Max Muller to Josephine Butler

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Photocopy of letter. Written from Oxford. Enjoying his confinement to his room for a week on doctor's orders as he can work undisturbed. He pities his friend Mr Thomson who is miserable with a relapse, but has asked him to write an article on Indian Logic for the 3rd Edition of his 'Laws of Thought'

Administrative / Biographical History

'... he [William Thomson] asks me to write him an article on Indian logic for his 3rd edition of his 'Laws of Thought' ...'

William Thomson (appointed 1862 Abp of York) was in 1840 a scholar and fellow of Queen's College, Oxford (MA 1844). In 1842 he published 'Outcomes of the Laws of Thought' which brought him his earliest reputation. He remained at Oxford (Lecturer tutor 1835 provost of Queen's College) until 1861 when he was appointed Bp of Gloucester and Bristol

With regard to 'Laws of Thought' 'The merits of the treatise brought him into communication with many authorities on the subject ... from these and especially from Sir William Hamilton, Thomson received many suggestions which induced him to make considerable alterations in the later editions of his work' (DNB)

Muller's home was at Oxford from 1848

3rd ed of 'Laws of Thought' was 1855

The date of this letter would be a year or two before that

Biog: Frederick Maximilian Muller (1823-1900) (known as Max Muller); William Thomson (later Abp of York)