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Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Stella Maris Nursing Home, Trumpington Road, Cambridge. - Bessie will have heard from Catherine [Abercrombie] that Dr Noble thinks he should go for a few weeks into a nursing home to 'rest and be overhauled'. Is no worse, and in fact thinks he is 'definitely better', and he 'quite enjoyed the [Apostles'] dinner', but the doctor examined him 'very carefully' and thinks he needs the rest. Dr Noble is a 'nice quiet sensible man'; Bob thinks Dr Holloway and Dr Bluth would approve of him. Is very sorry to miss the St Matthew Passion and all the Busch [Quartet] concerts. It will not be long before they are 'both at home again together'. Janet seems 'remarkably well and cheerful'. Has to stop as he has several letters to write; hopes Bessie's cure is going well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Has not written for a few days, but has not had much news; all 'pretty well in spite of the cold'; hopes Bessie has been able to continue her 'short walks'. Went to Leith Hill Place yesterday and had a 'delightful talk' with [Leslie] Hotson, the 'scholar who has so many documents about Shakespeare and Marlow and their contemporaries'; used to know him in the Quakers Mission in France during the First World War, and he was also an old friend of Lascelles and Catherine [Abercrombie]. The Times Lit[erary] Supplement is sending him a book of translations from Greek poetry by F. L. Lucas for review ["Greek Poetry for Everyman"]; 'sure to be interesting', and much of it probably good; will keep him occupied for 'some time'. Thinks he has told Bessie about the dinner the [Apostles'] Society are giving in honour of him, George and Desmond [MacCarthy]; they have promised not to make Bob give a speech, so he can enjoy his dinner. May be his last visit to [George and Janet] at the Lodge [since George's time as Master of Trinity is nearly over]. Will see Humphry and G.E. M[oore]. Hopes to visit Bessie again soon when it is 'not quite so cold'. Wrote to Bertie [Russell] recently. Asks to be remembered to K.T. B[luth] and Theo.

Letter from Robin McEwen to R. C. Trevelyan

Marchmont, Greenlaw, Berwickshire. - Thanks Trevelyan for sending his new booklet of poems for Christmas [this year's "From the Shiffolds"]: this is 'an honour' which he much appreciates, and he has read them with great enjoyment. Might like the 'tiny fragment of Sophocles best... for its simplicity & truth'. Hopes if Trevelyan comes to Cambridge he might see him; perhaps he could 'manage a Saturday' [meeting of the Apostles' Society?].

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Garden Corner, West Road, Cambridge. - The Sykes-Davieses are coming to lunch on Sunday; has also asked Hugh to let Bob know where the [Apostles] Society will meet on Saturday night; might be a good idea for Bob to attend after dinner here with Janet, since George has to be in London that night at the [British] Academy dinner, though he is free all of Sunday. Sorry that Bessie cannot come.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Robert's report of the Hunt was very interesting: Basil Williams and [Robin?] Mayor 'must have been notable members of the Old Guard". Told [Austin?] Smyth in his reply that he had been Chairman of the [Apostles'] dinner 'exactly half a century ago', when the Vice-Chairman was 'a lively undergraduate... Welldon by name'. Is looking forward 'with an old man's uneasiness' to the journey North [to Wallington]. Remembers a year when the 'Etonian Trinity men' could not go to the 4th of June [holiday] as it was on the 5th, when the 'Trinity May began'.

Notebook with draft of R. C. Trevelyan's "Sulla", translations by him of Aeschylus's "Prometheus Bound" and Lucretius, and draft Apostles' dinner speech

Few pages draft of Trevelyan's "Sulla", here entitled "Sulla & Satyr". Notebook used from other end in for translation of Aeschylus' "Prometheus Bound" a draft speech to the Cambridge Apostles [presumably the annual dinner]; in praise of air and fire in response to a speech by E. M. Forster praising the other two elements, and spinning a tale of a philosophical society among the Greek gods in defiance of Sanger's hope that Trevelyan would avoid 'poetical quotations and classical myths'. Also translation of Lucretius, "De Rerum Natura", book 2 line 398ff [marked with scrap of paper].

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Enjoyed reading Robert's letter about the [Apostles] dinner; the society now is 'certainly a very distinguished body'. Their journey was long here but successful; Caroline is very tired but not really any worse. Comments on the 'horrors about Etna' [a destructive eruption of the volcano]. Thanks in a postscript for [Alfred?] 'Pollard's discourse'; he talks great sense on a subject 'on which many people write ineffable nonsense'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Is writing today to instruct Drummonds to pay twenty pounds into Elizabeth's account, as a supplement to Caroline's payment for Julian's schooling. They had a long but 'punctual and much helped and tended' journey here last Thursday, and have been very tired and careful since. They enjoyed Robert's account of the 'Apostolic dinner', which was confirmed by George.

Letter from J. T. Sheppard to R. C. Trevelyan

Hotel du Kélenn, Carantec (Finistère). - Thanks Bob for his letter. Necessary to print [Bob's translation of Aeschylus' "Oresteia"] at once: the proofs must be ready for rehearsals next term, and he also wishes to send advance copies to schoolmasters before Christmas to try and get them to read this 'shortened "Oresteia"' with Bob's version to sixth-formers. Thinks the best plan is for Bob to send his "Choephoroe" to Bowes, keeping lines which had previously been cut if necessary. Recommends that Bob be as 'frank & simple as possible' in his translation of λιψουρία [desire to make water]; thinks they 'ought to make the nurse quite broad', and she will have a 'little folk tune in the orchestra' [music composed by Armstrong Gibbs]. Encourages Bob to get on with the "Eumenides"; will not object to use of Verrall if Bob does not; Verrall's version will 'not clash badly' with Bob's, and 'it's rather nice' to include his work. [D. W.?] Lucas is helping him with the Greek proofs; Sheppard thinks that Aeschylus would understand the point of the 'apostolic combination'. So they should certainly use Verrall if that would 'relieve the strain'. Is sorry to be so pressing. Is coming back at the end of September: they must meet 'immediately' if possible; suggests the weekend of 10 October. Wants Gibbs to be there as well. Tells Bob in a postscript to write to him at King's after 18 September, as he is 'going to wander in Brittany' for a while'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Will think of Robert 'dining with the brotherhood [of the Society of Apostles]' this evening. Thinks he has told Robert about the Charles Merivale biography, which is an 'excellent book for a Harrow and Cambridge man'; thinks Merivale was one of the first twelve Apostles. Sees in the catalogue of the London Library that they have a German [translation of Sergev?] Aksakoff, so 'he must be famous'; would like to read it at some point if Robert finds it as good as he expects.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Glad to hear that the [Apostles] Society is likely to revive: it is a 'most important element in the future of the University'. Very touching about Geoffrey Young; wishes he had been there when the three of them met at the Lakes before the other members of the Hunt arrived. Sir William Church is staying for a day; they started Harrow on the same day; Sir William, though six months older, is 'a great deal younger than [Sir George] in years and in walking prowess'. Asks Robert to send him his Theocritus. Most interested to hear about his 'literary doings'.

Letter from Desmond MacCarthy to R. C. Trevelyan

17 Pembroke Gardens, Kensington. - Thought the [Apostles'] dinner a great success, including Trevelyan's speech. The new age limit [for conscription] will cause Trevelyan difficulties: does not know whether the Tribunals recognise objections to service which are not connected to religion. Does not share Trevelyan's pacifist principles, but knows they are genuine: a phonograph recording of their argument over the Boer war would be convincing evidence that it is not just this war Trevelyan objects to. Hopes that the Tribunal will meet him 'half way'. Sends regards to Donald [Tovey?] if he is still there, and to Bessie.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. [old notepaper, since the house was sold in 1916]. - Thought about Robert often last night; he is right to prepare his speech [for the Apostles' dinner?] beforehand as it needs to be 'a literary composition, setting the note to the rest'. Forty two years since he himself presided, the year that his "Life" of Macaulay and [Henry] Sidgwick's "Methods of Ethics" came out; Welldon, who was vice-chairman then, has become Dean of Durham [Cathedral], which Sir George thinks will suit him. Welldon must be pleased at the 'general regret' expressed at his leaving Manchester; the "Guardian"'s account of his 'jolly popular ways' was very funny. Glad to hear that Bessie is properly recovered, and to hear from them both about the plans for Julian [to go to school at Dunhurst, prep for Bedales]. Aunt Annie [Philips] is coming for a fortnight tomorrow, having been very ill; hopes she will take more care of herself in future. Calls themselves 'a crazy company', quoting [Oliver] Cromwell before the battle of Dunbar, but they 'are better at Wallington than anywhere else'. Note written on postscript on a separate sheet: has just finished re-reading [Plato's] Euthryphro; wonders why it is not 'more talked of'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Thanks Robert for his account of the [Apostles'] dinner. Glad he likes the 'paper on Wallington' ["Country Life, 43" (22 June 1918), pp 572-8]; the photographs are beautiful. Very good that they were taken 'before the house was dismantled'. Returns Robert's letters; was glad to see them; if the [Apostles] Society dies out, it will be 'in a world convulsion: but will revive'. Loved to read [William?] Lee-Warner.

Letter from Roger Fry to R. C. Trevelyan

Is sorry that Trevelyan has 'this bother' [of going before a tribunal as a conscientious objector] and is very happy to provide a statement attesting to his honesty. Suggested version originally enclosed for approval; this is now not present but the letter is on a sheet of paper used by Fry for a draft of the statement which is cancelled but still legible. Fry is sorry he missed the [Apostles'?] dinner; now is back at Bo Peep [Alciston, Sussex] and working hard. If Julian [Fry] is still at Bedales next term, which depends on his tribunal, will tell him to look after Julian [Trevelyan] at Dunhurst. Hears Dunhurst is now greatly improved. Will write to Roper, whom he thinks is doing much good at Bedales. Trevelyan will know Fontanelle, as he knows 'all the books' (quotes Mallarme in French); but he himself did not and finds him witty and wise.

Letter from Sir Henry Francis Wilson to R. C. Trevelyan

Lennox House, 43 Ovington Square. - Thanks Trevelyan for the 'two volumes ' [one the "Pterodamozels", see 19/63] and the particulars of Trevelyan's other books. Will be arranging his 'collection of Apostolica' [books by Cambridge Apostles] when he goes to Herefordshire next week, and then 'fill some more of its gaps'; meanwhile would like a copy of Trevelyan's "Polyphemus' and encloses payment.

Letter from Sir Henry Francis Wilson to R. C. Trevelyan

Royal Colonial Institute, Northumberland Avenue, London. - Asks for a copy of Trevelyan's "Pterodamozels" to add to his 'apostolic' collection [books published by members of the Cambridge Apostles]; gives the address as 43 Ovington Square; would be 'indebted' to him if he also wrote his name on the title page. Asks in a postscript whether Trevelyan has a printed list of his other publications.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Has completely re-arranged the library, which was very interesting but 'rather hard physical work' at his age, incorporating the two bookcases, one the 'pretty Morris' one, from London. Is sending Robert a box of the books belonging to him. Has been corresponding with Professor [Herbert Hall?] Turner, who has a 'fine fraternal idea of the [Apostles] Society'. As it is Sunday morning, he is writing to George as usual; would like to have more letters from Robert and suggests he fixes a day to write. Charles and his family are now re-united at Cambo; Aunt Anna [Philips] has been here a fortnight.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Is very sorry for the difficulties with 'poor Miss Boucher [Julian's governess]; glad that Caroline will see Elizabeth to hear about it; also glad that Julian is well, and 'quite contented that he should get his intellectual nourishment largely through pictures'. A 'strange metaphysical friend' of Henry Sidgwick's, who was 'too odd and unkempt to be an Apostle' used to tell Sir George he had the 'Shoshonee [Shoshone] mind' since he said their 'alphabet was all in pictures'. Has seen a portrait of 'the late Mr Willett, the father of daylight saving'. Does not know whether the Cambo household will return; afraid Pauline is not well. Has been busy; the Shakespeare tercentenary was held in Stratford tastefully and 'rather successfully', and he felt he should 'repay the neighbourliness and friendliness' of the people by attending some of the celebrations, and making some speeches. Stratford has 'ceased to be an American town'; instead of twelve or fifteen thousand last year, there were only two hundred and fifty four [visitors]. Thanks Robert for [Charlotte Lennox's] "The Female Quixote"; has been reading "Humphry Clinker", which he has always thought Smollett's 'most readable' work, though there is 'nothing like the naval scenes in Roderick Random'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Recommends that Robert read Elizabeth Gaskell's "Sylvia's Lovers". Robert has had some interesting guests; glad to hear what he says about 'Eurasians in Java'. Was glad to subscribe to the 'Apostles' portrait', though does not know where it is to be kept; 'a Richmond is always worth having'; imagine what the value of 'an authentic portrait by St Luke of St Peter or St Paul' would be'. The haymaking is going well, but after that they 'sorely want all the rain [they] can get'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Edward Marsh

Very kind of Edward to send the cheque, but he is returning it as he would rather the money were redistributed amongst the others [contributors to "Georgian Poetry"]; if it is difficult to redivide now perhaps it could be kept until more profits come in. Delighted to hear the book is 'still doing so well'. When Bob returned to Cartmel from the [Apostles] Dinner, he found [Gordon] Bottomley had had a haemorrhage, 'the first for nearly two years'; when he left a fortnight later, Bottomley was much better, but Bob thinks this 'has convinced him that he ought not to live there any more, even in the summer'. He and Bessie hope that Bottomley will stay with them again this winter.

Notebook with draft of "The New Parsifal" by R. C. Trevelyan

Also contains notes for Trevelyan's toast to 'Absent Brothers' [at the annual dinner of the Cambridge Apostles], in which he explains that [his brother] George is 'in the Balkans, visiting battlefields' [during the Second Balkan War]; Brooke is in America, and Dickinson in China. Trevelyan suggests that Brooke should instead go to India as '9th reincarnation of Vishnu', play the flute and be followed by 'troops of adoring Gopi maidens. He would make a wonderful God'. If this new religion should prove a nuisance to the government, McTaggart, Russell and Moore should be 'at hand to check and expose him'; they would also find helpful roles in India, as would Fry, Lytton Strachey, George Trevelyan, and Mayor.

Letter from Edward Marsh to R. C. Trevelyan

Admiralty, Whitehall. - Thanks Bob for writing out his poem 'so neatly' ["For a Fan", see 15/280]. Bob will 'never' be forgiven for not coming to Trinity last night; he himself had 'great fun, chiefly with Moore and Barran'. He then stayed for Verrall's funeral; glad he was able to be there as Verrall is a 'great loss'. Hears Mrs Verrall and Helen are 'wonderfully well'. Has to speak at the [Apostles] dinner and can't sleep 'for thinking of the shame and misery of it'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Edward Marsh

Is sending back Edward's book with his fan ["For a Fan"] written in; it was 'a great pleasure to read the poems'; the "Oasis of Sidi Khaled" [by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt] is very fine, but there were many others he had 'never seen and was glad to know'. Verrall's death is sad, but 'seems to have been a release from continuous and intolerable pain'. Will see Edward at the [Apostles] dinner.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Edward Marsh

TThanks Edward for his letter [19/8]; the copy [of Bob's "The Bride of Dionysus"] must have been sent a couple of days late, as he did not want Edward to buy it. Glad he liked the last act, which is his own favourite; he is probably right about the vers libres, but thinks that Donald [Tovey] has set them to music so they 'sound quite well, even if they are too puzzling to read'. Will be 'very pleased and proud' to write his 'fan' poem ["For A Fan"] in Edward's book after Whitsuntide, as he is going away to Seatoller until then to try and work; will have to 'try and write [his] best, which is never very good, so as not to make a mess' of Marsh's book. Will try and visit one day this summer, perhaps they could arrange dinner and a play or concert; expects he will see him at the [Apostles] dinner next month; they have elected 'a Hun, Becassy [Ferenc Békasy] who is also a poet 'quite good too, I think', whom he supposes will be Vice President at the dinner. It is 'extraordinary how everyone is a poet now, whether inside or outside the Society'.

Notebook with translation of Lucretius's "De Rerum Natura" by R. C. Trevelyan, and other drafts

Few pages of draft of Trevelyan's "The Pterodamozels"; draft presidential speech by Trevelyan for the Apostles' dinner [in 1918] which contains reminiscences of the recently deceased Henry Montagu Butler and a reference to Bertrand Russell's imprisonment, as well as an account of a dream-conversation with the first Apostle [George] Tomlinson including Tomlinson, an 'Eminent Victorian', complimenting Lytton Strachey on his recent book [one page detached from binding]; play set in the Forest of Broceliande with characters including 'Lady', 'Hunter' and 'Boy', including three loose sheets.

Notebook also used from back page in: part of "Maya", with another draft poem in pencil on facing pages; "Pusska"; translation of Lucretius book 5.102 onwards; extra text from "Maya", including a loose sheet.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - Was pleased to hear from Robert about the [Apostles'] dinner, which seems to be 'almost better an institution than ever'; thinks Robert is right to read aloud 'a long and solid book' like [Macaulay's?] "Frederic the Great". He and Caroline are considering trying Ferrero; agrees with Ferrero's account of Octavius [Augustus], whom he discusses, as given by Robert. The summer has been 'detestable'. They have got some things out of Madame Cacciola [Florence Trevelyan]'s present which 'look well about the house'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. - Glad to have good news of Bessie and Paul; they look forward to seeing them all soon. Caroline has sent for [E. M. Forster's] "The Longest Journey", and Sir George will read it after his current novel. What Robert says about the Apostles inspires him to send some 'scraps... unearthed' when sifting old letters; Cowell was an 'ideal personage... a man who carried camaraderie to the highest point in [their] set and generation'. [Henry] Jackson persuaded Sir George to 'take over my MA' since the University may someday want a Liberal representative. Has nothing to do, and is very tired after sixteen consecutive months of work, including two of illness; the proofs [of the last volume of "The American Revolution"] will be a pleasure. Sends best wishes to Bertie Russell.

Letter from Leonard Woolf to R.C. Trevelyan

Mannar, Ceylon. - Was 'delighted' to read Trevy's description of the [Apostles?] dinner. The Pearl Fishery did him 'no harm' [see 17/67], though it was 'pure Hell... with no sleep and indescribable smells'. After returning to Jaffna, he has come out to Mannar as acting Assistant Government agent for a month; it is a 'curious', remote place, where he there are 'no white people' but himself... rather like solitary confinement, as there is of course no one to speak to at all'. Has bought a horse and goes riding, but otherwise only works and reads. Has little to do 'as the people are sterile and dying out and would have died out long ago but for our beneficial rule'. There is said currently to be much death due to 'starvation owing to drought'; the government has 'opened Relief Works on roads', but since many of the population are high caste, whose 'ancestors never carried earth on their heads', they 'therefore sit down and say they prefer to die of starvation' rather than do so; he thinks they are 'quite right', and asks whether Trevy agrees.

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