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Roscoe, John (1861-1932) clergyman, anthropologist
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Typed letter from William Ridgeway to J. G. Frazer

Fen Ditton, Cambridge [on mourning paper] - Thanks him for ['Adonis, Attis, Osiris'], will have to go over it carefully before he goes any further on his second volume on Early Greece; spent time after the British Association meeting at Rothbury; is glad [John] Roscoe has come home, as he needs a rest; is going to stay with Boyd Dawkins for the Classical Association meeting in Manchester.

Typed letter from John Roscoe to J. G. Frazer

80 Chesterton Road - Encloses a copy of his notes on the Uganda custom of prolonging the life of the king, The Feast of the Bakerekere; apologises it is so meagre, will write the Katikiro for a fuller account; has written to Bishop Tucker to get his approval for undertaking Anthropology for the Board, if that works, it should disarm the C.M.S. committee; hopes the play is not causing undue anxiety; thanks him for sight of Mr [Hinde?]'s article. Accompanied by the envelope.

Typed letter from John Roscoe to J. G. Frazer

80 Chesterton Road - Encloses notes on the Bituma or mounds, entitled 'The Uganda Custom of Balongo and Nakimu'; ['The Sacrificial places of the kings of Uganda' is also present]; will write the Katikiro again, and returns his copy of [W. H. R.?] Rivers' book.

Accompanied by the envelope with a note in Frazer's hand, 'Mr Roscoe's notes on reincarnation &c.'

Letter from John Roscoe to Dr Frazer

80 Chesterton Road - Gives the correct spelling of a [Kikuyu] word, and encloses a letter from T. W. W. Crawford; Norman has been offered an exhibition at Pembroke. The letter from Crawford to Roscoe is written from 229 Confederation Life Bldg., Toronto, Canada and dated Dec. 7th 09; he promises to study the ceremony of the Kikuyu New birth, and is hoping to work amongst the Embu tribe and study their customs, and thinks every missionary should do the same as they have opportunities others do not possess, is sorry to hear that Roscoe has had to retire from the mission.

Letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge - Thanks him for his copy of 'Totemism and Exogamy', grieves that [Lorimer] Fison and [A. W.] Howitt have not lived to read it; had a visit from [John] Roscoe; and discusses ways he has supported Roscoe's candidature: he reminded [Lord] Crewe of Frazer's application for Roscoe, and wrote to Sir Kenneth Muir Mackenzie recommending Roscoe; notes that he knows the Chancellor [Lord Loreburn], but thinks it more effective to approach Muir Mackenzie.

Letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trin. Coll. Cambridge - Thanks him for 'Taboo'; [John] Roscoe has had interviews with the secretaries of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor; and one, [Adolphus] Liddell, reports it went well; he had previously written to Kenneth Muir Mackenzie and received a cordial reply.

Typed letter from William Ridgeway to J. G. Frazer

Flendyshe, Fen Ditton, Cambridge - Thanks him for two more volumes of the third edition of 'The Golden Bough', describes the bookshelf of Frazeriana they will join; thanks him for his congratulations for the Festschrift, marvels at the quality of the papers; returns the [Roscoe petition?] signed, and has another signature from Sir W. Martin Conway.

Typed letter from Peter J. Mackie to Lady Frazer

Corraith, Symington, by Kilmarnock [on mourning stationery] - The money has been lodged with the Royal Society, and invested as a War Loan until Roscoe's Expedition is ready to set out; the delay is unfortunate, but a wise one; his only son Logan died in Palestine in December, taking a Turkish position outside Jerusalem; asks what she thinks of Russia now, and the result of Socialism; the idea of Socialism is to prevent man from rising; sends her a copy of 'The Keeper's Book', suggests she read the Preface but not the Introduction, which would be a waste of time; he is only a common vulgar tradesman trying to make 'filthy lucre which the intellectuals claim to despise'.

Letter from W. A. Cox to Sir J. G. Frazer

49 Chesterton Road, Cambridge - Has just parted from J. Roscoe, who has lent him 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament' and who tells him the chapter relating to the marriage of cousins is important, but he has been drawn to other chapters, such as that on the 'Bundle of life'; as for 'The Sin of a Census' he relates a story he has heard that shepherds in the Lake District use a series of cardinal numbers unique to themselves.

Letters from James George Frazer

Four letters to:

  • W. Barnard Faraday, 24 Jan. 1921. Regrets he cannot actively promote his candidature, as he knows nothing of economics.
  • John Roscoe: 15 Jan 1925 Thanks him for his congratulations; 16 Dec 1925 Has signed the portrait, thanks him for his congratulations as to the Insitut, is sorry they meet so seldom now, was happy to have a visit from Miss Clergue
  • C. G. Seligman, 14 Dec 1927. Returns his copy of his monograph on the divine kings of the Shilluk; the Shilluk are one of his ‘trump cards’; hopes he is keeping all right again

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941), knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letter from Peter J. Mackie to Lady Frazer

51 South Street, Mayfair, W. - Is delighted Sir James is to be honoured [with the Frazer Lectureship on Social Anthropology?]; Roscoe is doing well, hears he got £1000 for his last book; has been busy, things are very bad, no money in the proper hands, Labour has it and 'they are not educated or civilized, social barbarians'.

Letter from E. Sidney Hartland to J. G. Frazer

13 Alexandra Road, Gloucester - Thinks Miss [Jessie] Weston 'at least talks sense' about the puzzle of the Holy Grail; is looking forward to seeing [John] Roscoe's new book; gives a reference for the priest king of Elele; jokes that [Robert] Macalister should have located the cradle of civilisation in Ireland; is writing a book on the evolution of kinship; teases him about being 'sculped' in Paris.

Letter from Peter J. Mackie to Lady Frazer

Majestic Hotel, Harrowgate - Is busy bathing and resting; bought 180 copies of 'Passages from Black', there are 700 left; is sorry they did not meet Mills [James Philip Mills?], who has now returned to India; is sorry about [John] Roscoe, he has a splendid chance but is a poor lecturer, when he lectured before the Provost and Professors in City Chambers Glasgow, he spoke 'Piffle' when he had so much to tell.

Letter from John Roscoe to Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - Thanks him for his letter; shares his recollections of the customs of the Uganda tribes regarding the year: they followed lunar months, but those in agriculture thought about the year; the new year started when the first thunder of the rainy season was heard; rainmakers tried to give reasons for variances and blamed the people for the neglect of duty; is working on lectures for Cambridge, which [Thomas Callan] Hodson asked him to give, but isn't pleased with a change in terms regarding the fee. Accompanied by an envelope.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford - Has received the bust of Sir James, and is storing it in his classroom; thinks it ought to be placed rather high, as the face inclines downwards; 'Cambridge meant well' when it appointed R [John Roscoe?], given that everyone knows the 'Golden Bough' is the source of his inspiration; is glad to hear they are having a 'giddy' time in Paris.

Letter from E. Sidney Hartland to J. G. Frazer

13 Alexandra Road, Gloucester - Thanks him for his kind words about Walter Map's 'De nugis curialium' which he edited for the Cymmrodorion Society; is happy to hear how Lady Frazer has been employing her time ['Leaves from the Golden Bough'?]; delighted to hear that [John] Roscoe is giving the Frazer lecture at Cambridge; his friend Dr [William] Crooke has died.

Sir James George Frazer notebooks, 'Notes on Books'

Two bound volumes, the first undated, but likely from c 1900-1910, is mostly made up of lists of books to look up, with many carrying shelf marks, and a few with a quoted passage, accompanied by a number of lists, including five pages of notes on a revision to the second edition of 'The Golden Bough', as well as a list of washing done at Trinity College in December 1903.

The second volume contains a number of shorter lists, undated but evidently later, c 1910-1920, of books to read, books sold, additions to the Golden Bough index and bibliography, books relating to Flood legends, and Folk-Lore in the Old Testament, with notes on flats, some of them detailed measurements, and a plan of his study at St Keynes; accompanied by a list of people, possibly an invitation list to an event, and a short list under the heading 'Roscoe Memorial' which includes the names Winston Churchill and Lord Crewe.

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941), knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Two letters from P. Giles to Lady Frazer

Emmanuel College Lodge, Cambridge - Reports that Mr Wilson paid Roscoe [for the Frazer lecture] in December and that it may be possible to assimilate the Cambridge regulations to those of Oxford before it comes to the turn of Cambridge again.

Copy of a typed letter from Bertram Pollock to John Roscoe

The Palace, Norwich - An enclosure to a letter from Roscoe to Frazer dated 16 Jan. 1925 (Item 18). Suggests taking a friend on the expedition; rather than resign, his parish should have a locum tenens; looks on the expedition with good will, knows Lord Balfour and would be happy to answer his questions.

Typed letter from John Roscoe to Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - He had given up hope of an expedition, and is awaiting the outcome of Frazer's meeting with Lord Balfour with keen interest; had thought of seeking another living but has decided to wait to see what happens. Sends an enclosure, a copy of a letter from Bertram Pollock [catalogued as Item 21].

Typed letter from John Roscoe to Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - In response to Frazer's letter relating to a proposed expedition to Africa, is feeling able and would wish to go to Karamojo in the Uganda Protectorate and from there to the Anglo Sudan, where he would hope to study the Turkana, Galla, and the Didongo tribes, and estimates the cost would be about £5000 for two men for at least two years; encloses a carbon copy of the letter. Accompanied by the envelope.

Two more copies of this letter were enclosed in a Letter from John Roscoe to Lady Frazer 13 Apr. 1925 (FRAZ/33/322).

Typed letter from John Roscoe to Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - His aim for the expedition would be to seek more definite information about the Stone Age and the introduction of iron work and gold art in Central Africa; Professor Macalester [R. A. Stewart Macalister?] believes the Lake region of Central Africa to be the source of gold art, and Professor Flinders Petrie and Professor Naville have encouraged his belief that early Egypt was influenced by people from that part of Africa.

Typed letter from John Roscoe to Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - Has filled out a form Frazer sent him, doesn't think they ought to call it the Sladen expedition unless it is thought wise, left him to sign the paper on his behalf; is horrified to hear of Lady Frazer's accident with the mouthwash, the results might have been fatal, and the pain must be extreme.

Letter from S. Savage of the Percy Sladen Memorial Fund to Sir James Frazer

The Percy Sladen Memorial Fund c/o The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W.1. - On Professor Seward's instructions, sends a copy of the application form for the Fund [for a proposed expedition by John Roscoe], established in 1902 by the widow of W. Percy Sladen with an annual income of £2000, given in aid of expeditions having the object of advancement of Biological Science.

Typed letter and MS card from A. C. Seward to Sir James Frazer

From the Vice-Chancellor of the University, The Master's Lodge, Downing College, Cambridge - Typed letter suggesting Frazer write a letter of application for a grant for the [Roscoe] Africa Expedition from the Worts Fund early in February, with a card dated the next day thanking him for the application.

Letter from John Roscoe to Lady Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - Encloses two copies of his letter of 16 Jan. 1925 to Sir James, in which he proposes going to Karamojo in the Uganda Protectorate and from there to the Anglo Sudan, where he would hope to study the Turkana, Galla, and Didongo tribes. Accompanied by the envelope. The original and another copy of this letter appears as FRAZ/15/17.

Typed letter from John Roscoe to J. G. Frazer

Ovington Rectory - Thanks him for his letter telling him about the offer of a meeting room by the Master of Jesus [Arthur Gray]; is working on a series of eight lectures focusing on migrations and the early life of man, asks Frazer for suggested reading material; his wife is seeking treatment for her foot, which she cannot walk on.

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