Van Sinderen (Alfred White) collection of Charles Babbage
Correspondence of Charles Babbage, writings by Babbage, and other related papers collected by Alfred White Van Sinderen. Correspondence, circa 1810-1864 and undated, consists of autograph letters, signed, most from Babbage to colleagues, friends, and others; also present are a few letters to Babbage and third party letters. Correspondents include Alexander Dallas Bache; Michael Faraday; William Henry Fitton; Benjamin Hawes; Ada King, Countess of Lovelace; and Peter Mark Roget. Writings by Babbage include a untitled poem, autograph manuscript, circa 1817-1820, about Babbage’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain an academic appointment; “To the Electors of Finsbury,” 1832 November 12, printed proof, about Babbage’s views during the Parliamentary election; and an autograph manuscript account book, 1810-1827. Most correspondence and writings are accompanied by typed transcripts and notes by Van Sinderen. Other papers include additional notes by Van Sinderen and vendor descriptions of books by Babbage.