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Autobiographical Notes of James Legge, and of his Wife, Hannah Mary Legge


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Autobiographical notes of James Legge, Professor of Chinese at Oxford University, comprising:
  1. an incomplete manuscript, which covers the early part of Legge's life up to 1840, entitled 'notes on my life', 1896
  2. a transcript copy of 'Reminiscences' of James Legge, describing various incidents while in China between 1839 and 1863, early 20th century
  3. 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.


  • late 19th-early 20th cent.


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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 812].
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MSS. Eng. misc. c. 812, d. 996, d. 1230

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13075

Biographical / Historical

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.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

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.
Autobiographical Notes of James Legge, and of his Wife, Hannah Mary Legge
Susan Thomas
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom