Autobiographical notes of James Legge, Professor of Chinese at Oxford University, and his wife, Hannah Mary Legge

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Autobiographical notes of James Legge, Professor of Chinese at Oxford University, comprising:

  • an incomplete manuscript, which covers the early part of Legge's life up to 1840, entitled 'notes on my life', 1896
  • a transcript copy of 'Reminiscences' of James Legge, describing various incidents while in China between 1839 and 1863, early 20th century
  • a typescript copy of notes by Hannah Mary Legge, James Legge's second wife, of a voyage to Hong Kong and visit to Canton, 1859-60, early 20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Legge (1815-97) was the first professor of Chinese at Oxford, 1876-97; he was also a missionary and sinologist. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by Professor M.D. Legge in 1977.

Note

Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Material

See also related deposits of James Legge's papers MSS. Eng. misc. c. 863-5, d. 1252-65, e. 1377-81; and MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528; Eng. misc. e. 556.