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General correspondence, 1834-1837, 1855-1868, 1937

MS. Murray 1/1

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  1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1834-1837, includes: 1 letter from lexicographer, Revd Dr John Jamieson, Edinburgh, to Revd Dr Aitken Minto, on the etymology of "Minto", 18 Feb 1834; 1 letter from John Sinclair[?] to William Scott, Hawick, County of Roxburgh, 10 May 1937.
  2. Folder 2. Correspondence 1855-1859, includes: letter from Ada Agnes Ruthven (later Murray's second wife) to her grandmother, 18 Sep 1855; letters relating to meetings of the Philological Society, and draft agreements and letters relating to the prospective publication of the Philological Society’s new English Dictionary, 1857-1859. Names in folder include: Frederick James Furnivall and Herbert Coleridge acting for the Society; R.C. Trench; John Murray; A. Asher & Co.; Messrs Trübner & Co.; David Nutt.
  3. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1860-1865, includes: letters addressed both to James Murray and to others. Some names included in folder: Dr Goldstücker and Stephen Austin; F.J. [Frederick James] Furnivall; James Duncan of Denholm; G. Garibaldi [Italian]; Florence Nightingale with a correction to a plan of a hospital; Arch[?] Guthrie of the Geological Survey; R. [Robert] Chambers; J. Douglas; A. Asher & Co.; Henry McLachlan; Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China offering Murray a post at £130; William Munro; A. Cuthbertson; Walter Skeat with comments on the concise dictionary [photocopy only].
  4. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1866, mostly includes letters addressed to F. [Friedrich] Max Müller, Professor of Languages, on philological and etymological matters and one letter to Murray from Alex Melville Bell.
  5. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1867, some names included in folder: E. Murray, sister of James Murray; Walter Skeat; Sir Walter Elliott; G. Ruthven; Robert Giffen; Miss Marion Ruthven, cousin of Ada Ruthven. Folder also includes press cuttings with two letters from Max Müller and others responding to them on the etymology of 'church'.
  6. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1868, some names included in folder: John Young; R. Giffen; F.J. [Frederick James] Furnivall; H.H. Burrow; J. de Liefde[?]; Richard Morris; Alexander J. Ellis; Alex Michie; J. Earle; Walter Elliot; Henry B. Wheatley; James Parlane; Richard Ruthven; William Barnes (poet); F. Max Müller; J.C.[?] Atkinson, A. Dellaway.


  • 1834-1837, 1855-1868, 1937


1 box (6 folders)


MS. Murray 1/1

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