Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Shorthouse mss., 1884-1897, consist of the letters of Joseph Henry Shorthouse, 1834-1903, author, to John Dowden, bishop of Edinburgh, 1840-1910, and to William Showell Rogers, 1855?-1899, solicitor.

To Dowden, Shorthouse wrote concerning Wordsworth and philosophy. He was convinced that Platonism affords a perfect scientific basis for Christianity.

To Rogers, Shorthouse extended his thanks for the verses that Rogers sent to him, mentioned the private edition and reviews of John Inglesant, offered his favorable opinion of Mrs. Molesworth's Carrots and of Charles Kinglsey, said that Mr. Gosse wanted to see proofs of his works, and emphasized that his own name was Joseph not John (his brother's name was John).

Collection size: 11 items

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