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Philips, Anna Maria (1857-1946) philanthropist, daughter of Robert Needham Philips
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Childhood ephemera, school-work and certificates of R. C. Trevelyan

1: card with coloured illustration of man fishing and title 'Oh reward my patience'. Inscribed on back 'to Bobbie from Georgie'. After 16 February 1876.
2: valentine, with printed verse, "Think of Me", paper lace and scraps.
3: valentine, with central silk [?] panel printed with message 'Believe me, this fond heart shall ne'er deceive thee', paper lace and scraps. Inscribed on back, 'Bobbie with Annie [Philip ?]'s love'.
4: valentine, with coloured embossed flowers and message 'With love's greetings'. Inscribed on back 'From Georgie' [in hand of George Macaulay Trevelyan]. After c. 1880.
5: school exercise by [Robert?] Trevelyan on the 'Conversion of Northhumbria [sic], with comment 'You take no pains!' and mark in pencil [perhaps by the Trevelyans' governess Henrietta Martin?].
6: rough account [perhaps for a Latin exercise?] of the siege of Tripoli [in the Levant] during the Crusades according to Novairi [Al-Nuwayri]. In pencil, 2 pages.
7: rough notes on botany. In pencil, 4 pages.
8: 'History of hyde ch I 1763 to 1742 BC'. Imaginary account of the history of Hide, 'an island' next to the island of Kensington, its first people and rulers. 2 pages, in pencil. Labelled 'Bobbie' in another hand at the top. [Robert Trevelyan's family lived until 1886 at 40, Ennismore Gardens, south of Hyde Park].
9: Elementary Certificate issued by the Tonic Sol-Fa College, awarded to Robert Trevelyan, 3 Apr 1884. Printed certificate, filled in by hand and signed by Robert Griffiths, Secretary and Leonard C. Venables, Examiner.
10: Intermediate Certificate issued by the Tonic Sol-Fa College, awarded to Robert Trevelyan, 17 Dec 1884. Printed certificate, filled in by hand and signed by Robert Griffiths, Secretary and Leonard C. Venables, Examiner.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan and G. M. Trevelyan

Verona. - Expects Bobbie and Georgie will be 'quite settled at home' when they get this letter, after a 'very nice stay at the Park' [their aunt Anna Maria Philips's house]. Hopes they will both settle to work at their lessons 'very steadily' after having had a 'famous holiday' and a lot of fun this summer. Sends her love to Miss Martin [their governess], with thanks for her letter; asks them to tell her that she thinks Charlie will be a while writing to her, as he has had to answer letters from 'all his relations'. He seemed 'cheerful' in his last letter. In an old town the other day they saw a high tower with a 'large cage' half-way up, in which 'naughty people used to be put'; asks if they should have one on the tower of the church in Ennismore Gardens. They also saw a large cart filled with grapes which six men were treading with their feet to turn into wine; asks whether they agree the process is 'Rather nasty'. They are going to Venice today; it is now much cooler, as there was a thunderstorm in the night. Hopes they found everyone well at home, and that 'Jemmy Cavendish is glad to be in his own nursery again'. Glad Bobbie has been writing to Charlie.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Got here all right on Monday, with 'no squash in the station stall'; they had the carriage to themselves all the way. They 'went to the "Cat and the Fiddle" yesterday'. They drove by the new road; he and Aunt A[nnie Philips] walked home by the old one, but the others, 'S[ophie], Gran.[papa Philips?], and G[eorgie?] drove home by an entirely different road'. They are going to Chatsworth today. G[eorgie?] seems all right, and Gran.[papa?] and Sophy are 'quite well'. Hopes his mother and the others are 'all getting on very well at Castle Howard'; sends his love to his father and to Charlie. The weather is fine today; has read 'several chapters of Bucland [perhaps a book by Frank Buckland?]' and finds it 'very interesting'.

The last page has a note to Caroline Trevelyan from her sister Anna M. Philips, dated 'August 5th'. She says the boys are being 'very good'; thinks they are 'greatly enjoying themselves'. They are just going to Chatsworth with her father; hopes it will 'not tire him very much'. Sophie is not going. The weather has 'turned very cold': it was 'only 46°[F] yesterday'. Hopes that the Trevelyans are having a 'very pleasant visit'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Thanks his mother for her letter. They are going to play another school, Hartley Row, at cricket on 20 June. Sends love to all. Would like her and Aunt Annie to visit 'very much'; if they do, asks her to bring his bat, some envelopes, notepaper and stamps. Is 'most decidedly going on butterflying'. Is 'in the big game' as he was last year and 'getting on well in cricket'. If she visits, asks if she can do so on a half-holiday, 'for it is much jollier then'. Is 'glad Grandpapa [Trevelyan?] is better.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Has arrived safely. Uncle Willie and Aunt Meggie [Price] came yesterday; Aunt Meggie is well, though Uncle Willie is 'rather lame'. They have been shooting today; 'several other gentlemen came'. They shot about forty pheasants, forty or fifty rabbits, and seventy rabbits released from bags - there was a black one among these. Grandpapa [Robert Needham Philips] is better, and went out shooting today for the first time this winter.

Is going to get his presents tomorrow. Charlie is well, and has received The Dutch Republic as a [school?] prize. Sends love to all; hopes his parents and Georgie are well. 'Tiny is quite well'. The weather has been 'very fine'; hopes this will continue. Will write again for Christmas day.

Note on last page from Anna M Philips to her sister, addressing her as 'Dearest Carrie'. They have 'had a lovely day for the shooting'; the boys have been 'very good and happy'. Charlie is now reading his book until tea-time, and they will play billiards after that. Both boys 'seem very well... and are very well behaved and no trouble'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Mrs Kite has come; she is well and sends 'kind regards' to Caroline Trevelyan. Aunt Annie 'has given her 1 mile of cotton. He has had some bedroom slippers from Aunt Annie; a book called Half-Hours with the Stars [by Richard Proctor] from Sophie; a "Status Quo" chessboard [for travel] from his grandfather, which is just what he wanted; a book called Homes Without Hands [by J. G, Wood]; a book called Sheer Pluck [by G. A. Henty] from Charlie; and 'sundry other presents'. The weather is very foggy. Sends love to all. Adds a postscript to say they 'have had nothing but carol singers today', and that he went for a ride with Uncle Willie yesterday and they lost their way.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Otto Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Wishes them all a 'very merry Christmas and a happy New Year'. Has sent all his Christmas cards. The weather is fine 'though it freezed this morning'. Went riding yesterday morning, and this morning 'went to Warwick chapel'. They are 'going out rabiting [sic]' tomorrow. Went to Stratford yesterday with Aunt Annie, and bought all his 'Xmas presents'.

Note on last page from Anna Maria Philips, addressed to 'Otto'. Sends Christmas greetings to all, and wishes he, 'Carrie, and Georgie' could be with them. Hopes he will find the silver pencil case which she has sent him: it is 'for the Ink pencil leads'. The boys [Charles and Robert] are 'very good and happy'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Arrived safely yesterday after a 'very nice journey', by himself for most of the way. Saw a Harrow boy whom he knew a little at Paddington, who 'had come up for a funeral'. Robert found his grandfather [Philips] 'much better than [he] had expected', and he is also well today; he 'goes out twice a day in his chair'. He, Aunt Annie, and Sophie [Wicksteed] do not 'seem at all low, though of course he is not at all well yet'.

Likes Morton Philips and his wife very much; went out for a drive with them and Aunt Annie this afternoon, and walked back home from Snitterfield with Morton Philips. Aunt Annie said he had better not write yesterday, as he meant to, since she herself was writing. The 'country is very nice and the weather very fine'. Hopes she and his father are well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Thanks his mother for her letter. Grandpapa is 'still quite well', though 'he does not get up to breakfast and is sometimes a little tired at night'; he goes out in his chair and 'gets about the house very well'. Robert is going to start whist tomorrow, and Sophie is 'going to take [him] in hand'. He is well, doing dumb-bells and the other things he had to remember. Will go to church at 'the small chapel' at three this afternoon. Sophie and Aunt Annie are well. Does not know what he will do if he does 'not get the collars soon', as he only has 'two stick-ups here'; supposes he will 'have to wear the turn-downs'. Hopes Charlie gets one of the prizes, or 'it will be very disappointing for him, after so much hard work'.

Robert is taking his medicine. Grandpapa 'sometimes talks toryism, but not very much'. The Morton Philipses left yesterday; Grandpapa gave Kate Morton Philips a ring 'which delighted her very much'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[on mourning notepaper]:- Is glad to hear from her last letter that Aunt Annie is better; hopes they will soon come back to England. At school, they have 'done about half of [their] trials [exams], and most of the difficult ones'.

Hopes his father's 'tour in Cornwall was successful'. It has been raining very heavily, including one thunderstorm which made 'the greatest downpour [he has] ever seen'. Is 'sorry to say' that Hughy Butler has been caught smoking, and is 'now in the Lower Sixth'; his father is 'very unhappy, and talks of taking him away'. Is afraid Hughy 'will be in a worse row by the end of the term'. A subscription is being got up for Miss Bartlett [the school matron at Wixenford?] and he wants to get photographs of the boys who are leaving, so will need some more money. Hopes she 'will not think [him] expensive', but he had not factored in these expense and thought he would have enough.

Georgie is well; Robert does not think he has had his 'quarter-marks' yet. They 'forgot to take back the story of Benyon the substitute'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[on mourning notepaper]:- Is 'very sorry not to have written before', and does not have the 'excuse of trying for the cricket eleven'. As she knows, Georgie 'got his remove'; he is playing cricket in 'a new game... for those who would otherwise be unable to play', which Robert is glad. Cricket began 'quite early', last Tuesday; Robert cannot do anything this year, and probably will not play for his house as he did last year either. Is glad Sophie [Wicksteed] and Aunt Annie 'have been able to get away at last'; asks where they are going.

Mr Bowen's mother is not here now, though will visit him some time this term; Bowen is 'quite well now'. Robert is now getting on better with his Greek composition, and is 'reading a great deal'. Asks how his father is now; supposes they [the Liberal Party] 'will be badly beaten again on the 3rd reading'. Sees 'the Scotch Church did well'.

There 'were some Bronze things which did not come'; wonders if they were forgotten; perhaps Booa [Mary Prestwich] will know. Asks if his mother can give him and Georgie 'leave for a second pair of flannel trousers each', as they have to for a home order; everyone has two pairs, though Robert 'used not to before this year'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[on mourning notepaper]:- Is very sorry to be late writing to her: has been 'in great difficulties for want of time lately', and has even had to ask to be 'let off some work'. There are rehearsals for acting, both in Greek and English, every day, as well as 'a great deal of extra mathematics for the certificate'; Mr Moss has also been 'doubling his demands' on Robert 'just at this most difficult time'. Robert could not do everything, so had to 'forgo the [Greek?] prose' and finally ask Mr Welldon to let him off some work; Welldon promised to do so, but has not yet. Was 'very sorry to complain, but there is a point beyond which one cannot go'; no other monitor who acts also has extra work for Moss, and still say they 'cannot find time for the acting'.

Has not had time for the last month to go to 'ducker' [the outdoor swimming pool], or practice at cricket, though that 'does not matter much'. His house were 'beaten by Bozzie's' [Bosworth Smith's?] in a close, exciting match. Very good that Georgie 'got the Prose' [the Latin Prose prize?]; Robert 'thought he probably would'. Georgie wants to know if he should get 'a whole edition of Macaulay', or if not 'they have a Ferdinand and Isabella [by W. H. Prescott?]'.

Has written to Sophie [Wicksteed]; Aunt Annie [Philips] says she is better now; asks if they will come to Wallington. Thinks he will need another tailcoat for speech day, as his 'best is rather shabby', but will do as his mother thinks best. Thanks her for the 'white waistcoats and the eatables'; and asks her to thank Booa [Mary Prestwich] for the pasties. Read in Chapel the Sunday before last; still finds it 'a severe ordeal to go through'.

Hears Charlie 'has done very well in Mays', though is not sure what that is. The school is 'doing better at cricket now'. Has not had time recently to continue his reading of Arrian, 'or indeed to read anything extra', but will go on with it when he can. Is sorry he had to drop the prose, but 'it was absolutely impossible to do it, still less to do it well'. Is 'glad the Tories are catching it'; sees they 'had a majority of only 29 last night'. G[eorgie] is 'quite well'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for the Harrow Philathletic Club, with 'The Grove' added in Robert Trevelyan's hand:- Thanks his mother and Booa [Mary Prestwich] for their letters. Heard from his father on Saturday that she was better; hopes 'all is still going well'; must be 'a great trouble' for her not to be able to do anything for 'so long'.

Georgie 'came out second yesterday, which was very satisfactory'. His own exams have begun already, and some of the 'important papers' are over. Has had a letter from Aunt Annie [Philips], and will write to Sophie [Wicksteed] this week, who 'seems at all events not to be any worse'.

Went to tea with 'Boy' [E. E. Bowen?] yesterday, and met Miss [Mary?] Bryce there, who 'was very glad to have a liberal to talk to'; she is 'rather distressed about the split in the women's confederation'. Robert will not do much running, nor will he 'let Georgie do himself any harm'; they had a paper chase on Saturday, but there will not be any more.

Is going to write to Charlie; does not know if he is still at Cambridge; hears he 'has been speaking a great deal lately'. Will write again before next Sunday. Adds a postscript thanking her for the hamper, and telling her not to 'let Boa bother herself about making too much parkin'. Will be 'very glad' to see them all again in the 'hols'.

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R.C. Trevelyan

The Grove, Harrow. - Had a pleasant week at Wallington; spent the night with Aunt Annie [Philips] on Tuesday, and saw Miss Martin before he came back. Found Sophie [Wicksteed?] 'much more cheerful and talkative' than expected. Gives results of a battle between his and Robert's toy soldiers. Lady Frederick Cavendish will be at Wallington by now. Few people have left school this term, though of those several are from Grove House. Clive has failed his Sandhurst exam and returned: a 'pleasant surprise'. The 'finds' [room sharing] have been arranged 'very satisfactorily': he, Tregoning and Farquhar are in Tregoning's room - the library -in the morning, and he and Farquhar in his own room for tea. Has to read prayers now. Complains [in capital letters] about the changes initiated because of Welldon's 'terrible funk of the influenza' until the weather improved: no 'first school', only one half holiday a week, and they all have to wear sweaters to go 'down to footer in'; hopes they 'all get the influenza and die of it to pay Welldon out'. Pencil annotation at top of letter, perhaps by Robert Trevelyan, says that 'Spider and Spot' are alright; took Spider back to Mrs Webster; Webster is recovering slowly after a relapse.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Trinity Cambridge: - Has received her letters about the concerts, and does not know which is best to go; perhaps it would be best for him to come next Saturday. Asks her to tell him what train he should come up by. Election time 'will be very exciting in London'; asks if his father is going to speak there again. Hears Boz [? - possibly Reginald Bosworth Smith] is 'better, and is going away soon'.

Is going to Oxford, he thinks on the 27th, for the Greek play, [Aristophanes'] Frogs. Hubert Weston is going to get tickets and rooms. Robert and Charlie are going to dinner on Thursday with the [Henry?] Sidgwicks. He can 'cycle now to a certain extent, if the roads are not too muddy or hilly'. Charlie has also been learning. Supposes Georgie is 'going in for the scholarships this term'. Napier, 'whose watch chain [Robert] lost' is staying here for a few days, 'after passing first out of Sandhurst'. Robert thinks he is 'doing better in [his] work now'. Hopes everyone at Tunbridge [Anna Maria Philips and Sophie Wicksteed?] are well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Trin[ity College], Cam[bridge - on college notepaper]: - The London elections have 'gone off very well' for them [the Liberals], which is encouraging for the general election. They have 'had an Oxford Liberal here', who was telling them about 'the work done by the undergraduates in the villages near Oxford' and wants them to 'Liberalize Cambridgeshire too'; Robert however has 'too much else to think of for the present'.

There was a 'great election in the Trin[ity] debating society': the 'wrong side won', but it 'was great fun, though the Athenæum people bullied their op[p]onents rather too much'. Is going to hear Joachim [the violinist] that evening. Charlie is well as far as Robert can tell. Is going to see Sophie [Wicksteed] and Aunt Annie at the end of next week if he can, as soon as he goes down. They have had one Harrow [football] game and will have another as soon as they can. Not much news to tell her.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for the Harrow Philathletic Club; 'Trinity' added in pencil]: - People are now beginning to go down: Cambridge is 'becoming much quieter', and he is 'rather glad to be able to stay up until next Friday'. Will come home then, and go to Tunbridge Wells on the following day [to see his aunt Anna Maria Philips, and Sophie Wicksteed]. Asks when they are likely to go abroad: he supposes 'as soon as Georgie comes home'. There are no more lectures, but he will go to Lendrum [a coach] once more; thinks he will continue to see him next term, as he 'learn[s] a great deal from him'.

Several people are coming up from Harrow tomorrow 'to pass [their] matriculation', including Tommy [Macaulay] Booth and [J.W.?] Sandilands. Robert is going to pay all his bills this term, including his kitchen bill; will then be able to 'see more or less what the term has cost'. Thinks Charlie is well, though has 'not seen him much for a day or two'. He himself has had a cold, but it is 'almost gone now'.

Hopes 'all is going well in politics', but they [the Liberals] 'can afford to have a few reverses after London'. The Magpie and Stump debating society dinner 'was a great success after the election [of the new President]': Verrall and Ja[c]kson were there, and it 'was not too rowdy'. Lord Herschell's meeting was also a success, though Robert was 'a little disappointed in his speech'. Hopes his parents are well.

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R.C. Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. Lord's exeat. - Harrow were 'licked yesterday' [in the cricket match against Eton]. Spirits kept up by a 'very good lunch' with the Yates Thompsons; 'impossible to be depressed in the company of Dolly'. Went to the Royal Academy after the match, then went to see 'the Bastille taken' at Earl's Court; there were plenty of very pretty women, but he did not 'see any Turks'; he then took a 'water-toboggan' ride and went home. Wants to sends his pictures to Cambridge at the end of the term; asks what address at Trinity he should use; asks if Bob could put him up in Cambridge at the beginning of August to 'arrange business'; will go on 4 August to see Aunt Annie at Tunbridge Wells, and then to Wallington on Monday.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Trinity [on college notepaper]:- Is 'approaching the rapids [of his Tripos exams]' and has 'reached the smooth water that comes just before the plunge'. Finds it 'rather fun cramming' knowing that about one in ten facts 'you put into you will come out useful if you can remember it': 'much more satisfactory' in that respect than 'the uncertainty of the Classical Tripos'. Theodore [Llewelyn] Davies is here today; he has 'already settled down to his work', in a room overlooking 'the balcony of the Scotch office'.

Is sorry to hear that Aunt Annie is ill; asks if she is any better. Did not infer from George's report that it was more than a 'very serious cold', and asks if that is so. Expects he will be coming to London for a night early next week 'if there is room'; will come 'to eat dinners' in any case. Will probably 'stay in Cambridge till late', though has not decided finally on his 'next move': George wants him to go to 'over the sea to Skye' with him and his friends; whatever he does, Robert wants a chance of 'getting through a considerable amount of reading before settling in London'. Postscript adding how glad he is that his father 'is refreshed by his visit to Welcombe'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George and Caroline Trevelyan

29 Beaufort St, Chelsea:- Has just returned from Harrow, where he goes to 'get a game [of football] once a week' to keep himself 'very fit in body and mind'. Bowen had got up a 'team of masters and old boys' against the boys of his house, 'which is very good this year'. Robert's team were 'Somehow' beaten 6-0, but Bowen 'covered himself with glory, playing better than he has done for years'; he also told Robert he 'played like a hero'.

Met Charlie in the morning at the B[ritish] M[useum] Library, 'getting up the question of State Railways'; he is 'much interested in a scheme for a progressive periodical [the Progressive Review] which [William] Clarke, late of the Chronicle, and a young Socialist, [Ramsay?] MacDonald, are going to start next year. It is to be to these dregs of times what the Edinburgh Review was to be to those other dark days'. It 'promises to do well', and Robert wishes it 'God-speed', though they say it 'has as yet no Brougham, much less its Sidney Smith'. Bernard Shaw, whom Robert saw recently in a restaurant, told him 'with his usual superb egotism', that if they had wanted the paper to succeed, they ought to have asked him to 'write a series of articles, as he knew the secret of making a splash and drawing the gaze of the public'. However, 'Clarke cant stand G.B.S., calling him an anarchist and a Jacobin', and Shaw is a 'little piqued at being out of it'.

[Roger] Fry has a cold today and has taken to his bed 'as he always does at the slightest alarm'; this is sensible as 'his colds are both more sudden and more formidable than other people's'. He is doing well otherwise, and has 'just finished some theatrical scenery for a friend [a pencil note suggests this is 'Badley - [at] Bedales']' - the wood in Midsummer Night's Dream] - which is as good as anything Robert has seen by him, 'though you can't get very rich colour effects in tempera'. Their next door neighbours, Ricket[t]s and Shannon, have 'just brought out a magazine... a single Christmas number [The Pageant]' for which they have obtained contributions from 'all the great names in the literary and artistic word' such as Swinburne, Bridges, Maeterlinck, Verlaine, Burne Jones and Watts. There is 'some fine work in it, and some very queer'; Robert's friend [Thomas Sturge] Moore has two short poems included, though Robert does not think them his best. Will show his parents the magazine when they return. Shannon and Ricketts are 'taking to publishing poetry'; he believes they 'make a great success', and hopes that knowing them 'might be useful in the future'.

Is putting this letter into an envelope he finds 'on C[harles]'s table' with his parents' name on it but not yet their address. Expects they will soon be in Rome. Is going to see Aunt Annie [Philips] next week' does not plan to go abroad as he is 'very well, and do not feel the cold'. He will go to Welcombe for a few days, but otherwise stay in London unless 'the frost gives [him] colds'. Is glad their travelling is going so well, and that they like Gregorovius: it is 'always pleasant work welcoming a new historical star', though he doubts this one is 'of the first magnitude'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

1, Wellington Place, Tunbridge Wells:- Thanks his mother for her letter, which arrived yesterday. Is staying the night at Tunbridge Wells; his hosts [his aunt Anna Maria Philips and Sophie Wicksteed] are 'both in good spirits, and Sophie certainly not ill'. Is going for a few days next week to Failand near Bristol, the 'country house of Roger [Fry]'s family'. Will then go on to Welcombe, he thinks taking the places of the Webbs [Sidney and Beatrice, friends of his brother Charles?], 'for we have to wait our turn like aspirants for office'. Will be glad to get away from London, where he has been leading 'a miserable bus-riding rattle-of-bus-fretted existence since September'.

Thinks it will become a 'downright cruel winter' soon, as it is quickly getting colder 'after a long merciful delay'; if it does, London will be 'uninhabitable for a season, at least to work in', and he does not expect he will return. Will not come to his parents in Rome, as it 'would be absurd' not to see the sights which she 'describe[s] so temptingly' on his first visit, and this would 'not fall in with' his intention to work. Believes [Edward] Marsh is in Rome, or 'will be soon', since Robert 'just missed him in London'.

Will send the Pageant [magazine recently published by Ricketts and Shannon, see 46/38] if she likes, 'though there is much bad in it'. For him, its 'chief value' is that it has 'several old [D. G.] Rossettis and Mi[l]ais', as well as Rickett's Oedipus. Shannon's drawings have 'both been badly reproduced, and are by no means his best work'; in fact several contributors, such as Swinburne, Bridges, and Robert's friend [T.S.] Moore 'have not done themselves justice'. Does not know if his mother has 'ever tasted of Maeterlinck's strange vintage before'; he himself 'neither scoff[s] nor adore[s]' but the play in the Pageant is 'fairly typical' of him; thinks his poem, as well as Verlaine's, good. The Pageant should 'amuse [her] as decadent in an extreme though not particularly offensive form'.

The 'American affair is deplorable': fears it 'may lead to real trouble', though the general view in England, both among individuals and newspapers is that 'Jonathan will begin to see in a few days that he is making an exhibition of himself ['Uncle' is written before 'Jonathan' then crossed out: perhaps Robert Trevelyan confused 'Brother Jonathan', a representative figure of New England sometimes used to stand for the entire United States, with Uncle Sam - or was about to use the latter term then changed his mind]'. Glad she finds Italian politics interesting; he 'used to read the political articles in the Sera and Tribuna' to 'pick up a little of what was going on'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

10 Prinsegracht, The Hague. - Has received her letter this morning, and sent a telegraph to say he has already written to all [the friends and relations] she names, as well as to a few others, such as Mrs [Mary] Booth, since she had invited him to Gracedieu for New Year's Day. Wrote to [Charles] Sanger first, as he lives with him, who got the letter at Cambridge and told George there; had however written to George, and Charles, next day. Has also written to his aunts and Booa [Mary Prestwich]. Has been busy: Mr Hubrecht sent him to visit Bessie's sister Mrs Röntgen in Amsterdam on Saturday, on Sunday he received callers with the family, and on Monday he went to Ede with her and her sister-in-law [strictly, Elizabeth had no sister-in-law: Bramine Hubrecht meant?] to see about the furniture moving. Thinks his mother will have seen his and Hubrecht's letters to his father; hopes that 'little difficulty' is now resolved. Elizabeth is about five foot ten, has 'brownish yellow hair, of rather a light tint', and eyes of he thinks 'greenish grey'. Has not yet written her any poems, but 'must try in Italy'. Will try to get her a ring in Milan; [Roger] Fry may be able to help; leaves tomorrow afternoon, and will spend a few days there as he has much to discuss with Fry. Not sure when he will return: depends how his work goes. Hopes a visit by Bessie to England in the spring can be arranged.

Letter from Anna Maria Philips to R. C. Trevelyan

Lansdowne, Tunbridge Wells. - Thanks Robert for his letter telling them of his engagement; could not reply sooner as she did not have his address in Italy until his mother sent it her. She and Sophie [Wicksteed] much hope to meet Miss van der Hoeven in the spring when she visits England; would be nice if he could bring her here to meet them. Expects he is enjoying 'lovely' weather in South Italy; the Dee is frozen at Chester and on Wednesday it was the coldest it has been at night at many places since 1895, so he is wise to be abroad. Asks where they think of living when they are married, and when the wedding will take place. Sophie sends 'best love & warmest congratulations'.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - Wishes Bessie and her uncle and aunt a very happy new year. Very pleased to receive Bessie's photographs; asks if she could send copies to her sister Miss [Anna Maria] Philips, who has always been very good to Robert and his brothers and takes great interest in them. This aunt lives at Tunbridge Wells in the winter with an invalid friend, Miss Wicksteed, who is also very fond of the boys and would like a photograph, and in the summer near Manchester. Caroline has another sister [Margaret Price], a widow living in Gloucestershire; Sir George has two sisters, Lady Knutsford and Mrs Dugdale. Not a large family of near relations; looks forward to introducing them to Bessie. Hopes to hear from Robert about the disaster at Amalfi [the landslip at the Cappuccini Hotel]. Will be in Welcombe from next week.

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

19 Prinsegracht, the Hague; addressed to Bob at Pension Palumbo, Ravello, presso Amalfi, Italia. - Has had a very quiet and solitary New Year's Eve, which is usually the time for 'family reunions and games'; knows the idea of the old year ending is artificial, but she cannot help feeling it. Last year she was at Taormina, after spending 'a very cold and unpoetical Christmas' at Messina; she and Grandmont had bad colds; had no idea what the year would bring; quotes Browning on love as 'a passionate drawing closer'. has had a busy day; the doctor has been and told her aunt to stay in bed for a few more days so she has household and nursing responsibilities, though Marie [Johanna Maria Hubrecht] and her two sons have left to stay with her mother at Scheveningen. Willy van Riemsdijk has decided to go to Transvaal after all [see 9/32], a 'silly & rash decision'. If her aunt is well, may go to Amsterdam on Wednesday to play for [Bram] Eldering; worries about how little time she has. Expects Mrs Cacciola [Florence Trevelyan] has written to Bob as well; asks if she writes 'in the same enthusiastic strain to her dear Calverley' as she did to Bessie and Bramine [Hubrecht] about him; the letter she sent to Bramine was also complimentary about Bessie.

Returns to the letter on the following morning; Ambro [Hubrecht] arrived unexpectedly the night before; his visit cheered her aunt, and he told them that Willy van Riemsdijk was not now going to South Africa. Has several pictures of the landslide in Amalfi in the paper; other houses as well as part of the Capuccini Hotel seemed to have been buried. Had a letter from Bob's mother this morning asking her to send her photos to Bob's aunt [Anna Maria] Philips and her friend [Miss Wicksteed]. On the next day, scolds Bob because she still has not received a letter from him. Her aunt is much the same.

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

19 Prinsegracht, the Hague; addressed to Bob at Pension Palumbo, Ravello, presso Amalfi, Italia. - Very relieved to get Bob's letter of the 31st December last night; amused that Mrs Cacciola [Florence Trevelyan] wrote three enthusiastic letters on Christmas Day, to Bob, Bessie, and Bramine [Hubrecht] and that they have all ended up in her hands; 'the dog's story' in Bob's letter very good. Would like Bob to call her 'Florence' as she asks, though she herself will never be able to think of her by that name; the letters show how kind she is 'though she comes it up so queenly in ordinary life'. Has had nice letter from Bramine, who was amused by Bob addressing her formally as 'Mrs Grandmont'; Bramine says Grandmont has not yet promised they will be in the Hague for June [the wedding] but she is sure everything will come right; Grandmont never will commit to future plans. Returns to the letter in the evening saying how tired she is, by nursing her aunt and running the household, but also because her uncle is 'so nervous these last days' and it is 'utterly exhausting to be in the house with him'. He is worried about her aunt's illness, and they have just had a letter dictated by Tuttie [Maria Hubrecht], in bed with influenza in Florence, to a nurse; Bramine is now with her.

Writes the next morning that things seem more cheerful; her aunt had a 'coughing night' but is slightly better. Had a nice letter from Bob's aunt [Anna Maria] Philips yesterday, thanking her for sending her photographs. Will look forward to seeing Bob's letter in the "Manchester Guardian"; the Salomonsons take it so she will ask her [friend Jeanne Salomonson Asser] to look out for it]. Has done hardly any reading, and no practising, for a week. At a concert on Wednesday night, heard some music by Rameau 'like delicate lace-work', then Ysaÿe playing a Bach concerto. His 'rendering was very modernised', which would have disgusted the Frys; she too much preferred a modern piece by Lalo, 'quite perfect in its way'. Hopes to go tonight to another chamber music recital, and tomorrow Lamond is performing a Beethoven sonata she would also like to hear. Her cousin Louise Hubrecht has sent her an "Inquirer" with a review of George [Macauley Trevelyan]'s book ["England in the Age of Wycliffe"] which she looks forward to reading, since she will not have time to finish the book itself before February. Is very glad that Bob is pleased with his work so far and feels 'her nine rivals' [the Muses] have him 'in their blessed power'.

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

Hotel & Pension Palumbo, Ravello, Golfo di Salerno. - Apologises for not writing more often. Is very sorry that her aunt has been so unwell; hopes the anxious time has now passed; can quite understand how her uncle might 'develop infinite degrees of fussiness' under the strain and thus be 'the direct opposite of [Alphonse] Grandmont' as he is in many other ways. Hopes Tuttie [Maria Hubrecht] also recovers quickly. His aunt Annie [Anna Maria Philips] is a 'dear creature', but always complains he does not write to or visit her enough; he also likes her 'invalid friend [Sophie Wicksteed]... to whom she has devoted herself'. His letter [about the landslide which damaged the Hotel Cappuccini at Amalfi] appeared in the "[Manchester] Guardian" on 2 January; it has pleased the locals as it says the coast is quite safe; thinks he will 'take to journalism', which is much easier than writing verse plays'. However, he has got on well this afternoon; is 'making no end of the wife, who is no end of a heroine'; teases Bessie by saying she will not get the chance to be such a faithful wife, as he will keep a closer eye on her. Copies out 'an old fellow who wrote about you in the 17th century' [Richard Crashaw, "Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress"].

Continues the letter next morning; has breakfasted and 'pumped [his] ideas on Latin poetry into bucket Straughn Davidson [James Leigh Strachan-Davidson?] for half an hour'. Finishes copying out the Crashaw poem; thinks it influenced Browning. Glad Bessie has heard some music. Is 'very fond of Rameau', and has 'often heard Dolmetsch play him'. They must find out where Gluck is being played and go there; he 'can't wait much longer without hearing the Iphigenia and the other great ones'; though she might think him a Wagnerian. Hopes she will hear Lamond again. Finishes the letter in early afternoon. It is cold and stormy, and he will go to 'a nook under the cliff' to work. Discusses the rumours that there are letters incriminating [Joseph] Chamberlain [in the Jameson Raid?]; the 'Parnell letters and the Henry forgeries [in the Dreyfus case]' are warnings to be careful about such things, though if genuine they should be published; if this leads to a 'basis for peace so much the better'. Hopes Bessie's housekeeping is not tiring her; he will not be 'exacting' when they are married, 'especially with Mrs Enticknap to do everything' for her

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. - Glad to hear Bessie's 'gloomy journey' [back to the Netherlands] was not too uncomfortable; Robert returned 'looking rather disconsolate' and she has not seen him since; fears he will be rather lonely, with the 'nine [Muses]' not making up to him for the 'one' being absent. Good that he has a poem in today's "Speaker". Very glad Bessie enjoyed her time in England; a shame about the weather, but the 'great thing' is to have found that they all like each other. Sir George was sorry when she left: a compliment as he is 'fussed by most people staying in the house'; he cold is now gone. Bessie had better not send the money for the bill until she gets Forsyth's account; encloses bills already paid. Spent yesterday with [her sister] Annie and Miss Wicksteed at Tunbridge Wells; is going for a walk at Kew Gardens today. Lady Reay called to see Bessie on Wednesday and was very sorry to miss her; she greatly admires Professor [Ambrosius] Hubrecht. Sorry to hear Bessie's aunt is slow to recover.

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