A.L.s., from Thurlby Hall

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Discusses the building of the Fitzwilliam Museum and alludes to the lack of cultured people involved in the schemes for such a building. Asks after information regarding mutual acquaintances and a paper of his which Herschell was due to read to the Royal Society. Gives information about acquaintances he has seen recently. Also offers views on the division inherent within British society between the aristocracy, the gentry and the populace who he describes as 'either barely venal, or ... democratic and insubordinate in their principles.' Prophesises a famine in the winter and warns JWW to prepare himself for a religious shake up of the College.

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