Autobiographical Notes of James Legge, and of his Wife, Hannah Mary Legge
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.
- late 19th-early 20th cent.
Language of Materials
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A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.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.
- Autobiographical Notes of James Legge, and of his Wife, Hannah Mary Legge
- Susan Thomas
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