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Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R.C. Trevelyan

Seatoller. - Expects Bob is enjoying himself abroad. Is having a good time at Seatoller with [Maurice?] Amos, [Ralph] Wedgwood and [George] Moore; Vaughan Williams left a few days ago; he and Wedgwood 'bathe in Cambridge pool every morning'; Amos and Wedgwood work hard for their triposes, while Moore chiefly reads "Jane Eyre" and other novels, and George 'all sorts of jolly books', none for his tripos. They are all getting on well, even better than at Stye since there is not the 'slight distance between Moore and Wedgwood'. They go up the mountains in the afternoon; he and Moore, as 'the Wordsworthians of the party' went over to Grasmere and Rydal; describes Dove Cottage, de Quincey's extension to it, and S.T.C. [Samuel Taylor Coleridge]'s house. Declares that there were 'men in England then', also naming Scott, Shelley, Byron and Keats. George got his scholarship; does not seem fair that Wedgwood has not, while they give one to someone like Charlie Buxton 'of very ordinary ability' in their first year; thinks this is 'bolstering up classics'. It is however a sign that the college is doing 'their duty to history' that there is now an entrance scholarship for it. Is glad at a personal level that Buxton has a scholarship: he and George will have plenty of money to go abroad in the long vacation now. Elliott has not got a scholarship, but is spoken of as 'certain' next year. Had a nice letter from Bowen; German measles is active in [Grove] house. Asks Bob to write to him about the novel if he needs someone to discuss it with: he knows the plan and beginning, and will keep it secret. Wedgwood is a really good rock climber. Notes in postscript that he will be seeing Moore's brother [Thomas] in London again next week, so Bob should write there.

Letter from Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

K[ing's] c[ollege] c[ambridge]. - Would like to visit, but is unsure of his sisters' plans (May has mild influenza). Hears that Bob has returned from Italy; has received his "Poems and Fables" and is glad to see them in print. Békássy's poems have been published by Woolf [Hogarth Press, "Adriatica and other poems"]. Has not yet read "Sanditon" yet and will wait, as Bessie suggests. Has a paper by Békássy on Austen; he did not appreciate her.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven

The Mill House, Westcott, Dorking. - Met the 'old postman' on his way back from the station so got her letter early; tipped the postman a shilling last week so he did not mind handing it over, and probably 'knows the sort of person these constant Dutch letters come from' and sympathises with Bob's eagerness. Glad that her letter was so cheerful. If the legal papers are long delayed, expects he will be able to sign them in Holland; if it is just a matter of a few days will be better to wait and sign them here. Thinks she is right that the Flushing route is best to travel back on. Does not know which hotel his parents will stay at [in the Hague]; thinks his father mentioned this in the letter to her uncle; thinks he himself will stay at the Twee Stede. Needs to get a topper; if he gets one in the Hague this will save taking a hat box. His mother has knitted him a white tie; asks if this would do. If his father's letter does not decide her uncle against it, she must tell him that Bob is 'very strongly against it'; though he would give in if there turns out to be a reason such as her aunt wanting it. Aunt Annie [Philips]'s silver candlesticks have come and are 'very splendid'; Mr [Charles Augustus] Fitch, the Trevelyans' clergyman in Northumberland, 'has sent a very pretty little silver mustard pot'. Hopes that Madame Dolmetsch, who sometimes visits the Frys, will come to play the clavichord; Dolmetsch could get them the Bach clavichord music; Bob is sure Bessie could play it 'well enough to please [him]', anyway he looks on the clavichord 'more as a picture than as an instrument. The roses are coming up well. Thoughts about married happiness Glad she likes 'P. & P.' ["Pride and Prejudice"] which is 'great fun'. May go to Roundhurst for a night with the Frys if it is fine on Saturday; will probably go to London on Monday. Expects she will bring her bicycle over.

Letter from R. W. Chapman to R. B. McKerrow

The Clarendon Press, Oxford.—Advises what titles, etc., should be appended to his name (in the prospectus).

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The Clarendon Press, Oxford
25 Jan. 1924

My dear McKerrow

I have no decoration except plain Master of Arts and my official designation. If you think my edition of Jane Austen ‘qualifies’, by all means put it in. I think perhaps Clarendon Press had better not appear, though the Delegates will be glad that their benevolent attitude should be known indirectly.

Yours sincerely {1}
R. W. Chapman

R B McKerrow Esq

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{1} Indistinct.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Glad Miss Barthorp has recovered her luggage; there is nothing which causes more anxiety. Julian is a great comfort to him and Caroline; he plays games in 'a rational understanding way', is easily and satisfactorily amused, and goes on 'famous walks' with Sir George. On Sunday they went to the Roman Catholic chapel, and Julian was so interested by its 'humble beauties' that yesterday they went to the parish church. Asks if Elizabeth can ask Robert about Gustave Droz's "Babolain", which is said in 'William Johnson's admirable biography' to be as good as [Austen's] "Persuasion", [Charlotte Bronte's] "Villette, and [Scott's] "The Antiquary", and the London Library has it. Glad to think of Elizabeth and Robert at home.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - Thanks Elizabeth for her 'long interesting letter'; hopes she and Robert will now have some quiet weeks. Sir George has had an accident: the nails in his fishing boots made him slip down the doorstep, and he has hurt his elbow badly. At first it was just put in carbolic dressings, but they had to send for the doctor on Friday and Booa [Mary Prestwich] is now kept busy making poultices; the arm is in a sling and Sir George 'gets very low-spirited'. Thinks it is improved today; hopes in a few days it may be 'strapped up with plaister'; fortunately no injury to the bone. George enjoyed himself at Naworth; expects Charles will be back tomorrow. Will keep the list of things left at Gr[osvenor] Cr[escen]t; thinks Elizabeth is right not to take the silver, as Mrs Enticknap does not have time to look after it; always thinks it is a 'pity to give young married people silver' as often it is not suitable. Hoping to visit in October. They are reading some of [Austen's] "Emma" each evening, and have finished the third volume of Byron's letters. Has not got on fast with Santayana, as she has little time for reading, but thinks what she has read 'very interesting'. No shooting since Elizabeth left. Charlotte came to tea yesterday and was sorry to miss her, and the Daylishes [?] called on her last week. Very interesting for Elizabeth to see [Joseph?] Joachim; sounds like a pleasant excursion. Asks how her aunt and cousin Marie are. Tells her not to do 'too much stitching at [her] curtains and take a good walk every day'. Sent her a cream cheese yesterday. Supposes the manuscript came safely.

Letter from Bernard Darwin to R. C. Trevelyan

Printed notepaper, Trinity College Cambridge, written 'as from Newnham Grange'. - Thanks Bob for the 'delightful Xmas card (on a magnificent scale) of poetry' ["From the Shiffolds"]; Eily will also write separately with her thanks [see 17/178]. They are reading [Austen's] "Emma", and he feels 'rather like Frank Churchill' who says he 'cannot presume to praise' Mr Knightley, but does admire Bob's poems very much. Admires the start with a 'matter of fact line' like 'The other day I broke my spectacles' and the movement to 'lovely things about what the world looks like without them'; his own short-sightedness is not like that, but Eily will 'sympathise intensely'; also liked the poem about going into the woods. Had a 'delightful visit from Ursula & Philip' and a nice sighting of Julian, who 'seemed to think his show [at the Lefevre Gallery] was going quite well'; may be able to see it when he goes to London on Monday.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - They have got Mary Howey to 'make over the quilt' to them; is now sending it to Elizabeth as a present from himself; knows she thought it pretty and agrees. A 'very large party' are coming next week; he and George are going out to shoot game for them. Has calculated the location of [Austen's] 'Highbury', in "Emma" from the clues in the novel. They are reading one of Bernard Shaw's old novels, which he learned the names of in "Who's Who"; no-one else has them, for "even Mrs Shaw only got them as a wedding present from a friend who had bound them up when they came out"

Notebook with translations from Leopardi and Propertius, draft poems and other work

Lines from "Magpies" on inside cover. List of topics, many of which correspond to essays published in "Windfalls". Dialogue between Coryat [an figure often used by Trevelyan for autobiographical pieces] and G[oldie] L[owes] D[Dickinson]. Verse about Tuscan landscape. Notes for Trevelyan's translations of Horace. Comments on 'a bathe in November' and Trevelyan's friends' surprise; other short prose notes. Draft of "Trees". Notes on Browning. Notes for "Simple Pleasures". "Maxims (and reflexions)". "Poetry and Prose". List of 'Friends wives', some marked with x; perhaps notes for autobiographical piece.. "Daydreams". Notes on characters for "Imaginary Conversations".. Draft verse, 'I am the Genius/Guardian Spirit of this sleeping man'; prose dialogue between 'Man' and genius', also tried out as a conversation between Coryat and his spirit. Draft verse, 'As I was walking through a gloom filled wood' [version of "A Dream"].

Notebook also used from other end in: inside cover has quotation from E. M. Forster about being 'rooted in the past', note of Marcella Sembrich's name and a calculation of Jane Austen's age when writing her "History [of England]", as well as a list of topics or possible essays. Translations of Leopardi 40, 55, 75 and 11. Translation of Propertius IV.7. Trevelyan's "Two Imaginary Dialogues", between Horace and Tibullus and Horace and Maecenas. Dialogue between Coryat and 'Old Man', and between Coryat and 'G. D. [Goldie Dickinson?]. Readers' notes for Trevelyan's translations of Leopardi.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Appreciates Robert's letter very much; its analysis of the article in the "Daily News" [about Sir George's "American Revolution", see 12/189] 'went very much home': the writer was 'thinking of himself, and not of the book' since it is obvious that Sir George is most grateful to Fox for having 'suffered for, and almost invented, the democratic idea'. Sends some other articles; the Tory reviews are 'particularly jolly and friendly', and 'seem to like [Sir George] better for being a good party-man'. Discussion of minor misprints. Glad to have 'continuous good accounts of Elizabeth'; 'used to think a sentence in Jane Austen's "The Watsons," - about a suburban villa and a front drive - thoroughly characteristic of her'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent. - Glad that Robert agrees Elizabeth is getting stronger; glad that Robert approves of Arnold Bennett's play ["Milestones"] and is curious to see himself what 'so very remarkable a writer' makes of the drama. Spent some time yesterday writing letters to replace those which have probably gone down with the Titanic; hopes the disaster will 'put a stop to the idle, vulgar, foolish luxury of travel'; a ship should be 'well-found, neat, and scrupulously clean' but he suppose 'vulgar people' travel, by sea as they do on land, 'to get a sort of luxury which they cannot afford at home'; they have spoiled hotels and ship life.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - Glad Jan Hubrecht is visiting England; hopes he will see Cambridge and enjoy his time with Elizabeth and Robert; will be good for him after his illness. Is sending the Christmas present directly to the Mill House as [Mary] Prestwich does not have room in the hamper; there is also a pair of slippers which she has made. Hopes Elizabeth will use the purse [?] at once, in London and the Hague. Glad she is trying new ways to do her hair, and that her cough has gone. Expects Aunt Margaret [Holland] 'would be much amused by a "Dolmetsch"'; Caroline and Sir George are reading her book ["Life and letters of Zachary Macaulay"] with much interest; Zachary was 'rather boring ' but 'did a great work' and the life is well written and edited. Sir George is very glad Elizabeth likes "Persuasion"; he thinks 'the offer is the best in fiction'. Caroline is reading Mrs Humphry Ward's "Eleanor", whose novels always interest her though she feels 'critical about them'; Sir George 'cannot abide them'. Robert's sonnet is 'very pretty'; asks whether Elizabeth could get him to write one about the [Second Boer] war like William Watson, as he feels so strongly; thinks it would do good. Expects she has seen George's letter in the "Westminster" and Charlie's to the "Times"; Charlie has also making good speeches and getting his views known. Asks her to thank Robert for his letter about the portraits; there is no hurry as they will not be back till Easter, but thinks Sir George would sit if she urged him to. Glad Elizabeth's aunt is improving; her visit will cheer her.

Note from R. W. Chapman to R. B. McKerrow

The Clarendon Press, Oxford.—Comments on the text, and suggests alterations.

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The Clarendon Press, Oxford
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Part III I p. 4 dele ‘or even non-existent’? I see what you mean, but it is awkward.

p. 10 Johnson’s Letters printed (from his MSS) in 1788 and in 1791. The printer normalized nearly all J’s (not infrequent) odd spellings.

Jane Austen always wrote beleive, neice, and even veiw. Hardly any trace of such spellings survived in her novels, except that in the first edition of Mansfield Park (which is very badly printed) a few spellings occur such as teize, which is undoubtedly Janian.

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Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Has just heard by telephone about Mary [the birth of her and Charles's twins]; thinks that Miss Clarke [the governess] will bring the older children here in a few days. Booa [Mary Prestwich] is a little better and will be able to 'superintend' them, and he thinks Caroline will be happier to have them; she is still very weak after her illness, which she has not yet got rid of. A good article in the "Nation" last week on "The Bible and popular language and tradition" made him think of 'Julian and his Bible studies'. The 'Irish pieces' by Miss [Maria] Edgeworth are 'excellent'; reminds Rob of the pleasure she felt when Uncle Tom [Macaulay] complimented her in a footnote to the 6th chapter of his "History"; Macaulay used to say that the 'revelation of Lord Calambre' [in Edgeworth's "The Absentee"], like the return of Sir Thomas from Antigua in [Austen's] "Mansfield Park" were the true parallels to 'the discovery of Ulyssess to the suitors'; he also said the discovery of Tom Jones's parentage [in Fielding's novel] was the 'real parallel to the revelations in "Oedipus Tyrannus". Used to read Edgeworth's novels with 'great delight' when young, but cannot now; she wrote in 'more simple and elementary days'.

Letter from Elizabeth Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

1917 Club, 4 Gerrard Street, W.1. - Has just arrived from Welcombe, and is waiting for Bob. They will have two 'most momentous meetings' this afternoon at [Sir John] Withers': first, with Kenneth Cross present, deciding on the 'future of the Shiffolds'; then with Mr Whitlock, Mr Place, and Mr Watson to sign the sale contract of Welcombe, and also if possible to settle details of 'preferential treatment to tenants etc etc'. Hopes all goes well; had quite a time in Welcombe on Wednesday going through the inventory with Whitlock, and deciding what to keep; whenever she goes there she finds something new, this time some 'really fine old pewter plates' which she did not however reserve. As soon as Whitlock left Engelbert and Helen [Röntgen] arrived, and 'had to be shown round & everything explained. Engelbert had 'the greatest difficulty in grasping the situation' and thought the Trevelyans were 'mad to sell such beauty!'. She then had to go and 'sooth anxious minds' of Tinson, Hall [?], Florence and everyone else [staff at Welcombe?] who are of course all worrying about what will happen; it is 'very sad for the Tinsons', and she almost feels most for them. Expects Julian had a good time at Oare yesterday [visiting Mary Fletcher], since the weather 'suddenly cleared'; hopes he got onto the Downs. Asks him to let her know how he is getting on, and his address at Bath; tells him to 'look out for [Jane Austen's] Anne Elliot & her relations'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Looking forward to Robert's visit; glad to hear about Julian as 'there is nothing like Miss Austen for the first introduction to real literature'. Have had a 'real downpour' at last today, needed as the country was looking like a 'Sahara'. Has just finished [Plato's] "Euthydemus", "Protagoras" and "Gorgias", which seem to him easily the best of the 'normal' dialogues, setting the 'death dialogues' and "Symposium" in a 'class apart'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Thanks for the 'information about Ecology' and the account of Robert's talk with [Robert] Chapman regarding the Jane Austen emendations; thinks the reading of 'trio' for 'two' in a paragraph of "Northanger Abbey" might be Jackson's [actually Verrall's, see 12/191]. Encloses the Junior Bursar [of Trinity College, Cambridge]'s letter; likes to read of 'these hospitalities', and would like to be there 'in some one else's scarlet gown, with my own solitary Order'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Sorry that Julian missed his trip to London. Bessy will miss her niece [Emma? see 11/79] whom Aunt Annie has told them much about; very pleasant to have her news from the Shiffolds. Annie liked Forster; Sir George wishes he were writing more novels. More or less agrees with Robert about "Mansfield Park"; the 'last generation' of their family used to call it Austen's best; discusses its strengths and weaknesses. The new Oxford edition has finally adopted Macaulay's emendation to the first page of "Persuasion".

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Sends Robert and Elizabeth an extract from the Stratford paper; 'it was a difficult and critical matter, well and pleasantly settled'. Caroline is 'less well and strong'; he himself has 'more business and correspondence' than suits him, but thinks he has a 'certain toughness' which keeps him in better health than she enjoys. Thanks Robert for his [translation of Sophocles's] "Antigone"; has read the preface with interest. It is a 'tribute' to Jane Austen that he 'can neither accede to, or question' Robert and Elizabeth's view of "Persuasion" as her best. Much liked hearing about Julian, and looks forward to seeing them in January.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Writes to greet Robert and Elizabeth on their return home. Interested to hear about their host at Saxifield [?]. Agrees with Robert's appreciation of Baldwin's 'choice of men for such functions'. Approves Julian being 'introduced' to "Emma", "Bleak House", and "Barchester Towers". He himself is reading Gissing's 'two great books': "New Grub Street" and the "Nether World", which are tragic but very readable. Tells Robert to read the article marked with pencil in the ["Times] Literary Supplement", "The War on Science" [Harpur, Caldwell. "The War on Science," Times Literary Supplement" 1 Sept. 1927 p 590] which will make him 'sit up with surprise'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

Cortona. - Hopes that will reach Julian in time to give best wishes for the New Year; by then he will be in Naples, Pompeii, or perhaps Ravello already. Is staying in a 'plain rather ugly house built in 1767' near Cortona, which they visited last week 'in a blizzard', and saw 'a lot of fine old buildings, and some dull pictures', except for an 'enchanting' Fra Angelico. His friend [Umberto] Morra lives here alone, and is a 'very pleasant host'; they read Shakespeare together, sometimes Morra reads him Italian poetry. Has had a bad cold, but it has almost gone now. Goes to Naples tomorrow and hopes to see snow on Soracte [Monte Saratte]; quotes Horace in Latin. Asks Julian to tell his mother that her letter from Bedales has just reached him, and that he is glad she enjoyed her visit; Julian seems to have done well in the part of Snout [in "Midsummer Night's Dream"]. Hopes Jacobs has sent back [Donald] Tovey's music and that she has sent it on. Expects the Russells are now at the Shiffolds; jokingly [?] advises Julian to be on his guard against Russell, who is 'that dangerous thing, a philosopher'; Russell 'ought to have stuck to his mathematics, at which, they say, he was quite good. But philosophy never leads one anywhere in particular'. Tells Julian to be kind to Russell's children: not to put John to swim in the rain-tank 'at least not if you have to break the ice'; and not to 'lock up the girl [Kate] in the box-room for more than half an hour at a time'. If Russell 'becomes too superior', suggests Julian should 'bring out [Cicero's] "Pro Milone" and ask him to construe some not too difficult passage', or get him to name the mouths of the Nile; if he 'retaliates' by asking what Mr Elton's first name is in Jane Austen's "Emma", which Julian has not yet read, the answer is Philip. 'Nevertheless', sends Russell and his family love and best wishes for the New Year.

Letter from Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven to R. C. Trevelyan

10 Prinsegracht, the Hague. - Was 'utterly & completely relieved' by Bob's letter this morning; her uncle has been 'wrong & absurd in many ways', perhaps in different ways than Bob thinks, but it does not matter and they can discuss it and settle things when he comes. Her uncle is at Amsterdam and Utrecht today, so she is alone with her aunt at home. Would have been very disappointed if Bob's father had not come; says this will be her last letter on the subject; she may have been wrong in not showing Bob's mother's letter to her uncle at once, but does not think her own letter to Bob's father was wrong. Will ask her uncle where papers are sent, and if Bob can sign them here if there is a delay; would like him to come on Monday or Tuesday but can be 'magnanimously generous' if he needs to come a few days later. Would like to have seen Bob ordering the beds; asks if he found them at once, and about the mattress and pillows. Did not realise the Apostles' dinner was in London; better as it is nearer, so they can stay in a hotel for a night and go on afterwards. Is very glad to have seen and liked the clavichord at Dolmetsch's; is glad Trevelyan is pleased with the present, and it will be a 'precious thing to have', though it is rather comical that neither of them can play it. Tells Bob to bring over a 'nice hat' and 'clean overcoat', as well as his evening suit. Explains her preference for travelling to England via Flushing [Vlissingen] rather than the Hook. Is reading "Pride and Prejudice": 'how good it is, & amusing!'.

Part letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven, with extract from poem based on the "Mahabharata" by Trevelyan

Begins mid-sentence stating that [his brother George's book "The Age of Wycliffe"] is 'a good piece of history', which shows up John of Gaunt as 'a sort of 14th century Taman[n]y ring boss'. Also recommends Rostand's "Les Romanesques", which he read recently and things is even better than "Cyrano". Cannot think of any more modern books for the moment; fears his list is 'chiefly composed of friends' and relations' books'; [Roger] Fry is also bringing out his book on Bellini soon, which is well worth getting. Asks Elizabeth to tell Mrs Grandmont that the Frys would like her to visit when she is in England; gives their address. He himself is getting a house near Dorking at Westcott, and will move in September, when he will be within a mile of the Frys; the house he is giving up at Haslemere is, though, very beautiful. Supposes she has been back from Taormina a while; asks her to send some photographs, especially the ones of 'Mrs. Cacc. [Florence Cacciola Trevelyan] and the dogs' and himself in the loggia. The last few days of scirocco were 'a great bore', but he almost forgives it for preventing the trip up Monte Xerito as it 'made [them] those splendid waves among the rocks'; it also 'put [Elizabeth's] fiddle out of sorts' though, so he could not hear any more Bach suites. Heard Isaye [sic: Ysaÿe] play one yesterday, as well as the Mendelsohn concerto; he was in good form, and he will hear him again playing the Beethoven. Is having a musical week, as he has already seen Paderewski, for the first time, and will hear [Wagner's] "Tristram" tomorrow. 'Paddy was great fun, at all events to look at'; thinks he played a Chopin concerto better than the Beethoven. Spends most of his time at the British Museum library when he is in London; has found a translation of [Joost van den] Vondel there by a Dutch American; it is 'very conscientious and scholarly' but he does not think much of the blank verse; still, he can now go on where Elizabeth left off. Would like to know when Mrs G[randmont] is coming to England, and if Elizabeth is likely to be in London so he can 'make a display of [his] extensive and profound knowledge of Italian painting in the National Gallery'. Not sure whether he is going to Bayreuth yet; discusses times he could come to Holland.

Suggests older books she should read: Keats's letters, most of which are available in Sidney Colvin's edition though he advises getting Buxton Forman's four volume edition with the poetry; Butcher and Lang's translation of the "Odyssey"; Meinhold's "Sidonia the Sorceress" and "Amber Witch", translated by Lady Wilde and Lady Duff Gordon. Could lend her all of these books, as well as [Henry James's] "In a Cage" and his brother and father's books . Asks her to write with news and to say when would be best for him to come to Holland; he will write soon to the Grandmonts when he sends them [Thomas Sturge?] Moore's book. Thinks he remembers Elizabeth said she had never read Jane Austen; she should read them all, especially "Mansfield Park", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma". Breaks off mid -sentence: 'by advising to...': 9/71 forms the rest of the letter.

A portion of what seems to be a poem by Robert Trevelyan based on the "Mahabharata", with some explanatory notes, is found with this letter but not referred to in it

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Maria Pruys van der Hoeven

The Mill House, Westcott, Dorking. - Very glad to hear that Aunt Maria has reached Lake Geneva safely. He and Bessie cannot find Territet or Montfleurie on their maps, but he supposes it is on the north bank. Has not been there for a long time, but remembers the 'beauty of the lake and its landscape', since it was his 'first glimpse... of mountain regions'. They have had a letter from [Alphonse] Grandmont saying he is sending them 'some of his delightful "black butter", the apple jam'; believes that Uncle [Paul Hubrecht] does not like it, but they do, especially as it brings 'a perfume from the fly-peopled dining room at Ede'. Grandmont also told them about 'Bramine's forgetfulness' resulting in the 'disappearance of the keys at so unfortunate a moment'; expects the keys reached Maria at Basle or wherever she stopped first. Sorry to hear about Jan; glad it is not very bad, as he has just learned from Uncle's letter to Bessie. Bessie was glad to hear Aunt Maria's cough was better; they are sure that, despite at the moment being 'rather upset by the long journey', she will soon benefit from her stay there. Bessie is well, and the weather very good; this is 'a 'famous place for blackberries', and they pick a lot when they are out and now have enough to make jam. He gets 'such wonderful things to eat now, and luckily on the whole' he and Bessie like the same foods. Their roses have been a 'great success'. Bessie is going to tea this afternoon 'with a nice fat neighbour... who has a nice fat husband', and trees 'overladen with nice fat apples and pears', some of which they will give to the Trevelyans; their name is Wynne, and they have a 'very beautiful house' just beyond the Trevelyans'. Robert and Elizabeth made some calls yesterday returning visits, but found nobody in.

Glad Aunt Maria likes "Emma"; it is set about ten miles from here, and Box Hill is only three miles away. Thinks he likes Emma best of [Austen's] books, though likes "Pride and Prejudice" almost as much. The Trevelyans are probably going to London for a few days about 25 September; will write again soon and hopes to hear she is 'much better', Tuttie [Hubrecht] as well. Sends love to Uncle, and the Grandmonts when they come.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Maria Pruys van der Hoeven

The Mill House, Westcott, Dorking. - Apologises for not writing sooner; never managed to write when he had so much spare time at Wallington, and now he has returned and begun work 'can easily find time'. Bessie may not yet think the house perfect, but it is 'already far more beautiful and comfortable' than he ever thought a house of his could be; she gets on very well with the housekeeper [Mrs Enticknap] and he can hear them talking at the moment; sometimes after they have had long talks there are 'such wonderful vegetables for dinner, cooked in some delightful out-landish fashions'. Even the vegetables at Wallington improved, 'especially the carrots and peas'. Bessie has been translating her "Nederlandsch Volksliederenboek" for him; some are very pretty, and he would one day like to translate them himself; he has not yet translated [Joost van den] Vondel. Hopes she, her husband, and the others will like [Thomas Love] Peacock's stories; some of the allusions to 'contemporary literary or political ideas which are now almost forgotten' may be difficult, but he thinks they will find them amusing; rememberes that the best are "Headlong Hall", "Nightmare Abbey" about Shelley, and perhaps "Maid Marian". Bessie has sent Bramine "Emma" by Jane Austen; sure she would also like that. Sorry she is not quite well, and hopes she will recover before winter. Very sad that Tuttie [Marie Hubrecht] is so unwell; hopes she will be able to get to Switzerland soon. Glad that the Grandmonts may build a house in the country; remembers the country by Doorn as being very pretty. He and Bessie went to Haslemere last Friday to visit the Joachims and some other friends and enjoyed it very much; was his first meeting with 'old Mr [Joseph] Joachim'; went for a walk with young Harold and visited his 'old haunts' like his old house Roundhurst, while Bessie stayed at home and talked. Hears that Bramine is painting Maria's portrait in the lace dress she wore at Elizabeth and Robert's wedding, which he so much liked; asks to be remembered to the family. Herbert Jones is getting married tomorrow, and they will send a telegram.