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Papers of James Legge


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Correspondence and book reviews of James Legge, correspondence of his wife, Hannah, and a journal belonging to her mother, 1859-97.


  • Creation: 1859-1897


0.16 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7124, fols. 1-2.]

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7124; Eng. misc. f. 864

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15191


Correspondence, book reviews and a journal, 1859-1897.

Biographical / Historical

James Legge (1815-97) was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and King's College, Aberdeen. He extended his studies at the theological college in Highbury, London, and in 1839 he was appointed by the London Missionary Society, to the Chinese mission at Malacca. He was actively involved in missionary work in Malacca, China and Hong Kong from that time, until 1873. He was appointed the first Professor of Chinese at the University of Oxford in 1875, and held this position until his death in 1897.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, 1971.

Related Materials

A description of Legge's papers, including lectures and working notes, can be found in M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975 (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 45112-30.

Catalogue of papers of James Legge, 1859-97
Finding aid prepared by C. Parker
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