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

Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer Spa. Dated 12 July 1915 - Describes their long holiday, in Cirencester, Edinburgh, Kenmore, and Strathpeffer; mentions that the Cambridge University Press has published a school edition of his wife's book 'La Maison aux Panonceaux'; mentions [James Hope] Moulton's loss [his wife Eliza's death] and Moulton's plan to spend a year with the Parsees in India; Macmillan is publishing a book by [Robert] Russell, ['The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India'] which will be valuable; wonders if he has seen [W. H. R.] Rivers' work 'The History of Melanesian Society' he has not read it yet; has improved his Hebrew on holiday.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Breadalbane Hotel, Kenmore, Perthshire. Dated 18 July 1915 - Discusses Lilly's idea of accepting the Archdeaconry [in Africa] Roscoe has been offered on a temporary basis in order that he could do some anthropological work; suggests he approach Macmillan if not them, then Hutchinson with his popular book; Moulton's loss was the death of his wife, but he knows no details; [Kate] Marseille, a German friend in Cambridge has also died, the Marseilles' son [Rudolph] has joined the English army in the war; is interested to hear that [W. H. R.] Rivers has returned from the New Hebrides; is glad to hear that Roscoe will be lecturing to missionary students at Cambridge, wishes there could be a permanent provision for such instruction.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Princes Street Station Hotel, Edinburgh. Dated 8th. Sept. 1915 - Is glad his lectures to missionary students went well, and that he was able to interest some in anthropology; answers his questions about offerings of blood to hero vs nature gods and does not have a theory how primitive man bridges the chasm between nature gods; describes his holiday, and plans to finish 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament' at the end of it; Edinburgh is full of military and naval men.

Copy letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 19th May 1911 - 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.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

10 King's Parade, Cambridge. Dated 30 Oct. 1915 - Has sent his 'Golden Bough' and 'Psyche's Task' to Kingsmead, accidentally sent the anthropological questions there as well; has [William] Ridgeway's book which apparently controverts some of his views, and has had a friendly letter from him; [W. H. R.] Rivers is expected in Cambridge in two weeks, perhaps he can come visit then.

Copy letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 23rd May 1910 - 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.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

10 King's Parade, Cambridge. Dated 10 Nov. 1915 - Thanks him for the copy of ['The Northern Bantu']; Lilly instructs him to say she does not think he should give copies to the guarantors but will explain when she sees him.

Copy letter from John Roscoe to Lady Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford. Dated 20 November 1915 - Has made two attempts to answer her letter, thinks it would be a grave mistake to shield James from [William] Ridgeway's book ['Dramas and Dramatic Dances of Non-European Races '?]; says he will be happy to write thank you notes to his book's guarantors; fixes a day to visit; will take up the matter of the Gifford Lectures.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple E.C. Dated 11th March 1916 - Is glad the book reached him, and that [George Foot?] Moore's book is helpful; is working on 'Folk-Lore in the Bible'; is interested to hear about the Feltwell living; his nephew [John Steggall] has been appointed to a ship, and Lilly's nephew [Cecil Dodd?] has a commission in a line regiment; have good accounts of Lilly's children in Stockholm [Charles] and Paris [Lilly].

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple. Dated 10 July 1916 - Says it is for him to decide whether to write an article for [Oric?] Bates on Africa, and makes suggestions for topics to include if he does; wonders if he might write a book of essays on these subjects; will be happy to look at his paper on Magic Miracles; questions the connection between polygamy and ultimogeniture; is studying the custom of deferring the consummation of marriage for some time.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple. Dated 22 Sept. 1916 - Is concerned to hear of a narrow escape from the Zeppelins; would be glad to see his article for the Peabody Museum; would be glad to see Dr Steele of the C.M.S. and will put in a good word for the anthropological training of missionaries; thinks the missionary societies could get a lower rate on a bulk purchase of his anthropological questions booklet; is investigating cross cousin marriage, which he discusses; Lilly is translating three French books on the war and is overworking herself; his 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament is growing to be a big book; he will give the Huxley Memorial Lecture in November.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, E.C. Dated 15th October 1916 - Is interested in his mention of widowers marrying the sister of their wife in Roscoe's 'Worship of the Dead'; is glad he is investigating cousin marriage among the Bantus; enjoyed his talk with Dr Steele, is glad to hear of his scheme for a Missionary College in London; Rendel Harris' paper on the Mandrake will be useful in connection with Jacob; saw nothing of the Zeppelins but heard distinct firing on one occasion.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 29 November 1918 - Has spoken with [Arthur] Keith who has been in touch with the Royal Academy and their support of the proposed expedition [to Uganda]; a comiittee to administer the funds will be made up of [W. H. R.] Rivers, [A. C.] Haddon, Frazer, and a Government official; asks him to draw up an outline of the proposed expedition and make estimates about the costs. In a postscript he reminds him of Lilly's recommendation he obtain a phonograph and learn to use it by lessons from [William] Manning, who has been busy with munition work; Lilly suggests he must practise for a long time beforehand to get the best results; she says it is useless to get the loan of one from Haddon or [Charles S.] Myers, who 'for years cut her out of her legitimate profits by lending explorers cheap and unreliable German instruments'; the difference between those who trained to use it and those who did not is 'patent to any listener'.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated December 20th. 1918 - Has heard from [W. H. R.] Rivers about the Royal Society meeting, a committee has been formed [to oversee funds for the proposed expedition [to Uganda]; suggests he write the Secretary ([William] Hardy of Caius); his chapter on Jacob's marriage [in 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament'] is the most important from the anthropological point of view.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Albemarle Club, 37 Dover Street, W.1. Dated 27 Dec. 1918 - Saw [Arthur] Keith at the Athenaeum, who explained the delay with the expedition committee [of the Royal Society] is that Walter Long wants to head it but has to wait until the election to see if he is Colonial Secretary; Keith will see that funds are available after Lilly explained to him that at the Army & Navy Stores it is necessary to pay when giving an order; had a good view of the King and President Wilson driving to the palace.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 3 Feb. 1919 - More about the Royal Society committee funding Roscoe's expedition to Uganda: [Arthur] Keith is waiting to know whether [Walter] Long and Lord Milner will join the Committee; is glad an inexpensive substitute can be found, and that he will use Goverment agents in Mombasa.

Copy letter from James G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Hotel Lutetia, 43 Boulevard Raspail, Paris. Dated 16th. March 1919 - The death of Lilly's daughter [Lilly Grove] has been a heavy blow; wonders when he will leave on his expedition [to Uganda] and hopes he met with Sir David Prain.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Hotel Lutetia, 43 Bourlevard Raspail, Paris. Dated 26 March 1919 - Describes being called to Paris on the illness of his stepdaughter Lilly Mary Grove and her sudden death; in addition to seeing Sir David Prain, hopes he would see [Arthur] Hinks, Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, who might be of good practical help; wonders how the preparations are going.

Two letters from John Roscoe to J. G. Frazer

Ovington Rectory, Thetford - In the letter of 8 April writes to thank him for his letter, has not been away for a year and does little work in the parish; details the illness of his wife [Agnes], and the circumstance of a beam under the fireplace catching fire; is thankful not to be blind, imbecile, or bedridden, should say he has 'fought the good fight'; only news from Cambridge is from Schneider, who is lame from a fall. In the letter of 5 May, he thanks Frazer for 'Garnered Sheaves'; hopes he has a new assistant; had another 'attack of blood pressure' which caused him to fall unconscious for an hour or two.

Accompanied by an envelope with a note on the sender and date in Frazer's hand.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated April 10th. 1919 - Is pleased how things are turning out for the expedition [to Uganda]; has written to [Arthur] Hinks about the maps; has written to Denison Ross about [phonograph] records and a standard comparative vocabulary; will consult Macmillan about a new and improved edition of 'The Baganda'; as to the drugs, they don't think [Arthur] Keith is the person to apply to; will visit [Sir Peter] Mackie and thank him for his generosity; thinks his idea of a clerk is a good one; anticipates valuable results from the expedition.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 14 April 1919 - Makes recommendations of people to apply to: Mr Reeve Wallace about sugar, butter, and jam, and the Apothecaries Hall or the Pharmaceutical Society about analysing drugs; will be visiting [Sir Peter] Mackie.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Corraith, Symington, by Kilmarnock. Dated Wednesday, 16th. April 1919 - Is staying with [Peter] Mackie who assures him he intends to see the Roscoe expedition through, will be helpful as to the stores of sugar, butter, and jam and the drugs for analysis; encloses a response from Denison Ross [not transcribed] about vocabulary.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 25 April 1919 - Sends him a Geographical Journal with an article on Southern Abyssinia; is sorry to hear his ship is delayed; found a phonograph at Liverpool for him, which Lilly secured for him.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 16 May 1919 - Is sorry to hear of the sailing delay [of his ship for his expedition]; encloses a comparative vocabulary of Swahili dialects [not transcribed]; Lilly thinks he should apply to Denison Ross for the phonograph records which even if duplicated and stored would still form a 'permanent and valuable series of documents, to which you or others could at any time refer.'

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London, E.C.4. Dated 23 May 1919 - Wishes him the best on the eve of departure; urges him to take care of his health; mentions a notice in 'The Times'; reminds him that [Peter] Mackie has said he would see the expedition through financially.

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