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Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian
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Letter from Henry Sidgwick to E.M. Young

Explains that he put off writing to Young until it had been decided whether or not Everett should be elected to 'the [Apostles] Society'. Announces that he had been accepted, and refers to him as 'a very clever man.' Refers to his declaration as 'very extravagant and Americans' and reports that 'old Martin was astonished.' States that now Trevelyan, Thompson and Jebb are gone down, a new and rather striking element is needed. Reports on recent discussions, including Trevelyan's speech criticising young men who give up their early ambitions and become schoolmasters. The latter being 'all for the edification of Fisher'. Remarks that Heathcote is 'still rather below the average of an Apostle but still he is improving.' Reports that there has been nothing heretical so far. Declares that he wishes to relieve himself of the charge of having recommended Goldwin Smith as a heretical work. States that it always gives him indigestion to read the Quarterly Review. Refers to the controversy between G. Smith and Mansel, which 'is rather metaphysical than theological'. Agrees with Young that illness has the effect of clearing away doubts. Declares that '[t]he Union is falling again rather'. [Incomplete]

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

States that he has been at Trinity College about a week, trying to write an article, but claims that he has been ill and shall probably be delayed. Does not think that solitary life agrees with his constitution, but clings to it because he believes that it helps him to concentrate his mind. Declares that he enjoyed his holiday very much, 'particularly the three weeks at the Lake [with G. O. Trevelyan and Edward Young].' Remarks that although he was happy in Dorsetshire, 'it was very melancholy being with poor Cowell', who is quite ill.

Reminds his mother of her invitation to [Charles Kegan] Paul to come to Rugby, and announces that he has asked him to come the following Easter. Does not know whether he will bring Mrs Paul or not. Asks her to send a volume of Fichte, and any books with library marks on them. Hopes to come to visit her on 3 October for a week. Explains that that is the day the Union Library opens and he wants to get some books 'before the country clergy have gone off with them all. Announces that it is thought that J. B. Mayor will be the new Professor of Moral Philosophy.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Regrets to say that he will not see William the following week. Reports that the latter has written to say that he does not feel well enough to come to the 'Ad Eundem'. Informs her that the marmalade has arrived, 'and is very nice.' Asks her to tell Arthur that they 'lost "the whole ticket" at the elections to Council.' Does not think that it will much matter, and states that '[t]he questions which are coming to the front now in Academic affairs are not of a party character.' Regrets to see that the same state of affairs does not exist 'in the metropolis: and that the worst features of Parliamentary Elections are to be introduced into the Elections of school-boards in the Metropolis'. States that he allowed his name to be put on Miss [Garrett]'s committee for Marylebone. Has learnt that the elections are to cost about £1,000 per candidate, and Miss [Garrett], 'standing on principles of peculiar p[ ] will only spend £500.' Adds that it is 'a terrible waste of money.' Reports that Trevelyan has been there 'in a very triumphant and anti-military state.' Quotes Seeley on opposition to a reform. Asks her opinion of Myers' last poem in Macmillan['s Magazine]. Thinks it 'very fine', and remarks that Myers' ability 'to write anything so like Pope shows great versatility of style.' Adds that he is glad that she liked Catherine Symonds.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to Mary "Minnie" Benson

Announces that he is in the midst of scenery [in Carnarvon], 'which is not first-rate but very pleasing...', and comments on its similarity to the Lakes. Predicts that he shall enjoy himself much, as they have 'much exhilarating good fellowship and good talk at breakfast and in the evening: George Trevelyan, especially, being a well-spring of both.' States that he intends to be there for at least a week, returning to London probably early in September. Claims that he is behind with his work, and thinks that when the holiday is over, he shall have to work hard on till Christmas.

Asks her to thank their mother for her letter [101/176], which he intends to answer soon. Refers to [his cousin] Annie's remark as 'discriminative', and explains that the reason he chose to comment on 'that particular essay of Arnold's was not because it was the most impudent, but because it seemed the most complete and decisive enumeration of his theory of life.' States that he was glad to get Arthur's address, but does not think he will be sending a letter to him in Switzerland. Is glad to hear of her progress. Encloses 'a little poem' [not included], which he cut out of a magazine, and also 'a German effusion' of his [not included]. Advises her to get hold of Rückert's Selected works if she ever feels inclined to break new ground in German poetry. [Incomplete?]

Letter from C. Kegan Paul to Henry Sidgwick

Asks Sidgwick if he has mastered Hegelian philosophy. Reminds him that they are all looking to him or John Mozley or both to tell them what he [Hegel] means. Remarks that [Septimus?] Hansard once said that 'he conceived his 'mission' was to translate Maurice to the people. Refers to W.D. Rawlin's 'funny voyage to America with Tom Hughes; remarks that '[w]hatever else it does for him it will probably deliver him from the [ ] represented by The Kiss of Peace.' Asks Sidgwick if he knows who wrote G[ ] Balz. Suspects that it might be Trevelyan, 'if it is not too good for the writer of C[ ].' Hopes to see Sidgwick at Christmas. Reports that he took Louis back to Eton, mainly in order that he may see Cornish, who, he reports, is quite well, and has not yet learnt the Gospel according to Matthew. Claims that it is not easy to have too many Cornishes, 'if they all take after their father.' [incomplete]

Paul, Charles Kegan (1828-1902) publisher

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

The Shiffolds. - Thanks his mother for her letter, and the sausages, which were 'much appreciated by Julian'. Mrs Ribàr [?] is staying here for a week. Will go up to London tomorrow, and stay at 14 Great College St for a night with Molly; thinks Charles is away. Is glad his mother likes the Tagore stories; some of them are 'a bit weak. and they certainly lose something in translation; but the best of them are really beautiful, and moving'.

The 'Russian Revolution is a splendid affair, and the best news we have had in our time'; possible that it may 'prolong the war a little', though he doubts it. Hopes that 'we too in England may soon recover our lost freedom'. Very glad that Booa [Mary Prestwich] is 'getting on well [after illness]'. Sends thanks to his father for sending 'the paper by Professor Herford', which much interested him; will write about it soon. Bessie and Julian are well. They are having 'storms every few hours, but the snow does not lie'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

The Shiffolds, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking. - Sees there is something in his father's last letter [12/276], which he 'ought to have answered at once', about his National Liberal Club subscription. Spoke to the Secretary last winter, and agreed that in future Robert would be a 'country member'; the subscription is therefore three guineas, not six. His 'domicile is in the country', and he is 'very little in town' so it was 'quite unnecessary' for him to have been a town member recently.

There is a delay with the publication of his translation, Lucretius on Death, but hopes to send it in two or three weeks. The weather is 'as bad, if not worse, than ever'; they are however all well.

Adds a postscript saying that they are reading Wells' Mr Polly; likes it 'almost as well as Kipps, which it somewhat resembles'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

Paris. - Is glad that his parents 'have made a safe migration to Welcombe', and that his mother is well. Has recently been very busy preparing his catalogue [of books in the Friends War Victims Relief Committee's library], which is 'now printed, and will appear tomorrow as a Supplement to Reconstruction, our Monthly paper'; will send his father a copy. Has bought almost six hundred books for 971.80 francs, and thinks has got his money's worth on the whole. The other books 'belong to various members of the Mission, or to local équipe libraries'. 'Already, nearly a hundred books have been taken out by individuals'; has 'also lent about 350 to the local équipe libraries, and shall lend more from time to time'.

Sometimes sees 'quite interesting people' in the evenings, French, American, and English. Young [Francis] Birrell, his 'chief friend on the Mission', is coming up to Paris from Verdun soon 'to look after our publicity department, the purpose of which is to get money from America and England to carry on our work'. Robert follows politics as closely as he can from the newspapers, but 'of course hear nothing at first hand, except sometimes about French politics'. Does not know 'what will come of it all'; is 'not very hopeful' for his own lifetime, but 'cannot help hoping that the new world will be a better world one than the old one for Julian and his contemporaries when they are men and women'.

Is glad Aunt Annie will stay with his parents 'for some time'; asks his father to give his love to her when she comes; also to his mother, to whom he will write soon.

Letter from Roger Fry to R. C. Trevelyan

Does not know why Trevelyan has not received the enclosed [now missing: an invitation for Fry's exhibition at the Alpine Club?]: Trevelyan's father says he cannot come but has the dates wrong. Is fascinated by [Forster's] "The Longest Journey": reminds him more of Gorky than anything else. Logan [Pearsall Smith], however, 'kicks at it'. Is going to Perugia tomorrow for the Exhibition ["Mostra di antica arte umbra"]. Helen is much better. Does not think they will manage the Tovey concerts this time. A postscript notes that [William John?] Evelyn will not agree to the necessary improvements, so the Frys are still househunting.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter. Is 'glad Papa saw the Queen', and wonders what she is like. The Eton boys came on Tuesday, and Wixenford 'licked them 1-0'; Robert was 'in the eleven'. There was a paper chase on Wednesday, which was a 'very good one'; Tomlin was 'hare'. As well as eleven Eton boys, three came from Winchester, and played on the Wixenford side. S[ackville?] West came yesterday; Robert thinks for the last time this term. Sends love to all.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Is sorry his mother is unwell; glad it is not serious. A boy called Weston wants to swap butterflies with him; asks if she thinks any would break if she brought his box from home when she comes. Is glad Charlie 'has got those eggs' [also a reference to butterfly collecting?]. The school began bathing on Thursday and the weather is 'beautifully fine'. Adds a postscript saying that he has not caught any butterflies yet, but has a 'Gold tail moth caterpillar'. Hopes his father, Aunt Margaret, and Georgie are well. Has got enough medicine, but Miss Bartlett said his mother might as well bring another 'bottle of Pancraticus, not the milky stuff'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 40 Ennismore Gardens, SW]. Thanks his mother for her letter, and asks her to thank his father for his. The school beat Mortimer one-nil, with Holt ma[jor] getting the goal. It was 'raining leaves as well as rain' during the match, and the 'ground was one mass of mud' and very slippery. By the end they were 'all covered with a thick coating of mud from head to foot' and he does not think their flannels will ever get clean; wishes Booa [Mary Prestwich] could have seen his new shirt. Grandpapa [Sir Charles Trevelyan or Robert Needham Philips] has sent him and Georgie a pound each, and they have both thanked him. Georgie has had a 'slight cold'. Adds a postscript asking if his mother knows whether [Nugent?] Hicks 'has got his dubble[sic]'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 40 Ennismore Gardens, SW]. Mr Arnold is 'much better'; he asked Robert to let his parents know this when Robert saw him again yesterday. Is glad to hear Charlie is well enough to go back [to school]. He and G[eorge] are 'getting on very well'. Sorry she is having such bad weather; it was 'very fine' here this morning, but this afternoon there was rain and a little snow. Does not expect there will be any matches this term because of Mr Arnold's illness. Hopes his father is 'quite well'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 40 Ennismore Gardens, SW]. Thanks his parents for their letters. Mr Arnold is 'getting much better'; Robert has been working with him for the last week on his Greek and Latin Prose. Robert's mother asked in her last letter when she could next visit; asks his father to tell her that Mr Arnold will not be well enough for about a fortnight, and Robert will let her know when he has recovered sufficiently. G[eorge] is 'getting on very well'. Has just finished reading a book called The Carved Cartoon [by Austin Clare] about the plague and fire of London. Is glad Charlie has returned to school and is all right.

Letter from E. P. Arnold to Caroline Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Looking forward to re-assembling on 21 April, and hopes that they will see 'little Calverley' [at school]; they will do their 'best to understand him and help him and make him happy'. Is likely to be 'passing through town' during the holidays; will let her know the exact dates when they are confirmed, and will be 'most glad' to call at home 'or wherever it is most convenient for Mr Trevelyan'.

Is happy that, since Mr Trevelyan wrote to him, they have 'succeeded admirably' with one boy at Harrow the 'son of Mr Tomlin of 40 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park", who 'took Lower Remove' when he went to Harrow last September, and by the end of the term was first; according to Dr Butler he beat 'two very able entrance scholars' to do so. Knows that Mr Trevelyan was keen to know that Wixenford really do their 'utmost to get a boy on to the best place that his powers might admit of, without over-pressuring him. Arnold's friend, and predecessor as head, Mr Powles, examined all the boys last term and 'gave a very good report of them'; trusts that the teaching at Wixenford will continue to improve. William Egerton, Mordaunt Lawson and Hugh Walford (6 Cromwell Gardens, Queen's Gate), all go to Harrow at the end of this term, but he regrets none of them can expect to be placed highly, as they are 'not even if our little first class here'. They hope one boy will 'take a high place at Eton after Easter', and that 'Mr Arthur Guest's son will pass well into the Britannia next term'.

Apologises for writing so much about his 'little people', but expects that the Trevelyans know some of them and will also be interested for the sake of their 'own little boy'. Encloses a paper with a list of the clothes and other things which boys usually bring, and one about Exeats [included, see 110/3].

Mrs Arnold sends her regards, and hopes that when summer comes Mrs Trevelyan will be able to visit Robert at school. Arnold adds a postscript thanking Mrs Trevelyan for her 'kind concern at our scarlatina trouble'; they have certainly had an 'anxious time', but all the invalids have returned and are doing well.

The enclosed printed letter headed 'EXEATS' is dated July 1881; it states that on the request of parents children may be permitted to leave school once per term, from 11.30 am on Saturday till 1.30 pm the following Monday, or from 11.20 on Wednesday till 1.30 the following day. Mr Arnold is keen that exits be kept to a minimum, as 'they have often a very unsettling effect on the boy', and may also introduce 'infectious illness' into the school.

Letter from E. P. Arnold to Caroline Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Luckily his time in London this holidays coincides with the Trevelyans' return: he will be able to come to the Admiralty on the 18th [April] and try to be there for 11 am. Miss Bartlett (the matron) will be glad to have instructions about health, and asks what infectious diseases Bobbie has had. Thinks he mentioned that the school will 'meet after Easter on April 21st'; a master will always travel on the 2.05 train from Wixenford to escort boys whose parents wish it, but expects she will be able to bring Bobbie herself this first time. His wife joins him in 'kind regards'.

Letter from E. P. Arnold to Caroline Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Knows she will forgive him for putting off replying to her letter of 19th September, and thanks her for this. Bobbie 'is very much grown; he looks pale at time', but Arnold thinks he has 'gained in tone' since returning to school, and sees 'from his work in the gymnasium that he is strong and healthy'. The 'childishness' which Mrs Trevelyan noticed in him in the holidays is the aspect which 'needs most reform and which must stand in his way till it is cured'; he has 'decidedly improved' so far this term, and Arnold hopes that 'now he is becoming one of the big boys in the school' this will continue. As Sellar has left the school, Arnold has had to choose a new boy for Bobbie's bedroom; has chosen Tom Booth since 'Bobbie liked to have him' and Arnold thought it would be good for him to have 'the responsibility of being "head of the room"'. The other boys in the room are Hugo Law 'who is doing very well' and 'a son of Colonel [T. H.] Lewin (connected with the late historian Grote)'.

Is teaching Bobbie himself 'for a good many hours' - half of both his Greek and Latin lessons - and he 'seems to be making a good start'; hopes Bobbie will soon 'do something worthy of being sent to his Father'. Gerard Sellar 'seems to be settling down comfortably at Eton', where he 'took a very fair place - not high of course', but Arnold thinks he is 'sure to get on'. Sellar 'writes very nice intelligent letters about his first experiences' and is 'becoming happy' there.

Letter from E. P. Arnold to R. C. Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Has been meaning to write for 'some days', but has spent 'the last few lovely days almost entirely outdoors', as he hopes Bobbie has also done. Knows Bobbie does not need to be told how 'greatly delighted' Arnold is that all his work has been 'rewarded with success'. They tried their best to 'persuade one another.. it did not so much matter which way things went in the [Harrow entrance] examination', but Arnold is 'not too proud to confess' that since success is 'one of the most practical tests of good work', he at least 'hold[s] greatly to results'. Thanks Bobbie for his 'kind letter' and the postcard sent from Oxford, and offers congratulations.

Is 'much interested by the papers'; probably by now Bobbie will have seen what Mr Bowen said in a letter Arnold sent to Mrs Trevelyan. This was 'not all praise', and Bobbie 'shocked the examiners with blunders', as well as Arnold, but he 'also delighted them all through'. Arnold will 'sadly.. miss' their 'pleasant lessons together'. Thinks that what delighted the examiners is the 'permanent part', and that Bobbie will 'entirely get over' the errors which shocked them if he works hard over the next few years; 'Precision and accuracy is not a talent [Bobbie has] by nature', but he should take courage from the 'great strides' he has already made and feel it is in his power to fit himself 'for the highest achievements' over the next eight or nine years before he takes his degree at Cambridge. Arnold thinks that success which comes from hard work is superior to that which come only from talent without much effort.

Has had good news from Tomlin and from Leveson and Lawrence at Eton. Tomlin, 'not a scholar, mind you', writes that he was first in his form: first in classics, second in mathematics and natural science, and fourth in modern languages, with a prize for 'coming out top in Pupil-room'; he writes that he is 'so glad to see Trevelyan got a scholarship'. Arnold notes that Tomlin has 'done so well since he went to Harrow, without ever flagging', that he intends to give the Wixenford boys a half-holiday in his honour next term. Supposes they may have one in Trevelyan's honour: when Hicks got a scholarship, 'some fellows' said something about a whole holiday. Will give another half-holiday if Trevelyan is 'top of Lower Remove twice in the 3 first fortnights marks'

It is the 'peculiarity of Wixenford boys to wear well', though they do not 'always show all they know at first'; if Robert had not been 'unfortunate' in the Latin prose paper and the 'Greek passage about military tactics', he would undoubtedly have been placed much higher. Arnold wonders if he was hurried in the prose, as he thought an hour and a half short for this. Will be interested to hear what Robert's father thought of the prose Robert took home from Wixenford to show him: Arnold himself considered it 'very promising'. The Greek passage was not harder than many Robert had tried; supposes he went wrong somewhere and 'could not find the red thread again'; the verses were a 'triumph'.

Mrs Arnold sends good wishes and congratulations. Arnold will certainly not forget 'dear Bob', who should come and visit; sometimes Harrow holidays begin before Wixenford's, and then he can visit George. Robert can also send news occasionally 'as short epistles'; apologises for the length of this one. It is kind of Robert to send a present; will find it when they return on Monday, hopes it will be Robert's 'last photograph'. as he will have to have another one taken with his 'new honours'.

Hopes Robert is 'getting plenty of rest and enjoyment' on his holiday, and that George is also having 'plenty of fun'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Otto Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland]: - Thanks his father for his letter. Also read his father's letter to Charlie and 'was very interested in it'; thinks when he grows up and has 'read all about it' he will 'enjoy it very much'. He and Charlie went to 'tea with Mr Howson on Sunday', and he 'saw Agnes there, for the first time' [E. W. Howson had recently married Agnes Butler]; they were 'both very interesting'. Thinks Charlie is nearly well now, and usually 'goes down to footer'; Robert is enjoying it very much. His house is not as bad this year as it used to be at footer, as they were 'only just beaten by Weldon's in the house-match'. Has had 'several more verses sent up', he thinks seven altogether. Temple, the Bishop of London, preached on Sunday. Is going to 'try hard to come out first' in one of the remaining fortnights this term, at least 'never to be lower than third'. Was not as low in French, but must try to do better still. Thinks he will 'certainly be higher in tells [?]' though is not sure where.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland]: - Thanks his mother for her letter. Is sorry that he has not written earlier; has been working hard this fortnight to 'come out high' in his form. Charlie has 'done very well' and come twelfth, gaining a place. Robert won the 'carrying race', mainly as he was drawn with Stephenson, who is 'nearly the lightest' in their house; they each get two shillings. Thinks he also gets something for being third in the half mile, but is not sure. Came first in his heat 'for the small house hundreds', but has 'no chance in the final'.

Supposes Georgie will be 'coming home on the Friday'. Asks if they will stay in London from 'the Tuesday to the Thursday'. Will try to keep his place for the last remaining week, but it will 'not count much'. Vanity [A. G. Watson] is going to Greece tomorrow, so Moss and Owen will take Robert's form; Lascelles is taking Watson's house.

Is glad his father is 'so well'. Thinks they will have 'a very happy holidays'. Hallam saw Robert today and said that he should 'go in for the Latin Epigrams [prize]'. Will have to talk to his father about it in the holidays, since it is a 'very important prize' and he should not enter it unless he can 'do a really good epigram'. Will have all holiday to consider it.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland]: - Heard from Mr Bowen that she was planning to come down 'if it was fine to see the torpids'; is glad that she did not as it was so windy they were put off till next Saturday. There are 'no absits this term, at least at the beginning' so they [he and Charlie] could not come on Saturday. Charlie 'seems very well now', though Robert is 'not a very good judge of that sort of thing'; he had a headache last Sunday but Robert thinks he is better now. Has been 'out running twice', and much enjoyed it. Mr Bowen asked him to send the enclosed paper [no longer present] to her and his father: it is about the football, and some of it is 'very good'. Is glad to hear about the election they [the Liberals] have won, and hopes they will win the rest. Adds a postscript saying that he is reading [The Count of] Monte Cristo, 'but not so as to interfere with my work'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On mourning paper for 8 Grosvenor Crescent, S.W.]:- Thanks his mother for her letter and the autographs. Only came fourth [in his form] last fortnight; thinks this is mainly because he 'did a bad fair-copy-noter', since he was top both times in the marks. Is getting on well this fortnight, and is 'top by 20 marks during the first week's questions'. a 'good start'.

Had a drawing exercise yesterday evening, in which they had to illustrate the Homer for this term; Robert 'can not draw in the very least' so does not think his illustrations were a 'great success'. 'Bossy's form' is 'about the least unclassical in the school', since Bossy [Reginald Bosworth Smith?] 'cares so much about History and Geography and subjects of that sort', so things are 'rather more difficult' for Robert.

They [he and Charlie?] are 'going to tea again tonight with old [J. W.?] Cunningham' [see also 101/137]. Trials are 'coming on soon', so Robert will have to work hard. Hopes his father is well. Is writing to Mr Arnold today. Was very hot today; thinks they will have more hot weather soon.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Otto Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland]: - Thanks his father for his letter. Apologises for being 'rather slow in writing this week'; 'will make a point of writing on Sunday' another time. His form are reading 'the 5th book of the Aeniad [sic] and the Seven against Thebes; later they will also read some Cicero, but he does not yet know what; they will go 'straight on in the Thucidides' [sic].

Does not know where he will be placed in his form this week, but he has 'worked [his] best'. Did not do very well at the beginning, 'through not knowing his [teacher's] ways', but has been 'getting on better lately. Has 'had some verses sent up' and is 'working hard at them'. Thinks Charlie is 'getting on very well in Hallam's form'.

The torpid matches will be soon; his house are 'very good this year and... even have a chance of being cock-house'. He and Charlie are both 'quite well now'. Hopes his mother is well. Is 'so glad to hear that Meta [his cousin] is better. The weather is 'very cold here and it has been freezing a great deal'. Last Sunday, some boys 'made a row in the grove, and chased the chickens', so Mr Bowen has closed the grove for now; Robert was not involved. This Saturday there will be a 'whole holiday'. Hopes Spider is well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[on headed notepaper for 8 Grosvenor Crescent; envelope postmarked 23 Mar 1888]:- Is sorry to say that he has 'very bad news' again, but that 'it is nothing to do with idleness, or inattention...' since he does not 'think there is a master who can deny' that he has 'worked really well' in the last fortnight. Last term, Robert used to help a boy called Roffey with his iambics, which is not against the rules since 'a sixth form has a right to give help' which is recognised by masters if 'in moderation'. Roffey is 'not a clever boy, but one of that large class who do as little work as they can'. Robert used to talk to Charlie about it, who did not think there was anything wrong in helping boys like that who do not want to get on as long as it does not inconvenience the helper.

This term Robert did more, and 'often did the whole exercise' for Roffey, not as well as he could but 'making mistakes purposely', so that Roffey in fact got higher marks when he did the work himself. Robert says this to prove that he did not help to make Roffey 'get his remove', which Roffey did not wish to get and often said he 'preferred remaining where he was': Roffey was 'simply lazy' and Robert 'good-natured'. Last night Bowen found Robert doing Roffey's exercizes, and saw it as the two of them 'conspiring together to cheat and overreach Mr Watson', thinking that Roffey was doing it to get his remove. Robert sees that Bowen has 'a right to be very angry, and to punish [Robert] as severely as he chooses', but that as he was not doing his best in the exercises, he will 'maintain... until the end' that he was not conspiring to cheat anyone, but just out of good nature; that he did not do it 'from compulsion', though it was hard to stop once he had begun, and it 'never interfered with work'. Does 'not think it a very disgraceful thing, but... a very foolish and weak thing to have done' so much of it; his parents and the masters have 'a right to be very angry' with him and he 'cannot complain at any punishment' he gets. Is more worried about the 'trouble and distress' it will give his parents than anything which will happen to him.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

They have now had all their 'hard trials except one'; thinks he has done well. Came out 'first in quarter marks', but does not yet know by how much. Asks if she as well as his father are 'coming down to Watson's on Saturday'. Only two boys are leaving from their house: one he is 'very sorry is going, the other rather glad'. Thinks Charlie is well. Strutt was 'very ill a few nights ago', but has now recovered; it was probably caused by 'some poison, possibly tinned sardines'. He was 'very bad indeed, and Mr Bowen was frightened'. Hopes Georgie is all right, and that his holidays start near Robert and Charlie's.

There has been a bad fog all morning, which has not yet entirely disappeared. Mr Woodhouse said Robert should come and see him before the end of term or at the beginning of the holidays; supposes he will have time to see him.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 8 Grosvenor Crescent, S.W.]:- Is 'so very sorry to hear about Grandpapa Trevelyan [his illness or death?], it is very sad indeed'. Thanks his mother for the hamper, which he and Blackwood greatly enjoyed. Thinks he and Charlie are getting on very well; they both went to tea with Mr [J. W.?] Cunningham, who Robert thinks has the house G. O. Trevelyan stayed in when he first went to Harrow. Mr Cunningham is old and 'very pleasant'.

Thinks there will be a rehearsal of the speech day tomorrow. It is 'very cold', and if the weather continues he thinks he will 'not go to ducker [the outdoor swimming pool]'. Has received a letter from Mr Arnold, who says they [Wixenford School] have won a match against Mortimer: the school seems to be 'getting better at games'. Hopes Georgie is well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper with monogram 'HPC' for the Harrow Philathletic Club]:- Thanks his parents for their letters; will be writing to his father soon. Was 'on to construe' recently, and 'got through all right', though he was 'not very fluent, which was caused by over-anxiety'; will not mind next time. Sanderson has put off his return again, until Thursday; hopes he really does come then. Is 'very sorry about Georgie' [who is ill]; it will be 'a great disappointment to him for his examination'; will write to him this week.

Thinks his essay was not very good; it was at least 'a very hurried one': he thought for a long time about the beginning and therefore wasted his time, 'thus the beginning is bad and the rest hurried'. Does not think it is good enough to send home, and does not want to do so 'unless by some chance it is approved of'. Is now making porridge 'in considerable quantities', as are others in his house. Is reading The Light of Asia [by Sir Edwin Arnold], and 'other works by various authors'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Is very glad that his mother can come next Tuesday, when he will have 'nothing to do'. The examinations start tomorrow; at first they are not too hard, with only natural science tomorrow. Is not doing much now, as 'it is no good working too hard just before'. Would very much like to see Macbeth [the Irving/Terry production at the Lyceum?], especially if they can 'all go together'.

Will be 'very glad to get home' as sports are 'not very interesting unless you yourself take part in them. Does not think Charlie means to do much sport, but he is 'practicing up in gymnastics, for his house will be champion house'. Is pleased they [the Liberals] won the Kennington [by-]election, and hopes they will also win the next two [Gorton and Enfield?]; they 'seem to be going uphill'.

It is good that Bathgate found the books [at Wallington?] as Robert will want them, 'especially next holidays'. Sends love to his father.

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