Item 354 - Incomplete letter from Charles Philips Trevelyan to his parents

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TRER/46/354

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Incomplete letter from Charles Philips Trevelyan to his parents

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  • [Jun 1894] (Creation)

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[Beginning of letter missing]. - About an unknown individual, says 'The detail of reform floors him. It brings out his distrust of any judgment but that of himself & his class'. A bonfire was lit for St. John's Eve [23 Jun] 'on the Kippel [?]... seen no doubt by chill spirits of the mountain perched on the Jung Frau'. So far they have met only one acquaintance, 'an insipid feeble Trinity man', going up the Kippel today 'in boots that may have been patent leathern', with two ladies 'in their Sunday best, who shrieked' when Charles told them they might have to go through over ankle-height snow; did not mention the risk of the reflected sun to their 'pretty untanned skin'.

The journey from Vevey the day before yesterday went well; they travelled by boat to Villeneuve, passing Clarens and Chillon and 'getting more in love with the Lake [Geneva/Léman] than ever'. The Rhone valley was as 'dull as can be', the only remarkable things being a 'beautiful waterfall', he thinks near St. Maurice, and 'a queer sanctum of some monkish order nestling in an almost inaccessible rock'.

Everything is better than expected - 'Bless the weather for it'. Is 'reading with delight' Meredith's Vittoria, [John?] Morley and Byron. Began Carlyle's Cromwell today: 'Ha! Ha! How about 7 volumes'. Soon there will be 'some difficulty' about Italy, since he is 'so determined to get well' that he will not 'go down and be roasted on Como, even if there are no mosquitoes', but Bob is 'bent on going'' there will have to be a compromise by which he crosses a pass with Bob but does not go much further, and lets Bob travel on for a couple of days by himself if he wants. All is however 'amicable' at the moment.

His parents should write to this place when they get this letter: he and Bob are staying at least until Wednesday. Further plans will follow in the next letter. After that will try and write alternately to his parents and George, so there will not be a need to send letters on to or from Skye [where George is going for a holiday]; asks them to send this on to George.

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See 46/32-33 for other letters from Charles and Robert's trio together to Europe.

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