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Frazer, Lilly (? 1855-1941), writer and translator, wife of Sir James George Frazer
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Robert Ackerman research photocopies of Sir James George Frazer letters

Xerox photocopies of over 240 letters, many of them of originals housed in other institutions. The letters are written by Frazer to multiple recipients with a few exceptions: eight are written by Lilly Frazer (to Miss Buckley, Sir Edmund Gosse, Bronisław Malinowski, and W. H. D. Rouse); one is from Henry Jackson to Frazer and five more are from others to others (two from Macmillan & Co. to Hermann Diels, one from Sir Francis Galton to Sir Clements Markham forwarding a letter from Frazer, one unrelated letter from John Sampson to Francis Jenkinson, and one memo from Otto Stapf to Sir David Prain). Five letters include covering letters from the institutions providing the copies. In addition, there are copies of a typescript draft of Frazer's article 'Our Debt to France', the draft of an address on the founding of the Frazer lectureships, and a translation of an article.

Recipients, with the number of letters present if more than five: Aksel Andersson, Terence Armstrong, Spencer Baird, Andrew Bennett, Arthur Bigge (Lord Stamfordham), Miss Buckley (of the Loeb Classical Library), Sir Ernest Budge, John Bullbrook, Francis Burkitt, Edward Clodd, Francis Cornford (16 letters), Otto Crusius, Sir Edwin Deller (6 letters), Hermann Diels (10 letters), Samson Eitrem, S. J. Evis, Jesse Fewkes, Douglas Freshfield, Sir Francis Galton (14 letters), Ernest Gardner, Charles-Marie Garnier (6 letters), Sir Edmund Gosse (42 letters), A. C. Haddon, Sir William Hardy (6 letters), Carl Lehmann-Haupt, C. W. Hobley, A. W. Howitt (7 letters), Mary Howitt, Henry Jackson, Francis Jenkinson (8 letters), Oskar Kallas, Sir Arthur Keith, William F. J. Knight, John Mackay, Bronisław Malinowski (9 letters), William Maxwell, A. G. W. Murray, G. G. A. Murray, Sir John Myres, Theodor Nöldeke, Karl Pearson, Sir David Prain (8 letters), Edward Rapson, A. G. Ross, Sir William Rothenstein, W. H. D. Rouse, Gustave Rudler, Charles Edward Sayle, Solomon Schechter (7 letters), Douglas Sladen, William Thalbitzer, Sir J. J. Thomson (21 letters), Sir D'Arcy Thompson, Hermann Usener, Sir Emery Walker, and Alfred Rayney Waller (6 letters).

Ackerman, Robert (b 1935), biographer

Letter from Arthur Bernard Cook to J. Rendel Harris

19, Cranmer Road, Cambridge - Is sorry to hear of the enforced retreat to Selly Oak; attended James George Frazer's 87th birthday party and comments on his health and on his wife Lilly, thinks James a better Christian than himself; describes wartime Cambridge, with bombs falling on the outskirts of town, the constant sirens, with a story about the reaction of the Rev. Henry Carter during a service in the [Emmanuel] Congregational Church; the Library treasures scattered, Professors [David Winton?] Thomas and [Percy Henry?] Winfield, as members of the Home Guard spending nights on the top of its tower; describes his contributions to an exhibition at Peterhouse Lodge, 'Fifty Centuries of Greek Art'; also describes a 'Hellenistic gem' he acquired from a cement-worker in Shepreth which bears an inscription he traces to Adam of Newmarket.

Munro, Hugh Andrew Johnstone (1819–1885), classical scholar

Copy letter from F. S. Carey to J. G. Frazer

22 Rock Park, Rock Ferry, Cheshire. Dated Feb. 6, 1915 - Thanks him for the Addison essays, and for Lady Frazer's letter and book at Christmas; gives news of his son [Windham], happy to be serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery, his second son [Richard] is not yet 18 but keen to serve, which he will do 'if this bloody business is not finished before the year is out'; knows that many of those going so happily will never return; he is drilling himself; refers to the traitor Kuno Meyer.

Copy letter from George Whale to J. G. Frazer

49 York Terrace, Regent's Park, N.W.1. Dated 27.2.23 - Encloses a letter from Madge Chrystal [transcribed] describing John Sutherland Black's final days; was shocked to hear of his death; interested to hear of Lady Frazer's translation [of 'Adonis'?].

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Edward Clodd

St. Keyne's Cambridge. Dated 23 March 1913 - Thanks him for his kind letter [about 'The Belief in Immortality'], which will help him 'bear with equanimity the thunder of the theological guns when they open fire on me'; declines the offer to send the book with the statistics of the weight of the soul [Duncan McDougall quoted in Edward Carpenter's 'Drama of Love and Death']; declines the invitation to visit, does not want to leave his wife. With a typescript footnote identifying Frazer's book.

Copy letter from Edw. Clodd to J. G. Frazer

Strafford House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Dated 31/12/16 - Thanks him for the ['Ancient Stories of the Great Flood'] and admires it, is glad he expresses his opinion on causes of similarities, thinks [W.H.R.] Rivers was too rigid in explaining them; hopes the 'Pan German Plot' [translated by Lilly Frazer] has been a success.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Edward Clodd

No. 1 Brick Court, Temple. Dated 11 April 1919 - He is not alone in his suggestion to write a book on Folklore in the New Testament, but would like to wait until a certain scholar in France has published; is working on other books at the moment; his wife's daughter [Lilly Grove] has died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Copy letter from J. D. Anderson to Frazer

Mostyn House, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. Dated 13th Dec. 1916 - Thanks him for the pamphlet, ['Ancient Stories of the Great Flood']; is distracted as his son David is reading 'Histoire de M. Blanc' by Lilly Frazer aloud; is in a state of constant anxiety regarding his older boys [James, Martin, and William]: one wounded two years ago is at the Front, another is flying seaplanes [William Louis Anderson?], the third doing light duty while he recovers from an injury shortly after receiving the military cross.

Copy letter from G. H. Darwin to J. G. Frazer

Newnham Grange, Cambridge. Dated Dec. 22, 1900 - Thanks him for the GB, thanks Lilly Frazer for the postcards; is sending Gwen and Charles to Germany to learn the language; Ryle is the new Bishop of Exeter; the Master's [Henry Montagu Butler] health is not satisfactory; he has asked the college to look into 'too lavish pensions'.

Copy letter from W. Warde Fowler to J. G. Frazer

Kingham, Chipping Norton. Dated October 25, 1907 - Mentions a passage in Tibullus about hut-making and asks if he has any ideas relating to the practice; was pleased to meet Mrs Frazer; may come back to Cambridge to compare open spaces, is the Curator of the Oxford Park.

Copy letter from Francis Galton to J. G. Frazer

42 Rutland Gate, S.W. Dated May 22, 1910 - Thanks him for 'Totemism and Exogamy'; thanks to Lilly Frazer and that of Baron von Hügel, brother of the Cambridge anthropologist, he has an 'Acoustica'[?] to help him hear, and encloses a pamphlet about it [not present].

Copy letter from Wickham Steed to Lilly Frazer

IV Schwindgasse 9, Vienna. Dated 20 July 1906 and Sept. 1 1905 - Sends a cheque Madame Rose received from her editor Fabian Ware; has had the enclosed letter from Sir Edward Goschen for a year; asked their Peking correspondent Dr [George Ernest] Morrison about Chinese substitutions; was told about a goat sacrifice in the Ardèche; shown examples of sympathetic magic in the cathedral at Lyons, points out a printer's error; no holiday because the situation in Russia and there is too uncertain. The enclosed letter, from Sir Edward Goschen to Wickham Steed and dated Sept. 1, 1905 states that Steed has mixed up his stories, that he never heard Steed's story before, but has one of his own of a Chinese man committing suicide in revenge against someone, an example of their contempt for death; can't believe what is happening re: the Japanese and Saghalien [Sakhalin Island], given the sacrifices the Japanese made.

Copy letter from John S. Black to J. G. Frazer

6 Oxford Terrace, Edinburgh. Dated 9th Aug. 1913 - Is recovering from his illness; was interested to hear about G. G. Ramsay [and his translation of Tacitus]; spent some time with his brother in Tomintoul [where Frazer is visiting] many years ago; makes plans to meet; is ready Mrs Frazer's 'First Aid' [to the Servantless] and is enjoying it.

Copy letter from John S. Black to J. G. Frazer

6 Oxford Terrace, Edinburgh. Dated 2nd Dec. 1913 - Thanks him belatedly for 'The Dying God'; is sorry the George Square scheme didn't work, but does think London better than Edinburgh; knows [Wickham] Steed well by name and thinks he will be a 'great and beneficent force' on the staff of 'The Times'; would like to meet him somewhere in Italy in the spring, and asks if they have been to the Naples-Amalfi region or to Sicily; congratulations to Mrs Frazer on her new role as a grandmother and on the new book ['Victor et Victorine'?]; Emy and Fred are in Paris, and he has begun a series of articles in the Scotsman.

Copy letter from George A. Macmillan to J. G. Frazer

Macmillan & Co. Ltd., St. Martin's Street, London, W.C.2. Dated Oct. 7, 1902 - Confirms that they would publish his book on the early records of American Indian customs and superstitions only accessible in rare books by mainly French and Spanish writers; asks him to give Mrs Frazer the enclosed cheque for her report on the collection Jean Bedel.

Copy letter from B. Malinowski to Sir James and Lady Frazer

El Boquin, Icod de los Vinos, Jenerife [Tenerife], Canary Islands. Dated 10.1.21 - Would like to hear about their trip through France and Belgium; spent time in Liverpool with Dr and Miss Caton; describes their trip to Lisbon, Madeira, Las Palmas, and Santa Cruz; hears [John] Roscoe is back, thinks it must be exciting to hear his reports.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Bronisław Malinowski

Hotel Lutetia, 45, Boulevard Raspail, Paris (6e). Dated 6 February 1923 - Is sorry to hear he has been ill; the 'Argonauts of the Western Pacific' has gotten a unanimous chorus of praise; values his opinion and thanks him for kinds words of the abridged GB; is in Paris, Lilly is making a French translation of the abridged GB and he is making an English translation of Ovid's Fasti for the Loeb Library, with glimpses of old Roman religion 'but most of the points in it have been threshed out already'; went to an interesting meeting of the Ecole d'Anthropologie, with [Louis] Capitan reading a paper of a cave discovered by Count Begouin [Begouen] in Southern France, and a communication about a tribe, the Habes, in the valley of the Niger, who have many taboos; [Alfred] Haddon doesn't have many anthropological students at Cambridge and speaks well of the new Curator of the Anthropological Museum, [L. C. G.] Clarke; [John] Roscoe's first volume should be out soon, it is interesting and valuable; is glad [Edvard] Westermarck is writing more on Morocco; hope to settle in a house being built for them in Cambridge in the autumn.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to R. R. Marett

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 16 January 1907 - Thanks him for the review of 'Adonis', is inclined to agree that the early gods are probably not much specialised in function; invites him to Cambridge, as he finds written controversy less satisfying than discussions in person, invites him to an evening in February when his wife is putting on some French plays, and encloses a card describing the evening [not transcribed].

Copy letter from R. R. Marett to J. G. Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford. Dated May 16, 1930 - Is delighted to have ['The Growth of Plato's Ideal Theory'], 'especially the superscription which associates the Flaminica's name [Lady Frazer] with your own', the book reminds him of Henry Jackson, who discussed Platonica with him; invites him to read something to the Anthropological Society there.

Copy letter from H. Marseille to Sir James and Lady Frazer

Heath House, Huntington Road, Cambridge. Dated June 12th, 1915 - Thanks them for their sympathy note after the death of his wife [Kate]; describes her last days; his son George may be sent to the front soon; [James Hope] Moulton has suffered the same loss; tried to get 'La maison [aux] Panonceaux' [by Lady Frazer] but it is not yet available.

Copy letter from James Hope Moulton to J. G. Frazer

Didsbury College, Manchester. Dated 12th Dec., 1913 - Has received 'Balder the Beautiful', has measured his Frazer shelf and sees that he has multiplied it by 3 1/2 times with the second and third editions; paper stated that although no Cabinet Ministers attended a dinner with Anatole France, Frazer was there, 'a nice way of putting it'; is using the GB in his construction of a dictionary, is using something Frazer gave him on 'άγνεια'; would have sent a reprint from the Ridgeway volume with his work in it, but understands that Frazer has written away for it, and he does not want to suggest that he should read it; heard from George Brown, who had tried to contact Frazer but was told by Mrs Frazer that James was 'inaccessible', which he figures was during the final work on 'Balder'; recommends he see Brown as he will probably not be back and has amazing stories, including time with savages who the next day killed and ate a boatful of Germans.

Copy letter from James Hope Moulton to J. G. Frazer

Didsbury College, Manchester. Dated 6th Feb., 1915 - Thanks him for the Addison 'Essays', admires the Preface particularly; does not remember predicting the war, but to the contrary believing his friend Adolf Deissmann in Berlin who worked hard for peace; it is well to have work during these times: 'you may imagine what sort of feelings we have when the Germans talk about torpedoing transport ships. We have no idea yet when our boy may be aboard one'; admires [A. B.] Cook's 'Zeus'; saw a review of Lady Frazer's story ['La maison aux Panonceaux'?] in the 'Athenaeum'.

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