Letter from Somerville to Murray, 7 Mar 1849

Author(s): Somerville, Mary


March 7. 1849
Somerville Mrs
Munich 7th March
Dear Mr Murray

I am in dispair to find
my MSS have not arrived, several
packets have been sent from time
to time so that I fear they must have
been lost, the last sheets of the second
volume with the [ates] would leave
Munich last Sunday so you ought to
receive them on Friday the 9th. I shall
begin to make a new copy but it will
take some time as two of the chapters
were entirely new and many additions
were made to the others - I do not
altogether give up hope that they may

yet arrive, but I shall be very
anxious till I hear from you againIt
is most inconvenient being at such a
distance and in a place where I have
not got the necessary books of reference for
as I do not read German the library
has been of little use to me, besides all the
best works on my subject are in English.
Tell Mr Pentland with many sincere
remembrances from us all, that I am truly
obliged to him and am happy that my
proof sheets are in such able hands.
We are grieved to hear of the distressing
state of anxiety Mrs Murray is in, it is a
severe trial, but I must not without hope
as the ship may have been disabled and

taken refuge on some coast when they would
have to refit, and might have no means
of sending intelligence of their safety; pray
let us know when you hear what has happened.

A letter takes five days of going from
Munich to London, so that one can hardly
expet an answer in less than eleven or
twelve days which is very long, however
I think you will let me know immediately
of any of the [hussing] sheets should arrive

I have only seen the first Chapter of Mr
Macauleys history which is so admirable
that I do not wonder at the great sale of
the book. The history of that period ever [¿]
wanted and no one could have done it
so well.- I have had two letters from
Lord Brougham lately giving me an account
of some clever experiments he has been making
on light, but they were finished before Lola

took possession of his heart, how [excentrice] he is &
how clever - We have had a beautiful winter &
have all been well except my eldest daughter who
had a severe illness from which she has now
completely recovered. Even in Italy I never saw a
John Murray Esquire
Albemarle Street

bluer sky or brighter stars than at Munich.
With kind wishes to Mrs Murray believe
me most truly yours Mary Somerville


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Letter from Somerville to Murray, 7 Mar 1849

Document Information

Document ID 198
Title Letter from Somerville to Murray, 7 Mar 1849
Year group 1800-1850
Genre Personal writing
Year of publication 1849
Place of publication Munich, Germany
Wordcount 455

Author information: Somerville, Mary

Author ID 249
Forenames Mary
Surname Somerville
Gender Female
Year of birth 1780
Place of birth Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Occupation Author, mathematician
Father's occupation Military
Locations where resident London, Italy
Other languages spoken Latin, French