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A collection of nineteen autograph letters from Cardinal Manning to T.P. Kirkman, written between 1876-1880, bound in full morocco, title in gilt to spine, upper cover with title in between an onlaid Cardinal's hat device, gilt rule to edges, with gilt roll to inner edges, marbled endpapers. Ex-library with one small shelf number to reverse of front free marbled paper, otherwise no evidence. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, but otherwise very good, internally some light browning and wear, but generally fairly clean, one letter torn with loss, two envelopes tipped in at rear. Binding is by Fazakerley of Liverpool. A series of letters written by Cardinal Manning (1808-1892) to T[homas] P[enyngton] Kirkman (1806-1895), a mathematician and philosopher, best known for the 'fifteen schoolgirls problem', arranging fifteen young ladies in groups of three on each of seven days so that each young lady walks with every other one just once. Manning's first letter details his thoughts on Kirkman's book 'Philosophy Without Assumptions'; a letter dated later in the month invites Kirkman to visit Manning at the Archbishop's House in Westminster, with later letters detailing Manning's thoughts on Kirkman and his work. For further details on both Manning and Kirkman see the ODNB