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Trevelyan, Elizabeth (1875-1957) musician, known as Bessie
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Letter from Hasan Shahid Suhrawardy to R. C. Trevelyan

13 Kutchery Road, Karachi (Pakistan) - Read Trevelyan's Homeric Hymn [in that year's "From The Shiffolds"] with great pleasure; praises his diction, not 'Wordsworth's language of the people but the language cultivated people should use'. Has to write an inaugural address for Wordsworth's centenary, organised by the British Council. Agreed to do this, even though he is 'shy of writing', because Wordsworth has never been a favourite of his and he wanted the chance to read up and clarify why to himself. Finds him 'too much of an Englishman'; every experience seems to be 'of equal value' to him, and there are 'long passages of bathos'. However, the "Solitary Reaper" is great, and as Suhrawardy grows older and nostalgic for 'England and her scenery', Wordsworth has become 'close & more acceptable'. Has not read Po-chui's life [translated by Arthur Waley]; the bookshops only have 'political controversial' literature; thanks Trevelyan for offering to send it. His life is 'routinal, dull & lazy' and he is depressed by the situation in India and Pakistan: it is all very different from what was dreamt of. Sends love to Bessie and regards to Mrs [Catherine] Abercrombie.

Postcard from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland. - Glad to hear all well at the Shiffolds, and that Mr Withell is 'taking up the problem of the pipes'. They [he and Catherine Abercrombie] will leave on 20 April, arriving home that evening. Marjorie and her children have just come, but he has not yet seen them. His legs are generally much better. Asks Bessie to send some of the 'colourless lotion' in their bathroom. Can walk more now without getting so tired. Glad Bessie is having a 'quiet time'.

Postcard from Catherine Abercrombie to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Everything is going well; Bob is walking a little further each day, though she does not press things; his legs are 'marvellously better with this new treatment'. The Geoffrey Youngs came to lunch yesterday; they will visit them next week. Finds Wallington 'fascinating', and everyone is 'so kind & anxious to do all they can for Bob's comfort'. He and Sir Charles play a game of chess every day.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington. - Has no news, though Geoffrey and Len [Winthrop Young] are coming to lunch. Will write to Tet Htoot to thank him for the letter [see 17/171]. Thinks his eczema is much better, though there are 'some bad tickles left', Charles is reading "Middlemarch" in the evening, which he does very well, 'simply, not rhetorically'. Molly's laryngitis seems to be improving, though she is still writing out words to save her voice. He is doing some translation of Homer, not much. Catherine [Abercrombie] seems well, and 'enjoys being here'. Has been to see Edith Bulmer, who is well herself but 'as usual worried by the boy [Martin]'s having a bad cold'. Hopes Elizabeth is well, and that she enjoyed Van Stuwe's visit.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington. - All is well here; the house is kept 'quite warm nowadays' and they 'shut the windows more'. Is breakfasting in his room, but getting up soon after that; has been for some short walks though not yet as far as the garden; is leading a 'lazy life, lying on the sofa a great deal', but has also done some Homer translation. The house is quiet as there are no children here yet; the Weavers are coming in a few days, as are Kitty and her family. The only other guests have been 'Dr Boon and his nice wife and children' who have now left. Charles and Molly 'seem quite harmonious, and in good health except for Molly's laryngitis'. The Geoffrey Youngs have been away, but are now returned and are coming to tea tomorrow; he has been 'very unwell lately'. Bob is staying in the 'tapestry room', which is comfortable though there are 'no clothes pegs, and of course no water'; however, the house seems 'tidier and cleaner than it has been for a long time'. His eczema seems better. Hope Bessie has had a pleasant visit from van Stuwe and feels well and happy. Catherine [Abercrombie] is well, and getting on with Charles and Molly. Very kind of Tet Htoot to send the letter by Bob's grandfather [Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan: see 17/171]; will keep it to show Joan [Allen], and write to thank Tet Htoot. Asks to be remembered to Miss Goddard and the rest of the household.

Letter from Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Master's Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge. - Glad to have Bessie's letter, despite the 'rather serious news': sure Bob must hate being ill, but the letter has a 'happy ending' and she hopes he 'is able to enjoy life' again. Also thanks Bessie for sympathy about 'dear little Aunt Gertrude', a 'very important member' of the family whom all the younger members used to consult about 'any knotty points' and was always very hospitable to her and Dorothy. Adds that every family should have that sort of aunt. Asks to be kept informed about Bob's progress: she and George are 'both so fond of him'. Notes in a postscript that she is 'now very disabled with [her] arterial disease': cannot walk, has bad eczema, and can hardly write; but she manages to 'keep pretty cheerful'.

Letter from Desmond MacCarthy to R. C. Trevelyan

Garricks Villa. - Very sorry to hear from Bessie that he is ill, and has been worse; however, George got over his far worse pulmonary attack, and the Trevelyans are tough, like 'not a few of the old families in England'. Wants more news, but is writing to Bessie and Catherine Abercromby [sic: Abercrombie?] so Trevelyan should not trouble to write himself. Discusses the pleasure he gets from Trevelyan's writing, which if 'civilisation founders' due to expanding population, 'sentimental humanitarianism... coupled with practical callousness' and 'scientific technology' (television, for instance, is an 'asinine invention') has been loyal to the 'sinking ship'. Met a friend of Julian's recently, who told him that Julian is happy and has found a partner [Mary Fedden], and that Ursula has also found 'consolation' [Norman Mommens]; Trevelyan and Bessie must be relieved. Had a letter from Dorothy Moore yesterday, with two pots of marmalade, saying that Moore was well. Molly wants to 'hoof him out of England' for a while for his health, so he plans to stay with Somerset Maugham at Cap Ferrat in March, and would like to see Trevelyan before he goes; thinks he will ask to Iris and Ralph [Wedgwood] to put him up so that he can visit without being a strain at the Shiffolds.

Letter from Arthur Waley to R. C. Trevelyan

50 Gordon Square, W. C. - Was 'heroic' of Bob to 'battle through' his book about Po Chu-aloud; very glad that Bessie has got to know it, as he thought of them both when writing it. Thanks him for the 'very impressive hymn to Demeter' [in the latest "From the Shiffolds"]. Beryl [de Zoete] is 'rather souffrante', no doubt because of 'privations in India'. They both look forward to visiting later.

Letter from Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Master's Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge. - Thanks for Bessie's sympathy for Dorothy, who will 'not have to move from her present house' unless she wants to; all her 'friends and interests' are also in London now. Wishes too that she and Bessie saw each other more often. Asks if she knows that George has been made Chancellor of Durham University; fortunately this does not involve any duties or residence, but he goes up once a year to confer honorary degrees.

Cuttings related to Pau Casals

Cutting of article, headed 'Casals to Direct Bach Festival At Pyrenees Village in June [1950]', clipped to envelope with Elizabeth's address and annotated 'Casals' plans'; Cutting of article from "The Island Times", Puerto Rico, 16 Mar 1956 headed 'Casals will direct yearly music festival here', with annotation in pen, 'This will interest your friend', and cutting of article headed 'Dos Catalanes se Reúnen', with Casals identified in the photograph; these two clipped together with an envelope postmarked Stroud; Cutting of article from "The TImes", 12 Oct 1956, headed 'Casals Fêted In Paris', clipped to an envelope postmarked Perpigan; Cutting of article headed 'Stuck To His 'Cello" [1956], clipped to envelope labelled 'Casals - Cutting from "Tit-bits"'; ; Two copies of article from "[The Daily Telegraph] and Morning Post" headed 'Pablo Casals Marries His Pupil', 1957; Cutting of newspaper photograph headed 'Pablo Casals And His Bride In France'; Cutting of newspaper photograph headed 'Pablo and his bride in Honeymoon House' [1957].

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

4 Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh. - Thanks Trevelyan for his translation of the [Homeric] "Hymn to Demeter". Has not answered Bessie's letter about the "Picture Post" article: the libretto [for "Billy Budd"] has reached its final form. Reads to Forster more like a play, but Britten and [Eric] Crozier are satisfied. Asks if Trevelyan can suggest anyone to do the scenery: that for the "Bride of Dionysus" was lovely. Has to have another prostate operation next month; wanted to finish the libretto and have his picture painted for King's. Likes the surgeon, [Alexander] Roche, who is confident; May Buckingham has offered to nurse him after the operation. Is having a pleasant party with Ben [Britten], Peter Pears etc.

Letter from Bernard Darwin to R. C. Trevelyan

Gorringes, Downe, Kent. - His and his wife' thank both Trevelyan's for Bob's [translation of the Homeric] Hymn to Demeter ["From the Shiffolds"]; is glad the story 'seems to end happily'. The lines about flowers are 'delightful'. Philip was 'much pleased and excited yesterday' to get Bessie's 'beautiful printed letter', and had a good try at reading most of it; thinks he is on the 'very point of reading'. He will be the 'angel of the Lord (with a paper halo)' in a nativity play at school on Monday and know his part 'perfectly'; hopes he does not have stage fright.

Letter from H. J. C. Grierson to R. C. Trevelyan

12 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh. - Thanks Trevelyan for his 'kind message' and the translation [this year's "From the Shiffolds"]; hopes Trevelyan is well, since he heard a rumour he had been ill. Has himself had 'various minor complaints' but is generally well for his age. Will read the Hymn [Homeric Hymn to Demeter] 'carefully', and discuss it with a friend who 'reads Greek with [him] twice a week', a 'retired Indian Civil Service man'. Sends some translated verses Trevelyan already knows; tells him not to let Mrs Trevelyan 'be too critical'. His Dutch granddaughter was due to visit him, but this has been postponed; however his daughter who lives in France [Janet Teissier du Cros] is visiting.

Letter from Cicely Binyon to R. C. Trevelyan

Westridge Farm House, Streatley, Berks. - Thanks Bob for the 'delightful Christmas present' [this year's "From the Shiffolds?"]; he knows how much she appreciates being given poems by the writer, which she 'miss[es] & hunger[s] for out of the past'; Is going to stay with the twins [her daughters] at Christmas; hopes to get to Okewood in early spring and to visit Bob and Bessie then. Is a 'lot older now but that is suitable'. Sends best wishes for Christmas and 1950. Quotes a few lines of verse [from Bob's book?] in a postscript, calling them 'a blessed Christmas thought'.

Letter from Margery K. Daniel to R. C. Trevelyan

2 Hampstead Hill Gardens, N.W.3. - Gus [her husband] 'finds 'writing rather an effort', so sends thanks from both of them for Bob's 'delightful' Christmas present [this year's "From the Shiffolds"] which has led her to find out her 'long-neglected Homer' to read the Hymn again. Gus reads poetry out loud most evenings, so it is good to have this new book. Sorry that Bob's friend Robert Lynd has died, and there will be 'less occasion' for him to come to Hampstead, but hopes he will still visit them: they 'have a cook!'. Nick [their son] and his wife have separated; thinks the long parting [during the war] 'chiefly to blame' and wishes they had been 'more patient in trying to adjust themselves again; they are both 'such nice people', and 'poor little Sarah' [their daughter] is 'very fond of Nick' though she has not seen much of him; has been a 'great worry. Sends love to Bessie.

Letter from John Luce to R. C. Trevelyan

45 Temple Fortune Hill, London, N.W.11. - Thanks Bob for the "Hymn to Demeter" [in this year's "From the Shiffolds"]: a 'very lovely Christmas present'; Bob 'must have had some difficulty with the metre'. Is still 'very apologetic' about missing a lunch: had just started a new job in the Central Office of the Exchange Control, and 'life was, and is, hectic'. He and José [his wife] are organising some carol singers this year; they practised last night and 'the singing was robust rather than harmonious', but it is a 'joy to sing again!'. They are considering starting a local madrigal society. Asks when the Trevelyans are coming to see Jane: she is a 'bonny baby', very active, and has grown so much recently that he does not think Bessie would recognise her, Hopes they will meet soon after Christmas, will 'use a better mnemonic' next year.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Flora Russell

Has already sent Flora Santayana's "Last of the Puritans" [sic; "The Last Puritan]; she need not rush to return it, and he will be interested to hear what she thinks; wonders if she will also read the life of Tennyson, which he and Bessie have read 'with great interest'. as well as a life of Sara Bernhardt by her grand-daughter [Lysiane Bernhardt], which they found 'great fun'. Used to 'delight in' Henry Sidgwick's life; Sidgwick was 'very kind' to him when he was an undergraduate. Must get Joan Allen to drive him over to see Flora soon. Will send a translation of a Homeric hymn as a Christmas card to her in a few days. Bessie is well, and sends her love. Saw Bertie [Russell] last week; he was 'very cheerful and full of talk, but looking rather older'.

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 Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Master's Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge. - Thanks Bessie for asking about her health, but with 'this queer and slow disease' it is not easy to answer; an old friend said today that she looks and seems very well, yet she 'still cannot walk above a snail's pace', and George pushes her in a wheelchair around the house. Sorry to hear about the 'serious car accident'; glad that neither Bessie nor Bob were in it. Will keep the details of Bessie's ear specialist, though 'G.M.T. is very naughty about specialists'; she thinks they should try a 'very good man' in Cambridge first. Her sister Dorothy has just spent a fortnight at Poggio with Lina Waterfield; it was difficult financially due to the 'sudden devaluation of the pound' but she 'longed to have' some time there. She can still walk well, and not even Florence tires her too much.

Letter from Pau Casals to Elizabeth Trevelyan

1, Route de Canigou, Prades. - Thanks her for her letter; he had already been happy to receive the postcard from Johannes [Röntgen?] and his wife during their stay with Elizabeth, imagining their pleasure at being together and also that music would not be neglected. Was happy to learn that Miss Sampson was there too: she is charming and an exquisite musician. At Prades they have also had lots of music, with his students, friends, and colleagues, during the spring and for a good part of the summer. This has been a marvellous cure for him, as opportunities to play chamber music are rare. Had the pleasure of meeting Joachim and his wife in Zurich, with his friends the Seilers, and they played together. Joachim is a worthy representative of the Röntgen name. Had not known that Mary Grierson was working on a biography of Donald [Tovey]; cannot think of anyone more suitable for the task. Asks when the work will be ready, and requests that she congratulates Dr Grierson from him. Sends best wishes to Elizabeth's husband.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - All well here; there was fine weather for the Exhibition, though he 'found it rather tiring' and went home soon. His leg is getting better, and he needs a smaller bandage now. The house is 'full of children, rather noisy sometimes', but they are well behaved and 'very charming'. Elizabeth [Kitty's daughter] is 'a nice and interesting girl'. Encloses a 'nice letter' from Kenneth Hopkins, and one from Peter Grant Watson, which he asks Bessie to keep for him. Hopes to arrive at Ockley on the 5.03 train from Victoria; if his train into Kings Cross is late, McEvoy will have to wait until the next train at 5.30.

Letter from Peter Grant Watson to R. C. Trevelyan

West Melville, Northam, Devon. - Thanks Bob for the 'truly lovely book' ["Translations from Latin Poetry"?]. Enjoys the 'pictures of life' in it, and comments on 'how fresh that past seems to our ageing present!'. Thinks he has mentioned that he has also tried to 'live in that distant time': his book is finished and he has sent it to Constables to see if they will publish. Had a 'very friendly and favourable recommendation' from Helen Waddell - expects Bob knows her, or at least her work. Bob knows he is not a classical scholar, but he has been reading about the first century for the last two years and 'lived [himself] a little way into it'. Quotes approvingly from Bob's translation of Catullus [4: "Phaselus ille..."]. Wishes he could see Bob and hear him read, but the distance between them is 'so far'. Hopes to be in London in September, or perhaps November, and will see if he can visit then. Hopes Bob and Bessie are 'as well as we ageing creatures can hope to be'. Still enjoys bathing, and finds he feels 'young again, if only for a few minutes' when swimming. Katharine has had a 'bad summer and spring', with tonsillitis leading to a 'long operation' from which she is only slowly recovering; she gets 'very depressed at times'. Would like to take her somewhere for a change, but hotels are busy, so in October they hope to go to Cornwall; meanwhile Katharine might spend some time at her sister's flat in Hampstead. Thanks Bob again for the book which will take him 'far from this troublous age.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Arrived late after a 'rather uncomfortable journey', and found the car waiting for him with 'Norah Richmond and a Miss Grant in it', who remembers meeting Bessie at Wallington; Norah is a 'handsome very independent young lady, who paints'. Is staying in the West room, he thinks for the first time. Molly 'seems cheerful' and is pleased with 'Mary's successor and with the man about the house'. The District Nurse will look after his leg. Many children here: he thinks Elizabeth, Janet and Katriona, and Marjorie's whole family will come soon as well as Patricia's two. George wants him to come [to Hallington] for a couple of nights so will probably stay on 24 and 25 August before travelling back to London on the 26th. [Claude] Colleer Abbott has written asking Bob to visit him, but he must refuse; expects he can see him soon in London. Is not too tired by the journey. Hopes Bessie had a good day in London, and had 'nice talks with Ethel and Sam [Clausen]'.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Casa al Dono, Vallombrosa (Prov. di Firenze). - Is greatly touched by Bessie's letter: 'I have cared little for admiration, but have been insatiable for affection'. His health is failing and his hearing becoming worse. Another book of his is coming out soon in Italy, but he fears the English version will not be published for years.

Letter from John Luce to R. C. Trevelyan

45 Temple Fortune Hill, N.W.11. - Thanks Bob for his "Translations [from Latin Poetry]": a 'most attractive little book', with 'the print a joy'. Happy to see the 'lovely translation' of Catullus's "Epithalamium", he thinks for the first time; also loves Bob's translation of 'the old favourite "Vivamus, mea Lesbia..."' [Catullus 5], and quotes a line from a previous version of it which always makes him smile. Had not studied Leopardi before but likes Bob's versions, and also the Italian folk songs. José [his wife] asks him to thank Bob too. The 'great event' this week has been the arrival of Ethel [his aunt] and Sam: they have talked on the telephone, and hope to meet on the August bank holiday weekend; until then the Clausens are visiting his aunts at Gloucester and uncle in Dublin. Jane [his daughter] is doing well; thinks she is 'a forward child'. Asks when Bob and Bessie can come to visit; he hopes soon; they cannot come to the Shiffolds because of Jane.

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

The Master's Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge. - Thanks Bob for his letter; since he, Bessie, and Desmond MacCarthy all think that George's "Autobiography" was all right and a good length, George feels he has 'managed that rather delicate operation satisfactorily'; Glad Bob likes the rest of the book ["An Autobiography and Other Essays"]. Fears he cannot say that Janet is getting better, though she is no worse; glad that Dr [Karl] Bluth has seen her, who 'quite agreed' with their Dr Simpson about the case.

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