J. - A Memoir of John Willis Clark

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Lightning Source Incorporated, Oct 6, 2008 - Literary Collections - 376 pages
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PREFACE SOME may think that this book should have fallen into the category of those that are privately printed, but the late Registrary had many friends-a rniIky-way of friends, as one of them wrote-and the publishers felt that it would appeal to a circle wider than that which privately rinted books usually reach. I have to thank many of as friends for assistance without their help this book could never have been put together. I have ventured to dedicate this Memoir to Mr. A. T. Bartholomew, whose aid in gathering together material and reducing it to order has immensely lightened my task. I have put his name on the dedication page, although, in my opinion, it should have been on the title page. Then I wish especially to thank Professor Henry Jackson, O.M., for his kindness in helping me throughout the last twelve months, by placing at my disposal his knowledge of J.s earlier years and his unsurpassed and amazingly accurate recollections of the sixties and seventies of the last century. S.s elder son, Mr. Edward Mellish Clark, has spared no pains in searching for material fo this Memoir, in verifying dates, and in many other ways. Lord Desart, Sir Harry WiIson, Mr. Lionel Cust, and Mr. A. C. Benson have all of them contributed recollections of 5. at diverse periods of his life, and I am grateful to them, and especially grateful to Mr. FYaIter Pollock, who has written a most informing chapter upon c J.s Love of the Theatre, a subject I am totally unable even to appreciate. Lady Bonham, the Provost of Kings College, and Dr. Guillemard have all given me much assistance and saved me from many a blunder by reading the proofs of the book whilst it was passing through the Press. TheVice-Provost of Eton, the Vice-Provost of Kings, Mr. TV, Austen Leigh, Mr. G. E. Wherry, F.R.C.S., Mr, G. B. Tatham, Mr. R. Bowes, and Mr. Mdis, the Secretary of the University Library, have helped me in many ways. The names of those who have been kind enough to lend me letters are too numerous to mention-I am grateful to them all. Lastly, I have to thank Mr. G. CV. Webb of the University Library for the care he has bestowed on the Index, and Mrs. Dew-Smith for giving me leave to include the photograph of J, taken by her husband. I have added to the Memoir proper, a couple of perhaps rather technical Appendices. The first deals with J. as Superintendent of the Museum of Zoology, the second with his work as Secretary to the Museums and Lecture Rooms Syndicate. This latter Appendix I have continued up till midnight of the 31st of December 1912, when the Syndicate ceased to exist, and this continuation I have written of set purpose, So far as I know, since lSSG, when J. published the ArchilecturaJ Hidory of th University of Camhidge, no one has put together a record of the vast growth of our Science Schools, a growth which hns been made possible only by the generous, and at times most unselfish co-operation, of those whose lives are dedicated to what are sometimes called the older studies...

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