Letters

Scope and Content

Adolphus William Ward (1937-1924), historian, Principal and professor of history at Owens College; Tait's undergraduate tutor.

/1 31 Jul [1881], discusses whether Tait should study literature or history, feels he has abilities to teach in both, and suggests Victoria University honours degree; outlines options as regards future carer options, warns him not to regard literature as a "supplementary income"; also warns that currently not many professorships or lectureships available in history or literature.

/2 8 Sep [1881], discusses possibility of Tait entering for Honours, would give him "great pleasure" if entered for history honours, queries whether he can afford two years to do so.

/2 16 Jul 1887, long letter concerning Tait's appointment as assistant lecturer at Owens College; terms and conditions; outlines Tait's teaching duties for the 1887/8 session, which include ancient history, English history including some European during reigns of Elizabeth and James I, and "Elementary English history", and confirms Tait will take tutorial class in normal circumstances and be responsible for history teaching for the Department for Women.

/4 21 Feb 1891[?], encloses information on his position at Owens which hopes acceptable; praises his work at Owens.

/5 19 Aug 1892, library of E A Freeman presented to Owens College, asks if he could prepare a catalogue of it.

/6 31 Aug 1892, pleased he will undertake the Freeman library commission, work of History department will be "greatly facilitated" by the catalogue; gives advice on how it should be catalogued.

/7 12 Oct 1893, encloses a cheque for the Freeman catalogue.

/8 5 Feb 1914, read MG report of event in honour with satisfaction, and praises Tait's contributions"You have always held by the real purpose of historical study...".

/9 7 Jan 1918, praises a recent Chetham Society publication [Tait's Lancashire Quarter Session records].