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WM. SHORE SMITH

[Southampton]
[Sept. 1846]
All hands here axe at work on the Scientifics, all eyes fixed on the 2
Princel or on the President ' all legs engaged in running from Section to Section to see a cock on a dunghill (no personal allusion is here intended to the Rev. Prof. Whewel13) a crow on a tree, which bird Sir J. Hersche14 strikingly resembles; Sir Roderick Murchison is laying on the butter and humbug thick; the poetic parcel '(I mean Monckton MilnesT divided his time unequally between Sleep and Science - Sleep, she thinks, had it; political joke of game of chess between Palmerston and Monckton Milnes; 'Our brain-pans are so much enlarged, that we've been obliged to have new bonnets'; Jack is here, but very lame; Nichol's5 ingenious reasoning that the formation of suns is going on now is upset; discusses basis of astronomical theories; Shore is now too old for his name to be put down for Woolwich; sends her best love to Fan.
16p B.M. Add.MSS.46176.f.32
1. Albert.
2. Sir Roderick Murchison.
3. Professor William Whewell (1794-1866), F.R.S., Master of Trinity College, Cambridge; Mineralogist and mathematician; Fellow of the Geological Society.
4. Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) F.R.S. astronomer.
5. John Pringle Nichol (1804-1859) Astronomer; Regius Professor of Astronomy at Glasgow, 1836; wrote Phenomena of the solar system, 1838, 1844, 1847; System of the World, 1846 etc.; in his Planetary system, 1848, 1850 he suggested photography might be used in the study of sun spots.

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