ALS ('E. Meyrick Goulburn') from Rev. Edward Meyrick Goulburn, Dean of Norwich, to Rev. Dr Adam Sedgwick, FRS, Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge, regarding improvements to the canonry, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Edward Meyrick Goulburn (1818-1897), Dean of Norwich from 1866 to his death, and Headmaster of Rugby, 1849-1857 [Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873); St Catharine's College, Cambridge]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Deanery, Norwich. 9 January 1873.
SKU: 11871

4pp., 12mo. 51 lines of text. Bifolium. On aged paper. The context is explained by the fact that until 1927 one canonry in the cathedral establishment of Norwich was attached to the Mastership of St. Catharine's College. The letter begins: 'I have requested the Master of Catherine [sic] [Charles Kirkby Robinson] to read you two letters from Canon Nisbet, which will show you how very litle prospect there is of our getting permission from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to spend any part of the money gained by our sale of the Barracks in the improvement of our Canonry Houses. This creates an embarrassment; for the question arises how we shall raise the money required for the purchase of the remainder of Mrs. Morse's lease, unless we come upon the Barrack money.' Goulburn now describes how he and 'Heaviside' have pressed the Master to determine 'whether he will take Mrs. Morse's house; for, if he declines to do so, that will make the question still more embarrassing, since in that case the £500 set apart for the removal of his present House and the making good the cloister, will of course not be available. And I have further expressed the hope that he will be able to see his way to a move, on the public grounds of freeing our beautiful Cloister from its present disfigurement. | As soon as he has made up his mind, I shall crave your kind permission to call a Chapter at your rooms.' He thanks him for his 'most interesting (and, if I may so say, edifying) Preface to the Catalogue, - made doubly or trebly valuable by your kind inscription therein. I cannot say how highly I value the possession of such a document.' He will send 'the Bishop of Derry's Sermon': 'He could not have said any thing wh. wd. tell more in a place like this, where you are so much revered and loved.' He complains of his duties '(as Editor) to correct the press of these Sermons; and if another man's proofs always give one a little trouble, much more do an Irishman's. And my good friend, tho' very brilliant as an orator, is very Hibernian.'