BABBAGE, Charles. 18228



Autograph Letter Signed ‘C.Babbage’, to Mrs. Robinson, leaving for her a copy of “the work of Newman on the Soul”, saying he likes “some of the doctrines and also the author”. 2 pp. 3 x 4 inches, in good condition, with the integral blank leaf. Dorset Street, 15 January 1858. “Some [of the doctrines] I do not understand or perhaps they cannot be understood but only felt. If this is the case they must be a kind of modified inspiration.” Entirely in the hand of Charles Babbage (1792-1871), mathematician, inventor of the calculating machine still preserved in the Science Museum, London. The reference is probably to ‘The Soul, Her Sorrows & Aspirations’ (1849), by Francis William Newman (1805-1897), scholar and writer, younger brother of Cardinal Newman.