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Marett, Robert Ranulph (1866–1943) philosopher and anthropologist
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Typed letter from H. J. Rose to Sir James Frazer

Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Khaki College, Ripon, Yorks. - Claims a common acquaintance with R. R. Marett, and asks for advice on the open position of Professor of Greek at Liverpool, particularly concerning salary and likely competition for the post.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford - Has received the bust of Sir James, and is storing it in his classroom; thinks it ought to be placed rather high, as the face inclines downwards; 'Cambridge meant well' when it appointed R [John Roscoe?], given that everyone knows the 'Golden Bough' is the source of his inspiration; is glad to hear they are having a 'giddy' time in Paris.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford - Thanks her for her hospitality; has written Mrs Balfour [about the Frazers visiting?]; has begun 'La fin d'un monde' [by Claude Anet?] and finds it 'interesting though some of the archaeological details strike me as queer'.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford - The [Frazer] lecture was a success, over 150 people attended, the Professor [Alexandre Moret] was eloquent, clear and easy to follow; will leave it to [Moret] and the Frazers to decide how publication takes place.

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 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.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

Exeter College, Oxford - Asks if J.G.F. would be willing to be President of the Folklore Society during their 50th anniversary year, nothing beyond a ceremonial address required, the Vice-President would do the rest of the work (probably Professor Dawkins).

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

From the Rector, Exeter College, Oxford - He must work through Dudley Buxton, who is now Secretary to the Anthropology Committee as relates to the Frazer lectureships; suggests J.G.F. write a letter about Rivet; otherwise H. J. Rose, a good man, will be picked; applauds her work on founding a French Folklore society.

Letter from Dorothy Young to Lady Frazer

Woodside, Cove, Dumbartonshire - Appreciated Sir James' obituary of her father [Baldwin Spencer] in 'The Times'; would be pleased to visit them; [Jean] Hamilton's boat hasn't yet arrived; feels confident her mother [Mary Elizabeth Spencer] would agree with her to put the notes in the hands of Sir James; thanks her for the enclosures, was glad to see Dr [R. R.] Marett's particularly; she saw much of her father the last two years and encloses a photograph of him [now housed at FRAZ/17/133?].

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Letter from Dorothy Young to Lady Frazer

Fairlawn, Bearsden, Dumbartonshire - Has just moved in to her house and is very busy; asked if [R. R. ]Marett could come but he has to return to Oxford quickly; will be meeting with Jean Hamilton and will sort out letters and identify photos if Sir James still wishes to move ahead with the book [of Baldwin Spencer's writings] he had proposed when she saw them.

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Letter from Dorothy Young to Sir James Frazer

Fairlawn, Bearsden, Dumbartonshire - Is very grateful to Frazer for his proposal for a book of letters [published as 'Spencer's Scientific Correspondence with Sir J. G. Frazer and Others'] and is grateful to Marett for agreeing to edit it; is hoping to see Marett in Oxford next week.

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Letter from Dorothy Young to Sir James Frazer

Woodside, Cove, Dumbartonshire - Has heard from Dr Marett that Frazer has sent a chapter from Lausanne [for 'Spencer's Scientific Correspondence with Sir J G Frazer and Others']; her father [Baldwin Spencer] would have been pleased; her husband bought the Baremman estate at Gare Loch a few months ago.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

From the Rector, Exeter College, Oxford - Is at St Andrews, completing the first series of Giffords lectures; is sorry to hear about J.G.'s eyes, is staying with Professor Stout whose eyes and ears are bad; Farnell owes his poor sight to a collision with a motor bicycle, but has finished his 3 vol. Pindar; saw Sir James Irvine about the honorary degree at St Andrews, and they could renew the offer, said it was suspended indefinitely because of J.G.'s brother-in-law's [John Steggall?] excessive delicacy.

Letter from R. R. Marett to Lady Frazer

From the Rector, Exeter College, Oxford - Thanks her for the nice copy of the speech [on the Freedom of Glasgow?]; the best lectureship is the Sir Basil Zaharoff with a fee of £40 and £10 for expenses, has written the Vice-Chancellor suggesting J.G.; there are other lectureships but they are less valuable.

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].

Letter from Warren R. Dawson to Lady Frazer

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13 - Is pleased they agree about dropping Marett's lecture from the Frazer Lecture volume [because of controversial content relating to Elliot Smith] ; has Roscoe's letter of authority and will take it to Macmillan.

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.

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 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 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 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 of a letter from Warren R. Dawson to R. R. Marett

28 Grange Road, Barnes, S.W.13. - Thanks him for his letter of the 29th [concerning the Frazer Lectures volume]; as editor he is seeing the book through the press and contributing an Introduction in which all the lectures will be listed, including Marett's and another not being printed; permission has been obtained from all authors and publishers; is doing what Frazer cannot, due to his eyesight; has seen him personally; on account of his eyesight, all of Sir James' correspondence is carried out by Lady Frazer, and he regards 'all her letters as equivalent to letters from Sir James himself'.

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].

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