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Letter from Lady Pethick-Lawrence to Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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March 18. 1946
11 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, W.C.2

My own Beloved.

You are packing, & I have come into my room to rest and not hamper you. For many days I have had no thought, no life (except on the surface) apart from you & your great mission {1}. I have not put what I feel into words, because the high adventure, upon which you are starting out, is too important to allow any place for personal consideration, but you will know how my love & my thought & my prayer will be with you every hour of the day. That is what was expressed in the little charm or keepsake I have given to bear you company. I have very deep roots in you as you have in me. We share our deepest attitude to life & being. To some extent at any rate, like the Buddhas in Tibet, we have found our being outside the wheel of Birth & Death. Outside or inside, we know that we are part of the Cosmic whole, and to the extent of our realization, are beyond anxiety or fear. If not only we two, but all three involved in the great enterprise of reconciliation can live, even if only for a few minutes every day, in this consciousness, the “Miracle” may happen. I have always felt that the marvelous† outpouring of what we call the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, was due (in part at any rate,) to the sudden consciousness of oneness generated by the vigil together, and to the realization of what St. Paul in his great chapter in Corinthians {2}, calls “Charity”—Understanding—Fellowship—oneness—so that all spoke in language understood of every tribe & nation.

I rejoice greatly in the letter signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury & others. It is what I have wanted & wished for, but did not expect. I believe it will deeply impress many Indian leaders, whether they admit it or not. At any rate you & your colleagues are going with the ardent goodwill of the whole of the country. This realization will bear you up as on eagles wings {3}.

When I leave the Drome {4} & return here, I expect a visit from Miss Mulock (“Baby”) {5} and on Wednesday {6} Naomi is coming to see me. On Thursday unless we are lucky enough to get theatre ticke[t]s for a Ruth Draper Impersonations†—I shall go to see Mai Mai. On Friday we shall all return to Fourways. And I hope & intend to spend the whole of the next week organizing the garden. On Monday April 1st I have seats for May & myself at an Indian Ballet, Sakuntala[.] On April 2nd the Sculptor Huxley Jones & his wife are coming to tea. They are from Aberdeen & are bringing to London his clay figure that impressed us all in Edinburgh, “the Common Soldier”, hoping it will be accepted for the Royal Academy Show.

During the week at Fourways, I hope to take Grant Watson in the car to call on the Robert Trevelyans. And all the time until next Saturday, one part of me will be flying flying—or sharing your experience in Tunis or elsewhere. And a part of you will be with me, because there will not be the urgent call on your attention which will follow, after next Sunday. May we celebrate our May 26th in thankfulness & joy together, looking back to that memorable day 45 years ago. With my hearts love & blessing

Your own.

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{1} The Cabinet Mission to India.

{2} 1 Corinthians xiii.

{3} Cf. Isaiah xl. 31.

{4} Hurn aerodrome.

{5} Possibly Emily Maud Mulock. Cf. PETH 4/161.

{6} 20th.

† Sic.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Kung Tian Cheng

8 Grosvenor Crescent, S. W. - Was glad to get Kung's postcard [TRER/47/49] with news of his journey to the South; sorry Kung could not visit Europe this year. Perhaps he may later on, in which case Trevelyan hopes to see him. '[Al]ways looked forward to the arrival of Republican Advocate [of which Kung was editor], and was very when it came to an end'. Now it is 'very hard for us in Europe to have any idea of what is going on in China'.

Is glad Kung can say the 'political outlook is brighter', and hopes it remains so, but 'it looks as if, for the time, parliamentary government had been a failure, and that is very sad, after the high hopes we all shared'. This set-back will matter little though, 'if the country is really gaining organic strength and coherence in ways other than political'.

Here, they are 'in the midst of a political crisis. The Tory party has been encouraging disloyalty in the army, and hopes to frighten the Government and the Country intro dropping [Irish] Home Rule, by inducing officers to do their duty'. Does not think they will succeed, but if they did, it would be a 'disastrous triumph of aristocratic militarism over Parliament and democracy'.

He and his family have been in London for two months so that their 'little boy may go to an infant school'; they return to the country next month. Is very sorry that Kung missed seeing Dickinson; if Kung come to England, Trevelyan will introduce them. Dickinson much enjoyed his visit to China, and 'liked the Chinese better than the Indians'. Since his return, Trevelyan has 'several times met young [Lionel?] Giles', who says that Backhouse is returning to 'be a Chinese Professor in London'.

Does not have Kung's address with him in London, so will have to wait until he returns to the country to send it.

Letter from Edward B. Koster to R. C. Trevelyan

40 Stephensonstraat, Den Haag. - Des not know how long ago Trevelyan sent him his Bride of Dionysus, but knows he has taken a long time to acknowledge the 'friendly gift'. Hopes to write a short notice in the Dutch fortnightly periodical in which he wrote about a former work of Trevelyan's.

Read Trevelyan's most recent volume 'with much pleasure and interest': the title poem 'contains many fine parts'; thinks he likes The Rooks, The Thrush's Song, Dirge II best among the shorter poems, and especially the translation of Catullus' Attis [Carmina 63], 'in which the ring of the original is repeatedly felt and heard'. Also appreciated the translations of Alcman and Lucretius, both of whom he also has attempted to translate.

Hopes Trevelyan's wife is well.

Letter from Edward Marsh to Elizabeth Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for the Admiralty, Whitehall. - Tells 'Mrs Trevy' that he is 'bringing out a small anthology of what I consider the best poetry of the last two years [Georgian Poetry 1911-12]'; wants to include 'Bob's dirge no. 2 from the Bride of Dionysus'. Since he is away, asks if she can consent on his behalf. Is sure Bob would like to be included; already has Abercrombie, Masefield, Sturge Moore, Bottomley, and 'lots of people he likes'.

Letter from Henry Martineau Fletcher to R. C. Trevelyan

The Hague. - Hopes this letter will 'be in time to say goodbye' and wish Bob good luck in his travels; calls him a 'lucky man, to get out of this wind' to places where the 'sun can warm as well as light the world'. They [he and his wife] look forward to 'seeing the East from at least three new points of view when you three articulate-speaking mortals [Bob, G. Lowes Dickinson and E. M. Forster] come back'.

Wonders if Bob has had the chance to look at the book by Loti [Un Pèlerin d'Angkor?] (this returned safely, Bob should tell Elizabeth); Angkor has had the 'same fascination' for Fletcher as Loti felt, 'ever since I first read about it in Ferguson [James Fergusson?]'. Bob should go there if he has the chance, though Fletcher imagines it is 'pretty inaccessible'; and 'if the Buddhist priests have advanced to the sale of picture post-cards', he should send Fletcher as many as he can.

Has come to the Hague for a few days before 'the autumn session' begins, and finds the town 'nearly as fascinating' as he remembers it from the tour he and [his sister] Mary made eighteen years ago, though the 'perpetual buffeting of the icy east wind, mixed with dust & dead leaves' does not make 'strolling & sketching' very enjoyable. Good to be in a large town where 'you can walk at your ease down the middle of the streets without having to jump away from the engine-bonnets of a thousand cards. It reminds one how blessed existence was... in the pre-petrol days'; suppose Bob will 'recapture' that in Canton. Objects, however, to the 'plate-glass casements' replacing the 'original sash-windows divided with bars into many panes' everywhere; calls the change 'perfectly disastrous to scale & texture & cheerfulness', and adds a sketch of the two window types. His hotel is 'built of bells. They ring all the time in every direction'.

Sends his love to Elizabeth, and asks Bob to 'tell her to come to us whenever she can & will during your absence'. Adds postscript about how much he was 'carried away by The Bride [of Dionysus], calls it 'the best libretto' he has ever read.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

The Shiffolds, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking. - Thanks his father for his letter [12/149] and for [William] Everett's, which he returns and which is 'very interesting and characteristic': Everett seems to have 'the sort of mind that might have made a very fine scholar'; supposes as it is he is 'quite a good one, but has not made that his chief business in life'.

Whistler's Gentle Art [of Making Enemies] is 'an odious book. Even in those cases where he is more or less in the right, he alienates one's sympathy'; expects that 'if one indulges in that kind of quarrelsomeness, it grows upon one like a vice'. Calls it 'a curious case' that Whistler should 'so often have behaved like a vulgar cad, and yet have had such great qualities as an artist, and sometimes, I think, as a man too'.

Gives an 1860 quotation in Murray's dictionary for 'requisition', but expects his father has by now decided on the right word. Supposes he will have received a copy of Robert's Sisyphus: An Operatic Fable by now: Aeschylus wrote a 'Satyric Drama' on the subject, but Robert does not expect it was 'much like' his own.

Bessie and Paul are both very well. The weather has been 'very foggy and unpleasant here lately'. The 'prospects of the Education Bill look bad', which is 'a great pity'; is also sorry for [Walter] Runciman and Charles's sake. Fears they [the Liberals] 'will be in a false position with regard to everything till we have fought and beaten the Lords': wishes the Lords 'would reject a Budget', but supposes 'that is hardly possible, even for them'. Sends love to his mother.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

Anuradhapura, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. - Glad to have had three quiet days here after recent 'rushing about'. Will go to Kandy for four or five days tomorrow; they leave Colombo for Batavia on 15 or 16 February. [Goldsworthy Lowes] Dickinson is staying for a couple of nights with an old friend between here and Kandy. Describes the ruins here, and sketches the dagobas [brick stupas] which are 'very ugly' in his opinion; the sculpture is 'conventional, and evidently made to order' but there are two reliefs of an elephant and man cut into a rock which he finds 'fine as can be'. Thinks Indian art 'disappointing on the whole', but when it does 'come off' as here, it rivals anything he has seen elsewhere. Ceylon is 'more beautiful than most of India', though they did like Travancore very much. They stayed there as 'state guests', though they only met the Maharajah, 'an amiable, conscientious, unhealthy-looking man', briefly. Mentions the night they spent at Cape Comorin, a trip into the jungle, and a 'fascinating journey by houseboat' from Trivandrum to Quilon. Travancore seems in many ways 'the best-governed native state in India', with the people 'more prosperous and better educated' than elsewhere, though they benefit from nature being 'bountiful' there. Much enjoyed their days in camp with Mr [ James Perch] Bedford, collector of Salem, before going to Travancore; their visits to Trichinopoly, Tanjore and Madura were interesting but 'very tiring'. Is glad to have good news from Bessie and his parents. Julian will have been at home for some time now; expects Sir George and Caroline will be at Welcombe. Hopes to be back in May to go to the Lake Hunt; will probably not go to Japan, but start home from Pekin [Beijing] towards the end of April. By then he will have 'seen as much of the world as [he] can reasonably want to see at one time' and will be ready to return.

Finishes the letter next day in the botanical gardens at Kandy, under a 'clump of giant bamboos' and next to a river in which he intends to bathe soon. His father would like Kandy. Has not yet seen Buddha's tooth, which they say is really a crocodile's. There were many crocodiles in the big tanks at Anuradhpura, which he did not know until he had bathed there; they saw one. There are none here in the hills. Expects he will write next from Singapore or Batavia.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Guest House, Trivandrum, Travancore. - Thinks his mother had now better send letters to him c/o Thomas Cooks at Shanghai, perhaps putting 'via Siberian Railway', which he believes is the quickest way; Robin [Price] used to have his letters to Formosa [Taiwan] addressed that way. They leave here tomorrow by canal boat for Quilon, take the train to Tuticorin then cross to Colombo, which they will reach on the morning of 5 February. They have had an interesting time here, but 'rather a full and tiring one'. The countryside is the most beautiful they have seen in India. On Friday they went by car thirty miles into the jungle, and yesterday they went to Cape Comorin, returning this morning; this is a 'fine place', a few miles south of the mountains, where the population are mostly Christian, converted by St Francis Xavier. There is a 'sort of matriarchate' here at Trivandrum, as the Navi [Nai] caste and most other except the Brahmins 'inherit through the women, who are far freer than in other parts of India, and better educated'. They called on the Maharajah [Moolam Thirunal], who was 'amiable, but rather dull'; the Dewan or chief minister [Sir Perungavur Rajagopalachari] is a 'clever and amusing man'. The country seems 'more prosperous' than other parts of India he has seen; life is 'very easy' and there are no famines; most people have some land where they grow plantains and a few coconut trees. Had meant to write to his father this time, but they have been 'so rushed about' he has not had time; hopes he will be able to in Ceylon. Is very well; Dickinson is too, though he gets tired very easily. Sees the [British] Government has 'got into trouble over the suffrage bill'; hopes this is the Speaker's fault rather than the Government's, but supposes there will be 'a lot of trouble anyhow'. Bessie and Julian seem very well; supposes Julian will be back at the Shiffolds by now; thanks his parents for having him for so long. Hopes to be back early in May; probably will not try to go to Japan. His mother said he would have had 'enough of travelling' in six or seven months, and he agrees he probably will. Has had a 'very good time in India', but it is tiring, and railway travel is 'horrible as a rule'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

Hotel de Paris, Benares. - Found his father's letter here when they arrived yesterday, after almost two weeks at Chhatapur as the guests of the Maharajah, a 'very charming and cultivated man'. Stayed longer than planned since [Goldsworthy Lowes] Dickinson was unwell for a few days due to 'indifferent food'. Has been very interesting to observe the governance of a 'native state' which the Maharajah left entirely to the Diwan or chief minister, a Brahmin and a 'very enlightened and able man' who is engaged in reform; they befriended him and the rajah's private secretary who was also chief judge, 'a Moslem and a very fine type, from the Punjab' [M. Fazal i Haq?]. Unlike the Punjabi Muslims he had met, he wishes there could be friendship between Muslims and Hindus and believes it would be possible if both sides made 'certain concessions'.

They made several expeditions to see temples and palaces while there, and found the countryside more beautiful than anything else they have seen since leaving Bombay, so it perhaps does not matter that they did not as first planned go to Jaipur and Udaipur. Tomorrow they will 'go to see the pilgrims bathing and praying on the Ghats'; [originally] enclosing a photograph of one of the main ghats; the ruined palace in the foreground collapsed about twenty years ago; thinks the other photograph looks 'Italian'. Expects his father saw Benares when he was in India. They will probably go to Goya for two nights on 18 December, then on to Calcutta for a couple of weeks or more before going south to Madras; they may pay a short visit to Darjeeling. They have now given up the plan of going to Burma, for which there is not sufficient time. Bessie seems to have been happy in the Netherlands; expects she will have fetched Julian from Wallington by now; very glad to have had 'such good accounts of him' from her and his parents. Is writing with a champak [flower] bud on his table, whose 'odour perfades [sic] the room, and is worthy of its lyrical fame'.

Postcard of Donald F. Tovey and the Joachim Quartet, Northlands

Photograph dated 20 May 1905. Postcard made from it has printed advertisement on back for 'Miss Weisse & Mr. Donald Francis Tovey's Concerts of Chamber Music, Northlands, Englefield Green | Joachim Quartette Concert, Saturday November 24th'. Addressed by hand to 'Mrs. R. C. Trevelyan, The Shiffolds, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking'.

Photograph of Count [Umberto] Morra, Nicky Mariano, and Bernard Berenson, with note from Nicky Mariano to R. C. Trevelyan on back

Casa al Dono. - Cannot remember whether he ever sent Trevy this snapshot, taken on top of Monte Secchieta last September. Read B. B. B. the extract from Trevy's 'Autobiography'; 'he liked it very much and was much amused by what you say about him and his "mytho-poeism". Will answer Trevy's letter properly as soon as she has 'got through a ghastly accumulation of letters' on her desk.

Clotilde [Marghieri] is staying with them, and also enjoyed Trevy's letter and autobiography. 'She has aged a lot too and her hair is quite white but is even more attractive mentally and as a companion than she was as a young woman'. Berenson and Nicky are happily settled at Casa al Dono; 'grieves' Nicky that Trevy has never seen it, as he would love it as she does.

Sylvia [Sprigge] is visiting next week; [she and her husband] like their home on the Via Aurelia very much. Thinks Trevy will see them in September. Alda [Anrep] is in Sorrento and Bertie [Anrep] at Forte dei Marmi.

Postscript notes that B. B. was 'delighted' to get Elizabeth's letter; thinks he has answered it.

Photograph of Bernard Berenson, with note by Nicky Mariano to Elizabeth Trevelyan on back

MS inscription beneath photograph: 'To Elizabeth Trevelyan, with the affectionate friendship of Bernard Berenson'.

Letter from Nicky Mariano to Elizabeth Trevelyan on the back, dated '29. iv. 1955'. Cannot find photograph which was reproduced in The Sketch so sends this one. Comments 'How marvellous Bob's photo is! We are both very happy to have it and touched at seeing him so lifelike in it'. B. B.'s birthday is on Jun. 26tth but he is glad to have Elizabeth's best wishes already. Nicky and B. B. are leaving tomorrow 'on our usual escape-from-too-many-visitors tour'; this time to Tripoli and Sicily.

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

Ma Retraite, Ede. - Is returning two of the books lent her by Trevelyan, both of which she much enjoyed; had no idea the "Odyssey was 'such a wonderful human poem', and wishes she could read it in Greek; the translation is 'very melodious', asks whether Greek scholars approve of it. Found Henry James's "In The Cage" most amusing, though she asks whether 'the subtle suggestive analysis of the emotions & situations sometimes leads to a little mannerism in style'; thought it very clever, and 'a very English book'. Asks if she can keep [Sir George Otto Trevelyan's] "The American Revolution" longer as she has not yet begun it. Expects her cousin [Bramine Hubrecht?] has told him they will be glad to have him as early in September as he can come. Her sister [Abrahamina Röntgen] is currently here; goes with her to Denmark for a month at the end of a month which will be 'a delightful dip into music again' as their Danish friends [the Noordewier-Reddingius family?] are very musical. Asks if Trevelyan has heard much this spring, and whether he has decided about Beyreuth. Trevelyan has been neglecting to mention [his own] "Mallow and Asphodel", which she has been enjoying very much; looks forward to reading his friend's poetry which he gave her cousin [Bramine Hubrecht?]. Is reading Keats' letters, through which '[o]ne gets to know the man very well'. Encourages Trevelyan to read a book translated from Swedish into English called "Antichrist Miracles" ["Antikrists mirakler "] by Selma Lagerlof; has 'heard it praised very much' and it is 'all about Taormina, though with different names', fears Mrs Cacciola [Trevelyan] is 'treated rather badly' but has not yet read it. Beautiful hot weather this week, 'just fit for lying in hammocks and reading' though it is easy to get last and 'even a little bicycling seems too much!'.

Postcard from Florence Cacciola Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Very glad to hear of the safe arrival of Robert (whom she calls 'Calverley')'s son Paul; she has not been well, or would have written sooner, but is now better. Hopes Elizabeth is 'well and strong again' and that the weather is good so she can get fresh air. Sends love to Mary and Charles and thanks for their letter of 20 December. Has 'never known such an unnatural winter at Taormina': there is 'much sickness - diphtheria, scarlatina, meningitis'. Her husband is well, but worried about her; the servants are 'quiet & satisfactory', the animals are all well. Sends best wishes to Paul for a 'long & happy life, full of health & prosperity'.

Part letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven, with extract from poem based on the "Mahabharata" by Trevelyan

Begins mid-sentence stating that [his brother George's book "The Age of Wycliffe"] is 'a good piece of history', which shows up John of Gaunt as 'a sort of 14th century Taman[n]y ring boss'. Also recommends Rostand's "Les Romanesques", which he read recently and things is even better than "Cyrano". Cannot think of any more modern books for the moment; fears his list is 'chiefly composed of friends' and relations' books'; [Roger] Fry is also bringing out his book on Bellini soon, which is well worth getting. Asks Elizabeth to tell Mrs Grandmont that the Frys would like her to visit when she is in England; gives their address. He himself is getting a house near Dorking at Westcott, and will move in September, when he will be within a mile of the Frys; the house he is giving up at Haslemere is, though, very beautiful.

Supposes she has been back from Taormina a while; asks her to send some photographs, especially the ones of 'Mrs. Cacc. [Florence Cacciola Trevelyan] and the dogs' and himself in the loggia. The last few days of scirocco were 'a great bore', but he almost forgives it for preventing the trip up Monte Xerito as it 'made [them] those splendid waves among the rocks'; it also 'put [Elizabeth's] fiddle out of sorts' though, so he could not hear any more Bach suites. Heard Isaye [sic: Ysaÿe] play one yesterday, as well as the Mendelsohn concerto; he was in good form, and he will hear him again playing the Beethoven. Is having a musical week, as he has already seen Paderewski, for the first time, and will hear [Wagner's] "Tristram" tomorrow. 'Paddy was great fun, at all events to look at'; thinks he played a Chopin concerto better than the Beethoven. Spends most of his time at the British Museum library when he is in London; has found a translation of [Joost van den] Vondel there by a Dutch American; it is 'very conscientious and scholarly' but he does not think much of the blank verse; still, he can now go on where Elizabeth left off. Would like to know when Mrs G[randmont] is coming to England, and if Elizabeth is likely to be in London so he can 'make a display of [his] extensive and profound knowledge of Italian painting in the National Gallery'. Not sure whether he is going to Bayreuth yet; discusses times he could come to Holland.

Suggests older books she should read: Keats's letters, most of which are available in Sidney Colvin's edition though he advises getting Buxton Forman's four volume edition with the poetry; Butcher and Lang's translation of the "Odyssey"; Meinhold's "Sidonia the Sorceress" and "Amber Witch", translated by Lady Wilde and Lady Duff Gordon. Could lend her all of these books, as well as [Henry James's] "In a Cage" and his brother and father's books . Asks her to write with news and to say when would be best for him to come to Holland; he will write soon to the Grandmonts when he sends them [Thomas Sturge?] Moore's book. Thinks he remembers Elizabeth said she had never read Jane Austen; she should read them all, especially "Mansfield Park", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma". Breaks off mid -sentence: 'by advising to...': 9/71 forms the rest of the letter.

A portion of what seems to be a poem by Robert Trevelyan based on the "Mahabharata", with some explanatory notes, is found with this letter but not referred to in it

Exercise book with diary by R. C. Trevelyan

Trevelyan has filled in the sections printed on the front: 'Written by' with 'R.C.T'; 'Commenced' with 27 August 1923 [looks like 8]; 'School' with 'Ἡ ΓΗ' ['The Earth' in Ancient Greek]. Notes in his first entry that he has been reading Ponsonby's book ["English Diaries" by Arthur Ponsonby] which has inspired him to start this diary.

Mentions of Mabel [Godwin?], Marian [?], Alice, Bert and Bobbie Elms; Bessie and Julian; his parents; Miles Malleson and his wife [Joan] and uncle [Philip Malleson]; O[liver] Simon at the "Fleuron" (who asks him to translate the "Acts of the Apostles", to be illustrated by Paul Nash); Miss Ewing [later wife of Walter Rea], Nicky Mariano; Bernard and Mary Berenson; Frances and Arthur Dakyns (visiting the Ponsonbys at Fernhurst); his brother George (who has written to the "Times" saying the matter between Greece and Italy should be referred to the Powers not the League of Nations); Margaret and Ralph Vaughan Williams and their mother; Mrs [Jane] Russell Rea; Irene [Cooper Willis or Noel-Baker]; 'Miss [blank left], with whom Rennier had an affair. She is now private secretary to [Henry?] Hamilton Fyfe'; Francis Birrell; Clifford and Joan Allen; 'an Italian-French lady' whom Trevelyan had met at I Tatti; Barbara Strachey; [Simon] Bussy [paintings by]; John Rodker 'and his child [Joan] by Sonia [Cohen]'; a 'nice rather muddle-headed young man.. Labour candidate for Petersfield' [Dudley Aman]; Bertrand Russell.

Works on: translations of Theocritus; his 'Flood poem' ["The Deluge"]; possible continuation of "Pterodamozels"; review of books on metre by Lascelles Abercrombie and E[gerton Smith] (Smith is the first person he has 'attacked' in a review; wonders if Desmond MacCarthy will think his comments 'too strong); review of Sturge Morre's "Judas" for Leonard Woolf at the "Nation"; his 'Pandora play'.

Reads (as well as Ponsonby, and sometimes with Julian): the "Manchester Guardian", Spenser's "Mother Hubbard ['s Tale]", Epicharmus, "Henry IV pt 1", Phaedrus, Macaulay, Aristophanes, the 'Summer number' of Julian's "Hurtenham Magazine", Lucian, the "Mikado"; Ssuma Ch'ien [Sima Qian]; Hastings' "Dictionary of the Bible" [at the London Library]; a "Classical Review" with Duff and Bailey on Lucretius; Molly MacCarthy's autobiography ["A Nineteenth-Century Childhood", 'Very charming']

Letter from E. M. Forster to Elizabeth Trevelyan

West Hackhurst, Abinger Hammer, Dorking. - As well as a letter from Bessie, has just received one from 'a shady but nice Frenchman' and an invitation from the World Movement against Fascism to go to Abyssinia on a mission. Is glad to hear better news of Bessie: would be good if the operation could be postponed until her nursing home is ready. Has brought Anwar Masood down to visit. Is going away to Dorset for three days on Sunday, and on holiday with Bob [Buckingham] on the 24th: they have been lent a car for the English part. News of Buckingham’s wife [May] not good; she has been very nice about wanting him to go.

Letter from E. M. Forster to Elizabeth Trevelyan

W[est] H[ackhurst]. - Very glad she liked the 'Broadcast on T. E. [Lawrence]', which has been 'successful, as my utterances go' and he had 'fan mail' waiting on his return from Norfolk. Had a 'pleasant time' there, partly with the Kennets and partly with the Sprotts; the first part being '"tough" - bathin', sailin' and so on', which he 'quite enjoyed, and the second 'more archaeological'. Saw Binham Abbey; 'the strange modern rival goings on at Walsingham'; Houghton [Hall], built by Sir Robert Walpole, over which the 'present nobb [?] owner [George, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley]' showed them for five shillings each; and Felbrigg Hall, owned by a 'fat young acquaintance' of Forster, Robert Windham Ketton-Cremer so therefore seen for nothing. Got 'so enthusiastic' over sightseeing, that in London he took his Baedeker and 'went round the Royal Tombs in Westminster Abbey'.

Is now at home, 'seeing that the outside of the house gets painted'; asks her to let him know when she returns. Will be 'pleased to make young George's [son of Sir Charles Trevelyan?] acquaintance'; he had been visiting the Kennets and Lady Kennet' was very much on to him as she is to all young and personable men. I don't think she does them much good!'

Expects she is still in the north, but will send this to The Shiffolds since 'it contains nothing of importance except my love'. Is here until Friday, when he is going away for a weekend with the Woolfs; not a good time to go, as he is 'so irritated and bored by Virginia's Three Guineas that I don't know what to do. Such an endless ill-tempered prate, and so badly-written in the true sense of writing. She wants a pill [?] she do'. However, is sure he will be 'charmed and captivated' when he sees her.

Letter from E. M. Forster to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Greatwood, Falmouth, Cornwall. - Has had a pleasant week with Lord Stonehaven, head of the Conservative Central Office; conversation on Beaverbrook and Mosley has been congenial though international relations and war have been more difficult topics. Much likes Hilton [Young]. Has enjoyed seeing Lady Falmouth [Kathleen, wife of 7th Viscount Falmouth?] and taking tea at the Orangery at Trevissick. Is going tomorrow to see the Arnold Forsters. Has been reading Augustine's Confessions with interest; wonders why religion makes people 'so denunciatory'; possible role of religion 'for the masses' of making the world 'more odd and interesting' as 'cultivation' does for him. Two children here: Wayland Hilton Young, who is 'competent, cocky and insolent', and his friend Tony White, whose mother might know the 'C. Trevys', and who suffers like Forster from night-terrors exacerbated by Hilton's reading aloud of [Conan Doyle's] 'The Speckled Band'.

Postcard from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

Postmarked Weybridge; forwarded to Trevelyan at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, S.W.1. - Jokes about the inaccuracies of the model of Salisbury Cathedral on the postcard. Will be at West Hackhurst for a week from tomorrow, and wonders if Trevelyan might be able to visit. Sends love to J[ulian]. A note from Elizabeth Trevelyan suggests her husband should come home via Gomshall and see Forster on the way: he should also try to persuade him to visit.

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