1875

Scope and Content Note

the first page of letter #138 seems to be missing


Lecturer on Comparative Anatomy and Zoology, Westminster Hospital

Series 4. Bloxam, John Rouse, 1807-1891, Rev. Dr.


Letters #35-37, 42 1875-1876

Scope and Content Note

in letters #35-37 Rev. Bloxam serves as an intermediary between Cardinal Newman and Mr. Harris; letter #42 is more directly personal, thanking Mr. Harris for the gift of his 2-vol. "Treatise on Man"


Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Doctor of Divinity

Series 5. Bogouschevsky, Nicolas Casimir de, Baron


Letters #146-152 1877-1878

Scope and Content Note

letters in English, written from Pskof, Russia


Russian landholder

Series 6. Bray, Charles, 1811-1884, Mr.


Letters #144-145 1876


a freethinker and social reformer interested in phrenology, mesmerism and spiritualism

Series 7. Chaplain of Hanwell Lunatic Asylum (William Grey?)


Letter #139 1874


the letter's signature is hard to decipher - it might be William Grey; Harris quotes from the letter in his treatise but identifies the source only as "The chaplain of one of our largest lunatic asylums..."; in the handwritten contents list bound into the letters volume, the writer is listed as "the Chaplain of Hanwell Lunatic Asylum"

Series 8. Chapman, John, 1821-1894, Dr.


Letter #92-93 1874

Scope and Content Note

there is only one letter, which had two numbers assigned to it


physician and publisher, known for "editorship of the leading intellectual journal of the period, "The Westminster Review", his medical activities, and championing of radical causes"

Series 9. Clarke, Hyde, 1815-1895, Dr.


Letter #133 undated

Scope and Content Note

the letter has no salutation or date, so the first page might be missing


engineer, philologist, author, member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Series 10. Coleridge, Derwent, 1800-1883, Rev.


Letter #109 1875


Rector of Hanwell and Prebendary of St. Paul

Series 11. Cox, Edward William, 1809-1880, Mr. Serjeant


Letters #75-79 1872-1875


Serjeant-at-law, President of the Psychological Society

Series 12. Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882, Mr.


Letters #1-4 1874-1875

Scope and Content Note

letter #1 is listed in the handwritten contents list but seems to have been missing at the time the volume was bound: a folded blank sheet is included in its stead


naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection

Series 13. Galton, Francis, 1822-1911, Sir


Letters #42a, 43-47 1874-1876


biostatistician, human geneticist, eugenicist and author

Series 14. Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898, Rt. Hon.


Letters #33-34 1875-1876


British prime minister and author

Series 15. Huxley, Thomas Henry, 1825-1895, Prof.


Letters #8-10 1874-1875


biologist and science educationist

Series 16. Lubbock, John, 1834-1913, Sir


Letters #5-7 1875


English banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist

Series 17. Maudsley, Henry, 1835-1918, Dr.


Letters #67-72 1874-1876


medical psychologist and author

Series 18. Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890, Rev. Dr.


Letters #38-41 1875-1876

Scope and Content Note

letter #38 is addressed to John Bloxam; the others are addressed to Harris


Anglican theologian who converted to Catholicism and was named a cardinal; author

Series 19. Plumptre, Charles John, 1818-1887, Prof.


Letters #94-107 1874-1876

Scope and Content Note

the numbers have been assigned to the letters somewhat erratically


barrister and writer, edited two volumes of "The County Courts' Chronicle (1860–61)" with George Harris

Series 20. Quatrefages, A. de (Armand), 1810-1892, Prof.


Letters #64-66 1874-1876

Scope and Content Note

letters in French, sent from Paris


Jean Louis Armand de Quatrefages de Bréau, physician, professor of natural history, member of the French Academy of Sciences

Series 21. Richardson, Benjamin Ward, Sir, 1828-1896, Dr.


Letters #11-32, 32a, 32b, 32c 1873-1875

Scope and Content Note

includes some paragraphs of Harris' original printed proofs, with annotations


British physician, physiologist, sanitarian and writer on medical history

Series 22. Rogers, Charles (1825-1890), Rev.


Letter #142 1876


Church of Scotland minister and historian

Series 23. Sainte Croix, Le Roy de


Letters #114-121 undated-1877

Scope and Content Note

in French, sent from London


in his volumes, Harris refers to this correspondent as Le Roy; in the handwritten contents list bound with the letters he is referred to as Dr. de Sainte Croix (Paris); the signature is L. R. de Sainte Croix; there are records of an author by that name with the appropriate years of 1834-1882, whose books concern French history

Series 24. Seager, Charles (possibly 1808-1878), Prof.


Letters #140-141 1874-1875


orientalist, graduate of Magdalen College, converted to Catholicism, taught at Catholic University College, Kensington

Series 25. Smee, Alfred, 1818-1877, Mr.


Letters #48-51 1875


chemist and surgeon, MCRS

Series 26. Sopwith, Thomas, 1803–1879, Mr.


Letters #53-63 1874-1875


surveyor and civil engineer, fellow of the Royal Society

Series 27. Tagore, Ganendro Mohun, 1826 – 1890, Mr.


Letters #122-132 1874-1875


first Asian to be called to the English bar, 1862, professor of Hindu Law, University College, London

Series 28. Vaughan, Charles John, 1816-1897, Rev. Dr.


Letter #108 1874


headmaster of Harrow School, Master of the Temple, headmaster and dean of Llandaff

Series 29. Wake, C. Staniland (Charles Staniland), 1835-1910 , Mr.


Letters #80-91 1874-1875


anthropologist, author

Series 30. Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913, Mr.


Letters #73-74 1874


naturalist and evolutionary theorist

Series 31. Wood, J. G. (John George), 1827-1889, Rev.


Letters #110-113 1874-1876


natural historian and microscopist