WOODWARDIAN

[ Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford, publisher to the University of Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Humphrey S. Milford') to George Ravensworth Hughes, son of Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge, regarding his wedding.

Author: 
Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford (1877-1952), publisher to the University of Oxford [ George Ravensworth Hughes (1888-1983), son of Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), Cambridge geologist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Oxford University Press, Amen Corner, London. 12 March 1917.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition, lightly aged. Had he known that Hughes's wedding was 'coming off so soon' he would have been 'in time with a little gift'. As it is, he asks him to choose for himself, 'with the aid of your wife': 'Are you and she sick of the Oxford Books of Verse? Is Shakspeare's England too weighty (avoirdupois) for war-time establishments?

[ Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University. ] Seven Autograph Letters Signed (all 'T McKenny Hughes') to his mother, filled with Cambridge University news, including an account of the vote on the Sedgwick Museum.

Author: 
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917 [ Margaret Hughes, née McKenny, daughter of Sir Thomas McKenny, Lord Mayor of Dublin ]
Publication details: 
Between 3 March 1893 and 22 May 1898. All seven from 18 Hills Road, Cambridge (five on letterheads).
£400.00

The seven letters total 34pp., 12mo. In good condition, on aged and worn paper. Subjects include: his 'tremendous victory' over 'the building of the new geological museum'; a party celebrating the 25th anniversary of his appointment as Woodwardian Professor, 1898 ; Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, London 1897; various college heads and university figures; Gladstone and Home Rule; the Welsh Suspensory Bill; family news. ONE: 3 March 1893.

[ Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T McKenny Hughes') to his mother, from New Mexico, while attending the 1891 International Geological Congress, with description of 'natives'.

Author: 
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917 [ Margaret Hughes, née McKenny, daughter of Sir Thomas McKenny, Lord Mayor of Dublin ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the San Felipe Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 23 September 1891.
£125.00

Hughes's mother Margaret - wife of Rev. Joshua Hughes (1807-1889) - was the daughter of Sir Thomas McKenny (1832-1917), Lord Mayor of Dublin. According to his entry in the Oxford DNB, Hughes and his wife 'attended the International Geological Congress of 1891 in the USA, where they were part of a small group which visited the national parks of North America, including the Grand Canyon, into which descent was made from the north rim. Much of the journey was made on horseback, through territory still under Native American occupation.' 2pp., 8vo. In ink and pencil.

[ Thomas McKenny Hughes, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University. ] Six issues of a humorous juvenile manuscript periodical by a family member, titled 'The Hillclere Gazette', with several articles on the Sedgwick Museum.

Author: 
Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917), FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917
Publication details: 
Cambridge. 10 and 21 September and 25 December 1899. 2 and 12 and 20 January 1900.
£380.00

Thomas McKenny Hughes was the son of Rev. Joshua Hughes and his wife Margaret, daughter and of Sir Thomas McKenny, Lord Mayor of Dublin. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1853 (B.A., 1857), and joined the Geological Survey in 1861. He was Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1889. He was the prime mover behind the creation of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. In November 1882 he married Mary Caroline Weston, daughter of Canon G. F. Weston.

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