A Scotswoman Abroad: Mary Somerville’s 1817 Visit to France

  • Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 110)


“One summer”, recounts the eighty-nine-year-old Mary in her Personal Recollections, “Somerville proposed to make a tour in Switzerland and so we set off...”.1 In the eighteen pages which follow this casual and matter-of-fact statement, she surveys her initial sojourn abroad, devoting the first third of her narrative to events and personages2 she encountered during her short stay in France.


French Philosopher Paris Observatory Bodleian Library Personal Recollection Gothic Cathedral 
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