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Trevelyan, Elizabeth (1875-1957) musician, known as Bessie
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Letter from Alphonse Grandmont to R. C. Trevelyan

Taormina. - Expresses gratitude for Trevelyan's generosity towards the Grandmonts' pensioners and the Society, especially since they have learned they must support both the local beggars and the nuns who care for them. Miss Hill had said the Franciscans had their own property [reference to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, who ran the lace and needlework school started by Mabel Hill]. Peppe, the old man who is 'the ornament of [the] hospice' has been seized by a religious mania and has gone on a pilgrimage on foot to Saint Alfio. Thanks Trevelyan for his "Cecilia Gonzaga".

Letter from Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy to R. C. Trevelyan

Calcutta. - Letter of introduction to Arindam Dutt, who is coming to England to study for the Bar and join a British university; his father, Charu Dutt, a retired Civil Service man is 'one of the finest men in India'. Young Dutt will try to get into Cambridge through the 'usual wearisome official channels' such as the India High Commissioner's office; should he fail, Suhrawardy asks if Trevelyan can give him an introduction to Lowes Dickinson, Keynes, or his brother [George]. Also asks if Trevelyan can invite Dutt to his club; fears he will have a lonely time at first. Has been enjoying "The Fountain", by [Charles] Morgan, which has much about Holland and the Dutch; thought Bessie might be interested, if she has not read it. A postscript notes that their mutual friend Chanda has married young Dutt's only sister.

Letter from Oliver Lodge to R. C. Trevelyan

Cud Hill House, Upton-St-Leonards, Glos. - Has been unable and so was not able to write earlier to thank Bob for his translations ["Translations from Latin Poetry"]. Particularly enjoyed the Leopardi.: does not know the originals, but Bob has made very good poems of them; few people seem to be able to write such 'bell-like musical verse now' as he does, and Lodge misses it. Has been interested to read the new life of Tennyson by his grandson [Sir Charles Tennyson], which 'will do good to his legitimate fame'. Hopes Bob and 'dear Bessy' and their family are well, the 'dear Shiffolds flourishing, & all its woods'.

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

3 Via Camerata, Florence. - Has received two letters from her, one forwarded from 'Varello' [Ravello]. Thinks he will start back on Friday 2nd and reach the Hague on Saturday evening; if his train would get in too late, would arrive on Sunday morning instead. Thinks he may go to the Twee Staden hotel, as was not very comfortable at the Angleterre and it was not cheap. Having a good time in Florence, though he has not done any work. Maeterlinck's "La sagesse et la destinée" is 'surprisingly good', much better than "Le Trésor des humbles" . Dined at Mrs [Janet] Ross's last night; has only just recovered from the 'exceedingly good dinner'. Miss D. G. [Lina Duff Gordon] 'very pleasant' and they are good friends again now; she was pleased with his bat ["The Lady's Bat"]. Had a 'little brush with Berenson about the war, as he is frantically cynical on such matters' but otherwise they have got on well. Berenson likes some of his work, but thinks his 'Indian poem dull' and is probably right'; Bob has not yet read him the play. Has to go down to Florence in the rain to lunch with people he doesn't much care for, but Berenson will probably show him some pictures afterwards. The myrtle [see the enclosure with 9/107] is indeed the 'tree of Venus'. Is glad her aunt is better, and hopes her recovery will continue; hopes Grandmont will not be long in bed ill. Is sending him some wine from Ravello, but fears it will not be good enough for 'his fastidious palate'.

Letter from Sophie Weisse to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Northlands, Englefield Green, Surrey. - Agrees that they will do their best together to help when they can; she is now 'less stunned' [by Donald Tovey's marriage] and knows Bessie loves Donald. They must talk sometime, but thinks this would be best after Bessie has got to know Donald's wife [Grettie] well; hopes they will go to stay with the Trevelyans; they return to Edinburgh for a short time this week. Encourages Bessie to write to Grettie and invite them again. Asks why she always sees dangers so far in advance ; is 'not noble like Cassandra [in Aeschylus' Agamemnon]' but thinks she has a 'bit of her spirit' in her; quotes in Greek from the play [lines 1302-1303]. Wishes she might be 'both patient and brave-spirited'. The wedding was 'very large with pictures in the Daily Mail', but the only invitation she received was the one two days before; Donald had 'really disinvited [her] on the plea that it was to be so very quiet'; she was 'absolutely powerless from the first'. Is most grieved that he has not done any good work for at least two and a half years; asks if Bessie knows whether he has written anything. Regrets the last eleven years, his talent and imagination 'all wasting away'; would not care 'if he had a dozen wives' as long as his work went well.

Postcard from Florence Cacciola Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Very glad to hear of the safe arrival of Robert (whmo she calls 'Calverley')'s son Paul - 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'.

Letter from Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

11 E[dwardes] S[quare] QE. - Won't return at the weekend: thinks he had better go to the Bargers as it seems the last chance of seeing them before they go. Bob 'perfectly delightful' last night and the atmosphere of the dinner made him very happy. Quotes in German [from Goethe's "Faust"]. Hopes Bob will let him know the results of his examination at once.

Letter from Pau Casals to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Prades. - Has heard from Joachim [Röntgen] that Engelbert has arrived and intends to remain in Europe for good. Hopes that he has seen that America has many resources for art, and a people who are 'young, sympathetic, eager to learn'; all the same, for a European artist the time comes when the call of Europe is irresistible. He hopes very much to see Engelbert again. The next [Prades] Festival will be, like that of 1952, devoted to chamber music. Organisation is under way; 'things purely of the spirit seem very strange to the customs and the spirit of our times', but it is important to 'feed the flame'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

Originally enclosing several photographs of pictures and statues from the [Louvre] Museum in Paris: two drawings by Leonardo da Vinci; a picture of Charles I; an old man's head by Durer; a lady making lace - 'perhaps an ancestor of Mummy' - by Van der Meer [Vermeer]; Italian paintings of an old man with 'a big bulbous nose' and of Mary and Jesus; a Giorgione; and a Watteau; Julian has probably never heard of the French painter Corot, who 'liked bent trees'; the 'Man-bull' comes from Nineveh, and it would be 'fun to see him fly'; the winged bull and lion made from coloured bricks come from Persia; the 'little ladies' made out of earthenware are Greek grave goods, so that 'the dead may have lady friends to talk to', one carries a fan; 'Cesar is Cesar [Julius Caesar?]' and no doubt Julian has heard about him; finally an Egyptian sphinx. Will be starting home in about eighteen days.

Letter from Anna Maria Philips to R. C. Trevelyan

The Park, Prestwich, Manchester. - Thinks Bob should see the enclosed letters from Miss [Meta] Gaskell [19/22] and Mr Broadfield [no longer present] which she received last week. Has bought six copies of his play ["Bride of Dionysus"] which she is sending to friends whom she thinks will admire it; expects he has had 'endless letters of congratulations' from his 'many friends'. Sends love to Elizabeth; expects she is still at Hove and hopes the sea air does her and Julian good after the 'trying' winter. Would very much to see them all later if they can visit.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Expecting Elizabeth with pleasure on the 9th. Julian is very well. Hopes Elizabeth has a good time at Cambridge; it will be interesting to stay in the College [Newnham?]; asks to be remembered to Miss [Mary?] Fletcher, whose post [Librarian] must be 'delightful. Elizabeth must not worry about Caroline's [Belgian] refugees: George thinks there might be a delay in sending them [to Snitterfield: see 11/10] as the Central Committee is 'so overwhelmed'. It is George's birthday; Mary planned that he should plant a tree, but it is pouring with rain. Elizabeth will be glad when her guest [Catherine Abercrombie] is 'sent off home': she should be very grateful to Elizabeth. Thinks Miss Evans 'manages Julian very well'; he is not always obedient and 'wants a strong hand'.

Letter from John Foulds to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Ciro's Club, Leicester Square, London, W.C. [Headed Y.M.C.A. - H.M. Forces on Active Service - notepaper].- She will see from the enclosure [no longer present] that he has '"disarranged" the Bach Pastorale & performed it. It sounded very well for two violins, viola & organ', and was 'much appreciated' by the troops who 'completely filled the building'. Sends 'regards & remembrances' to Mr Trevelyan.

Letter from Sophie Weisse to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Train near Carlisle. - Cost her 'a great deal to leave [Donald Tovey] in Ireland yesterday' and cannot rid herself of 'apprehension while he is in this discouraged and suffering condition'; he has been shocked to find that there is a 'dickeFreundshaft' [great friendship] between Mrs [Mary] Berenson and both Kellys; 'that woman' is a real fraud as 'Miss Kelly would hate anything not entirely clean and right when she saw it'. Nothing could be better for Donald than to spend time with Robert Trevelyan and make music with Bessie; unfortunately he is probably not well enough to finish off the Encyclopædia [Britannica], though perhaps he could get it done in the mornings then make music in the afternoons. Asks Bessie to send him on to Mrs Henry Joachim on Saturday the 22nd. Also asks if Bessie can send a telegraph when Donald reaches her. Still in a nervous state and should have stayed longer at Nauheim; had to go to Ireland this time but does not think she will be able to do so again.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

The Guest House [the Rest House crossed through], Chhatapur. - They came here on Wednesday and intended to leave today, but are delaying their departure for a few days since [Goldsworthy Lowes] Dickinson has been 'rather ill'. His digestion has suffered from the 'bad food [they] get in most places'; Robert however is well and has 'learnt what agrees' with him; hears the food will be better in Bengal. Chhatarpur is a 'delightful place', with the most beautiful countryside he has so far seen in India. Their host the Maharajah is a 'charming man, interested chiefly in philosophy and literature'; they have 'long talks' every afternoon he has 'a good deal of shrewdness, but has muddled his head rather by reading too much bad European philosophy'. His state is 'very well governed' by his ministers, though he seems little interested in it himself. On Wednesday they are going in his moto car to see some famous Hindu and Jain temples thirty miles away [at Khajuraho]. Will go to Benares on Friday or Saturday if Dickinson is well enough. Went out several miles into the jungle on an elephant yesterday with the Chief Justice, also the Maharaja's secretary; they saw no wild beasts, though there are 'often tigers and panthers about'; the jungle was 'very beautiful, not at all thick', and the elephant was 'rather less jolty than the Gwalior one' though he still finds travel by that mean 'inconceivably uncomfortable'. Will not get the mail from England before this letter needs to be sent; does not have a pen, since they left most of their luggage at the station, so is writing in pencil as all the pens here are bad. Will write next week from Benares or Gaya; supposes Bessie will have been to Wallington to collect Julian by the time his mother gets this; she seems to be having a good time in Holland.

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

10 Prinsegracht, The Hague. - Received Bob's letter this morning, and nerved herself to tell her uncle and aunt about his intended arrival; her aunt 'understood at once' and made no difficulties, though said her uncle may make some; she then found her uncle writing to Bramine [Hubrecht] in his study and told him, he was amazed but wanted to 'grasp at once the whole situation' and told her he saw quite through her pretext and understood everything but she begged him not to speak further about it. So they are both quite cheerful about the subject, and are probably discussing it now she has gone to bed.

Writing on the next day, she says that things were not so cheerful that morning, and her uncle took up the subject of Bob's visit again after breakfast; will not go into detail, but he does tend to 'attach enormous importance to convention' and it is hard for him to take everything in. But he does not want to make things difficult, and will leave her 'quite free' when Bob is here; he would like Bob to pay a formal visit on his first afternoon in the Hague, when the pretext for Bob's stay, 'poor old Vondel', must be mentioned; Bob will then be able to come the following morning and probably regularly to do some work. In the afternoon when the weather is fine she has to walk with her aunt, who she thinks would like Bob to join them. Thought he might stay a fortnight; if it suits him to go on early to Italy of course he must, though asks if he is sure about meeting the Frys in Siena, as she thought they were going there before Florence, which is why the G[randmont]s did not meet them and why her cousin Marie [Hubrecht] has gone first to Lugano and Milan. Is sorry to hear Bob finds it hard to settle to work. Discusses further her objection to Bob's translation of a French phrase [from Ronsard]; thanks him for his 'little grammar lesson about "shall" and "will"'.

The latest news of the [Second Boer] war must be 'very distressing' to the English; asks if Bob still feels it would be good if the English were 'well beaten'. Of course thought of the war itself is 'an intense horror'. Asks if Bob knows anyone fighting; they have heard of some 'striking losses', such as the death of a 'very beloved nephew' of their friend Dr Koster [Tuimen Hendrik Blom Coster?]. The feeling against Britain is very strong in the Netherlands; 'flags were put up in many streets when the news of Ladysmith reached' them; wonders if Bob will mind that when he comes. Suggested the 12th as the day he should come since he had mentioned a [rugby?] football game the day before; would not deprive him the chance of 'displaying [his] chief if not only vanity' and hopes he will enjoy himself. and not come over 'with a blue eye & some fractured bones'.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. - Went to Halifax on Monday, returning yesterday morning; their meetings went well and she 'gave a party to about 15,000 people!'. Wonder if Elizabeth's sister [Mien Röntgen] has left, and whether she has been up for the [Joachim?] concerts. Is expecting Annie [Philips] for a brief call, on her way to Tunbridge Wells.; hopes to take her for a drive. Asks how 'Tweenie' is doing.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. - She and Sir George will be delighted to stay at Elizabeth's lodgings [at Eastbourne] for a couple of days; thinks Booa [Mary Prestwich] will come but they need to 'settle about housemaids'. Caroline's throat is nearly better, though she has bad rheumatism in her back. Knows Elizabeth will take care of her; will be glad to see 'the dear boy [Julian']. Not sure whether to bring Henry [Lane, the footman?]; difficult to know where he would eat, but 'he is very useful & nice & could wait at table'. Was good to see Robert this morning.

Card from George Macaulay Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Board of Education embossed card [possibly from Charles Trevelyan, appointed as parliamentary under-secretary]; dated 'Monday. - Molly has been telling them how much better Paul was yesterday; he is very glad to hear it. Read the last half of [Robert's] "Sisyphus" again, aloud to Jan and it read 'capitally'; they both like it all very much. Is giving it to many of his 'literary friends' and hears nothing but praise; he finds some of the metres are too difficult, which is his only complaint.

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 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 Sophie Weisse to Elizabeth Trevelyan

London S.W.1., No. 3 Hobart Place. - They have just returned from a gathering of influential people, including Madame [Nellie] Melba and Sir Thomas Beecham, to hear Donald [Tovey]'s opera ["The Bride of Dionysus"]. Does not know what the outcome will be, but 'there is no doubt about the immense impression it has made'. The 'drawback is, as it is always, the "book"'; hopes the music will cause 'the over-ornate far too lengthy frigid stuff' [the libretto by Robert Trevelyan] to be forgotten. There are things which have long required saying, which she hopes would be 'less harsh spoken by word of mouth' in her own house than written. Wishes for peace, is always ready to forgive, but the 'menace' the Trevelyans have always been 'to Donald's best interests' must be removed; hopes it can be by 'a clear understanding' between them and herself. Asks them to come and see her before Friday evening, when Donald returns from Scotland.

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

3 Via Camerata, Florence. - Does not think he can get to the Hague except around eleven at night because of the trains, so she is not bound to come and meet him. Can go straight to his hotel, probably the Angleterre as he cannot remember how to address the people at the Twee Steden, then come to see her early next day. Glad to hear good news of her aunt again. Knows a Miss Crommelin, 'half or whole Dutch', who lives with Isabel Fry; expects she is the same family [as Bessie's friend, see 9/31]; likes her 'well enough, though she is rather flagrantly "New womanly"'. Weather bad; is reading some interesting books; not inclined to work. Berenson has been telling him about old Italian and Russian books; has been reading Tolstoy's "Katia" ["Family Happiness"; hopes their marriage will turn out better; thinks it 'an interesting book, but rather unsatisfactory'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

Glad to get Julian's telegraph [from Egypt] yesterday. One word could not be made out: in the description of his pastimes as 'painting, goffinping, and dancing', should the second word be golfing, 'driving your ball over the back of the Sphinx, or getting it bunkered between its paws?'. Expects the weather is hotter than here: today is the first day of spring weather, but 'everything is backward', with no sign of bluebells and cuckoos and 'the very primroses smaller than usual'. Has just had his new book published, and sent it to Ursula; Julian knows almost all of the contents; has become 'un vrai prosateur', as 'Flaubert used to call himself', writing 'nothing but Essays': has just finished one 'on (or rather against) books'. His Simple Pleasures was recently broadcast on the [BBC] Forces Programme; it was 'really rather awful, as they tried to poetize [sic] it, though [he] had meant it to be flatter-than-pancake prose', but he got his five guineas. Tom and Marie [Sturge Moore] are here - Marie unwell in bed but recovering - Tet Htoot is also here for a few days, as 'he too was unwell and wanted cheering up'. Bessie seems quite well, though will go to London on Tuesday to see [Dr Karl] Bluth. Supposes he should write Julian a 'Horatian verse Epistle', but cannot compose it in time for this post; if he does write one will have to send it to Julian on his return; it will 'of course be largely about Egypt, Cleopatra, Amenophis [Amenhotep] and Ramesis, but not Tutenkamen [Tutankhamun]' whom he does not approve of, though 'his predecessor Aknaton [Akhenaten] was an interesting failure'. Hopes Julian will ensure that the 'Memnon statue is camouflaged very carefully'. Seems a pity that now the Nile has only two mouths, lists the names of the seven which 'every school-boy once knew'. Is reading [Lytton] Strachey's Queen Victoria aloud, which is 'really very amusing'; amazing how much easier it is to read a well-written book aloud than a badly-written one. Tet Htoot is reading the first volume of Gibbon, while he himself reads the second; is just coming to the chapter on the Christians, where he knows 'one will have some fun, especially in the notes'. Went with John Luce, with 'a party of Waleys, Joan and Polly [Allen] etc' to quite a good production of the Magic Flute at Sadler's Wells, for which they 'tried, not very successfully, to make the scenery Egyptian'. John is being sent abroad next week, but does not know where; they hope his father [Gordon] is coming home. Mossot [sic: Julian's cat Maszat] has had just one kitten, 'a sad falling off'; is told all cats in Egypt are mummified as divine.

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