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Smith, Sir Grafton Elliot (1871-1937) Knight, anatomist and anthropologist
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Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - Did not know W. J. Perry had delivered a Frazer lecture, has never heard him say a word against Frazer, is sorry the lecture won't be included in the volume [of Frazer Lectures he is editing], will list it in the Introduction; is making Rivet's footnotes uniform, see that Rivet adopted the diffusion theory in his lecture; believes some controversy is good in a book as long as it is not personal as Marett's lecture was [about Elliot Smith]; does not think there is a need for galley proofs but could save money by going straight to page-form.

Letter from Edward Clodd to J. G. Frazer

Aldeburgh - Has been to Rome with his wife, went to the Mithraic Temple at San Clemente, had many talks with Father Delaney; writes of the state of religion: thinks the church is stagnating; thinks politicians should take a course in the study of anthropology, adding the study of heredity; thinks Dean Inge in his 'Outspoken Essays' understands the times, and admires his 'Idea of Progress'; Bury's book of the same name claims that 'the number of civilizations which have reached a given stage and gone under, is beyond compute'; agrees that Germany should pay for her 'brigandage' but thinks money should be advanced to pay the miners to dig the coal that France needs; Frazer writes of [Oliver] Lodge and [Arthur Conan] Doyle, and Clodd quotes Sir Bryan Donkin that he classes Doyle among the 'mentally defective'; he is publishing a book 'Magic in Names'; wonders if Frazer is going to supplement 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament' as Frazer has said that it hung on the issue of a book by a French scholar on the early history of Christianity; asks if Frazer has examined the evidence advanced by Prof. Elliot Smith on the origin of Pre-Columbian civilization, backed by [W. H. R.] Rivers in [A. H.] Keane's Man Past and Present' and quotes [A.C.] Haddon; finds as he gets older the more he values an open mind; the servant problem not helped by the promising house maid who hid her pregnancy and gave birth in the middle of the night.

Letter from Edward Clodd to J. G Frazer

Strafford House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk - Thanks him for his copy 'The Gorgon's Head', is looking forward to light reading during his convalescence; has given Marett's 'The Diffusion of Culture' to Sir Hugh Clifford, who rejects Elliot Smith's 'wild theory'; Elliot Smith has resigned from Folklore Society because President Myers attacked his theory.

Typed letter from G. Elliot Smith to Sir James Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks Frazer for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while he regrets that quotations taken out of context make him look disrespectful to Frazer, he believes in discussion of differences and asks that the lecture be published.

Letter from Edward Clodd to J. G. Frazer

Aldeburgh - Shares his thoughts on reading 'The Worship of Nature': muses on the universe in his breakfast egg, refers to Barcroft’s lecture on the mystery of how eggs came into being; quotes the 'Punch' Einstein limerick; refers to Dr Gann’s discovery in the Yucatan, and Sir Aurel Stein’s excavations in Central Asia; doesn’t think they will strengthen Elliot Smith and Perry’s diffusion theory; refers to the festival of Ucharal as described in [Edgar] Thurston’s 'Omens and Superstitions of Southern India' and ‘droit du Seigneur’ in Coulton’s 'Medieval Village'. Mentions a fierce storm in November and subsequent flooding in Aldeburgh.

Letter from Edward Clodd to J. G. Frazer

Aldeburgh - Is surprised to hear he has never been to Brussels; comments on the political situation, thinks the League of Nations, like Socialism can only succeed when human nature alters; worries about unrest in the East after the defeat of Russia by Japan; saw [W. H. R.] Rivers while he was at [A. C.] Haddon's, and mentioned his championship of Elliot Smith's theory of diffusion; gets much attention from spiritualists sending brochures, etc., has agreed to review a 'huge and repellent book' of exudations of 'psychic matter'; wishes Frazer could have noticed his book ['Magic in a Name'] in the 'Observer'.

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - Had hoped to trouble her no further with correspondence [about the Frazer Lectures volume], but her letter and a letter he received from Marett [about dropping his lecture from the volume due to content about Elliot Smith] have changed that; will take no further steps until he hears from her; encloses the letter he received from Marett and his response [FRAZ/17/23].

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Temple, London. E.C.4. Dated 1 September 1919 - Julius Tillyard is having difficulty getting passage to Johannesburg, so Frazer is thankful Roscoe left when he did; [Henry] Jackson is recovered; [Grafton] Elliot Smith is going to University College London; they think of wintering in Greece; [Edvard] Westermarck is bringing out a new edition of his book on marriage; both Cambridge and Oxford expect to be crammed with students next term.

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13., Private & Confidential - Has received a further letter from Marett, which he sends with a copy of his reply [FRAZ/17/24]; resigns the editorship of the volume [of Frazer Lectures] as otherwise his name would be associated with a volume with an attack on Elliot Smith while also omitting Perry's lecture; has kept a journal of the work done; encloses Marett's letter of 30 July [FRAZ/17/25], his reply, his journal of proceedings, and Marett's printed lecture [journal and lecture not present].

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - A letter with 9 numbered points in response to a letter from her [about his role as editor of the Frazer Lectures volume]: offers congratulations for the Glasgow honour [University of Glasgow establishing the Sir James Frazer Lectureship]; praises Elliot Smith's position in his letter to Frazer of 3 Aug. 1932 [FRAZ/3/117 in which he states he is happy to have the Marett lecture included in the Lectures volume]; is pleased that Perry's lecture will be included; thanks her for the cheque, notes that the work is not done, but will spend the money on copies of Frazer's works he does not own; would like to have a Frazer portrait for the frontispiece; asks for the return of the letters from Marett; Rivet is happy to have his essay amended; returns Marett's letters.

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - Thanks her for her letter and parcel, with the Ovid [Fasti] and the Mensch ['Mensch, Gott und Unsterblichkeit'?], and portrait of Frazer [for the Frazer Lectures volume]; Perry is away and Elliot Smith has suggested that the substance of the lecture was in a book published soon after; will give everything else to Macmillan and add Perry's lecture later.

Copy letter from F. W. Christian to Sir James Frazer

Public Library, Palmerston, Manawatu County, North Island, New Zealand. Dated 19/7/26 - Thanks him for the reference to his work in the Caroline Islands in his book 'The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead'; has sent Grafton Elliot Smith some ethnological and philological notes on the subject of Hindu-Malays and Indo-Chinese reaching Central and South American coasts; Sir Clements Markham thinks the work has merits; asks he mention the work to Macmillan & Co.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Bronisław Malinowski

Hotel Lutetia, 45, Boulevard Raspail, Paris (6e). Dated 21 May 1923 - Thanks him for his kind review of the abridged version of the GB; asks how he progresses with his book and his health, asks if he is well enough for an appointment to an English university, would like to bring him to Trinity; saw a post advertised for University College, London, which he assumes is created for [William] Perry, 'who devils for [Grafton] Elliot Smith', but [Marcel?] Mauss tells him Malinowski has been appointed to the post.

Copy letter from B. Malinowski to Sir James Frazer

Oberbozen, pres Bolzano (Alto Adige), Italie. Dated 25.5.23 - His first love for anthropology is associated with having the GB read to him by his mother; was diagnosed with tuberculosis of a relative benign nature but has to undergo another year of treatment; has been appointed to a readership in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics while W. J. Perry was made Reader in Cultural Anthropology at University College; isn't happy that he has been lumped with Perry, and had to postpone a year; his position is in part due to a strong movement to counteract Elliot Smithianism; is not happy that University College is full of hostility to Seligman; would be glad to lecture at Cambridge as others do, it is a more fruitful field for teaching and would like to work with Frazer, but cautions that there are some in Cambridge who see him as an outsider, but perhaps after his book has been published this may change; Seligman has been very ill; asks if he could introduce him to anthropological and sociological people in Rome, he has to do research there for articles for 'Nature'.

Typed letter from G. Elliot Smith to Lady Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks her for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while Marett's phraseology suggests he was discourteous to Frazer; believes that strongly held opinions should never express personal resentment; admires Frazer; is glad to hear eye troubles are being overcome. A postscript refers to an accompanying statement [not present], which he is willing to alter any way she likes.

Letter from R. R. Marett to [Warren R. Dawson]

La Haule Manor, Jersey - Has written to Sir James, not this time to Lady Frazer, that he would 'lose face' if the Frazer Lectures volume were published without his lecture; if the objection is Elliot Smith's language about Frazer, he could suppress those passages as long as it was clear that he did not withdraw from his position concerning them, and suggests some wording to that effect.

Letter from R. R. Marett to J. G. Frazer

La Haule Manor, Jersey - Suggested omission of his lecture from the Frazer Lectures volume is inconsiderate; it would suggest that the lecture was unsuitable; cannot explain the situation so frankly to Lady Frazer, 'who hardly seems to realize its delicacy'; Frazer should take responsibility, not Macmillan, or the editor Dawson; no one ever hinted the lecture was inappropriate; if it were a matter of repeating Elliot Smith's statements about him, he could make some changes, so long as it is clear that he did not withdraw from his position; everything is very rushed, and if they insist on publishing, then he will enquire what legal right they have to republish the lectures under a title in which he might have a proprietary interest; is prepared to suffer for conscience's sake, but 'don't want to be publicly convicted of sin by the Macmillans' conscience or even by yours.'

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

La Haule Manor, Jersey - Asks if Frazer is proposing to edit [the Frazer Lectures volume], thinks Mr Cornford should decide whether a lecture be included or not; asks if copyright permission has been obtained from all the authors; would like it to appear despite being critical [of Elliot Smith]; gave a Jane Harrison lecture at Cambridge in which he was critical of her work and Professor Haddon praised the lecture for taking Harrison's work seriously enough to criticise; would like the matter referred to an arbitrator.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

La Haule Manor, Jersey - He cannot write in a hurry, so cannot edit his lecture [to tone down criticism of Elliot Smith for inclusion in the Frazer Lectures volume]; she never mentioned the [proposed] omission before; he cannot tell if it is her verdict or that of Sir James; if it is not suitable now, it was never suitable, and that's not pleasant; is astonished she does not see this.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

La Haule Manor, Jersey - Will not make 'any more fuss' [about the proposed omission of his lecture from the Frazer Lectures volume], go ahead with publication as they like, though the omission of his lecture might make future lecturers disinclined to publish; has not liked how things were done behind his back, if there was a letter, it must have gone astray, and J. G. has not said a word; returns Elliot Smith's letter [which asks that the lecture be published, FRAZ/3/117], which is 'quite sporting'; would say it again, and [Thomas Athol?] Joyce bought many copies to distribute in America; they should tell Dawson to return to the job; offers congratulations on the Glasgow appointment.

Typed copy of a letter from G. Elliot Smith to Sir James Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks Frazer for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while he regrets that quotations taken out of context make him look disrespectful to Frazer, he believes in 'frank discussion of differences' and asks that the lecture be published.

Typed copy of a letter from G. Elliot Smith to Lady Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks her for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while Marett's phraseology suggests he was discourteous to Frazer; believes that strongly held opinions should never express personal resentment; admires Frazer; is glad to hear eye troubles are being overcome. With a note that he would be glad to alter this statement if she wishes.

Letter from Grafton Elliot Smith to Lady Frazer

62 Albert Road, Regents Park, N.W.8. - Regrets that the Frazers will not be present at the Huxley Lecture; he is an invalid and one of his assistants is going to read the address for him; is impressed Frazer accomplishes so much at his age; it is a great achievement to rescue 'Totemism and Exogamy' from becoming inaccessible.

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13 - Agrees that R. R. Marett's lecture should be omitted from the Frazer Lecture volume, as it could not be edited, being 'from beginning to end an attack upon Prof. Elliot Smith' would not like to revive a controversy now forgotten; asks her to write to Marett; encloses his copy of the lecture [not present].

Typed letter from E. N. Fallaize to Sir James Frazer

"Vinchelez", Chase Court Gardens, Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex - Encloses a letter from the Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute with their congratulations [Letter FRAZ/4/2/49 in the collection]; is disappointed to hear he cannot come to the annual meeting; mentions Elliot Smith's letter to the 'Times' about the necessity of a Central Bureau for anthropology while ignoring the work the Anthropological Institute has done, and asks if he could write a letter to the 'Times' in defence of the Institute.

Typed carbon copy of a letter from G. Elliot Smith to Lady Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks her for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while Marett's phraseology suggests he was discourteous to Frazer; believes that strongly held opinions should never express personal resentment; admires Frazer; is glad to hear eye troubles are being overcome. With a note that he would be glad to alter this statement if she wishes.

Typed carbon copy of a letter from G. Elliot Smith to Sir James Frazer

Institute of Anatomy, University College, London - Thanks Frazer for writing to him concerning the republication of Marett's Frazer Lecture; while he regrets that quotations taken out of context make him look disrespectful to Frazer, he believes in 'frank discussion of differences' and asks that the lecture be published.

Letter from P. Giles to J. G. Frazer

Emmanuel College Lodge, Cambridge - He has been busy with the admission of undergraduates and it is plain the University is no longer able to cope with the numbers who wish to join; the dinner on Shrove Tuesday was a great success; it was a pity that Marett felt the need to attack Elliot Smith on such an occasion [his Frazer Lecture]; but Elliot Smith doesn't appear worried by it.

Letter from 'Jack' [François Ceccaldi] to 'Flaminica' [Lady Frazer]

de Cannelle d'Orcino par Sant'Andrea - Doesn't believe she is bored in Cambridge, but is just anxious to leave; is pained to learn that Capstick is paralysed, and perhaps more that Nairne is displeased with him; pylons are going up and electricity is imminent, and excavations are being dug for a water supply; he is keeping the letters of Elliot Smith.

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - Thanks her for her letter and the two letters from Marett; still thinks they should not publish the Marett lecture [in the book of Frazer Lectures, due to content relating to Elliot Smith] as it is so different in tone from the other lectures; thinks his point about Jane Harrison [in the letter from Marett to Lady Frazer dated 25 July, FRAZ/17/27] is not a true parallel; returns the Marett letters.

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