KING, Joshua. 14804



Autograph Letter Signed, to Professor Whewell at Trinity, introducing the bearer of the letter, Langdon of Peterhouse, who needs Whewell’s signature in order to proceed to ordination. 1 page 9 x 6 inches, in good condition. Queens College Cambridge, 26 March 1830. Joshua King (1798-1857), Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1839 to 1849. His reputation in Cambridge was immense. It was believed that nothing less than a Second Newton had appeared. They expected his work as a mathematician to make an epoch in the science. At an early age he became President of Queens’; later, he was Lucasian Professor. He published nothing; in fact, he did no mathematical work. But as long as he kept his health, he was an active and prominent figure in Cambridge, and he maintained his enormous reputation. When he died, it was felt that the memory of such an extraordinary man should not be permitted to die out, and his papers should be published. So his papers were examined, and nothing whatever worth publishing was found.