Adam Sedgwick: Letters and Notes

Scope and Content

MS.Add.5100: Copies of letters, 19th century, 102 folios.

Copies of letters from Adam Sedgwick to Miss [ ] Duncan, 13 February 1861- 3 April 1871, and to Mrs [ ] Parker, 1 March 1860 and 24 January 1862 (fos 80-83). The copies are in three hands, the first that of Thomas McKenny Hughes. Fos 84-101 are blank.

MS.Add.5101: Miscellanea, 1864-1891, 148 folios.

A series of letters and notes regarding John Willis Clark and Thomas McKenny Hughes, Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick (Cambridge, 1890), in various hands.

Administrative / Biographical History

Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) was born in Dent, Yorkshire, on 22 March 1785, and educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1808), where he became a fellow in 1810. He was ordained in 1816, and was elected to the Woodwardian professorship of geology at Cambridge in 1818. Over the next fifty years Sedgwick lectured regularly and did much to promote the study of natural science in the university. He often spent his vacations carrying out fieldwork in Great Britain, and helped to increase the university's geological collections. He published many papers, and was active in the Geological Society, Royal Society and British Association. He also helped to found the Cambridge Philosophical Society. Sedgwick was involved in much university business and in Church affairs, becoming a canon of Norwich Cathedral in 1834. He died on 27 January 1873.

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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by John Willis Clark, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library also hold letters and papers of Adam Sedgwick, MS.Add.7652.


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