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Butler, Henry Montagu (1833-1918), college head
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Letters relating to the portrait of Lord Byron

Two letters from A. C. Benson to the Master of Trinity H. M. Butler in 1907 describing his acquisition of the portrait which had been very dirty, with the appearance of having been used as a target by children and offering it to Trinity, with another letter from S. Taylor to Canon Parry in 1925 concerning the portrait's similarities to Stephen Poyntz Denning's work.

Letters relating to the portrait of C. A. Smythies

Letter from V. H. Stanton to Trinity Master H. M. Butler forwarding a letter from E. F. Russell offering the painting to Trinity from the Office of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, with further correspondence from Russell as well as the Secretary of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa Duncan Travers. Six letters total, with a slip of paper identifying Smythies, and an envelope addressed to Butler.

Letters replying to invitations to Trinity College feasts

146 letters, most of them replies to invitations to dinner, with a few concerning arrangements to stay in rooms in College for the night, sent to the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, or specifically to Henry Montagu Butler, John Walton Capstick, Hugh McLeod Innes, or William Aldis Wright. An original letter of invitation may be found as part of item 65.

Thirteen of the letters concern other matters related to Trinity College business, as described below.
Items 9-11: Blomfield, Sir Arthur William. Asks to use the College Hall for lunch for the Royal Academy Club annual excursion, June 1899
Item 19: Dalzell, Robert Harris Carnwath, 11th Earl of Carnwath. 7 Jan. 1899. Remittance for fees, deducting a fine incurred by his son which should be paid for by the culprit
Item 40: Devonshire, Duke of. Undated. Contribution to the Trinity College, Cambridge Mission Appeal.
Items 61-62: Jebb, Sir Richard Claverhouse. 1896, 1898. Encloses payment for his subscription to the Trinity College Mission and the Cambridge House
Item 84: Parry, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings, 1st Baronet. 1898. Encloses payment for dues
Items 100-101: Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred. 25 Mar. and 1 May 1899, encloses lists of students and other women from Newnham who would like to attend the Rayleigh lecture
Item 108: Stanton, Vincent Henry. 3 Sept. n.y. Concerning the opening times of the Trinity College Library
Item 123: Webster, Richard Everard, 1st Viscount Alverstone. 19 July 1897. Encloses cheque for subscription.
Item 126: Whitehead, Alfred North. 21 Oct. n.y. To Capstick, asks for questions for the General Question paper

One letter appears to be personal, not Trinity College business: item 90, sent to John William Capstick by Georg Hermann Quincke 15 July 1896, who writes about electric currents, citing articles, and describing his overcrowded laboratory (in German).

Scores for various figures such as Oscar Browning, Dr Johnson, Montagu Butler and Plato

Scores for: 'Love of Good'; 'Love of Beauty'; 'Pride of Intellect'; 'Lust of Power'; 'Desire for Independence'; 'Kindness'; 'Sensationalism'; 'Sensuality; and 'Love of Work' given for 'O. B.' [Oscar Browning], Dr Johnson, Montagu Butler; Verrall; Welldon; Plato; and 'Ashley B[ickersteth]'. Plato scores highest with a total of 62 out of 90, and Butler lowest with 43. On a separate sheet, the characteristics are drawn in a spiral from 'Love of God' out to 'Love of Work'.

Arthur D. Ingram: correspondence relating to the donation of a print of William Hodge Mill

Correspondence concerning the donation of a print of Mill to Trinity College by Henry Manning Ingram, with four letters from his friend and Trinity College Master Henry Montagu Butler dated Jan. 1908, with two other letters relating to Mill sent to Ingram, one of them from J. H. Cooper enclosing a letter from Mill to Charles Gordon. After H. M. Ingram's death, the correspondence continues, with 18 letters between his son Arthur D. Ingram (carbon typescripts) and Butler (originals). Much of the correspondence deals with the wording for the accompanying plaque and inscription on the back of the frame featuring biographical information for William Hodge Mill and Henry Manning Ingram, and is accompanied by six letters from Mill's grandsons Philip G. L. and Edmund Webb, and letters from James Gow and James Marshall. In addition, there are six letters sent to and from W. H. Mill: two to and from Thomas Robinson, two from C. A. Fowler, two more from Mill to [Samuel?] Wilberforce and Mill's mother.

Ingram, Arthur David (1869-1945) son of Henry Manning Ingram

Letters to Sydney Holland, 2nd Viscount Knutsford

Ten letters from:

  • Lord Haldane, 2 Mar. 1906, 6 July 1916
  • George Otto Trevelyan, 20 Oct. 1920, 1 Dec. 1912, 31 Jan. 1914, 16 Jan. 1923
  • Henry Montagu Butler, 30 Jan. 1914
  • Arthur C. Benson, 11, 13 June 1924
  • Montague John Rendall, 20 July 1916

Holland, Sydney George (1855-1931), 2nd Viscount Knutsford, barrister

Letter from Sir Henry Maine to Henry Sidgwick

Explains that he had postponed writing to Sidgwick until he returned to the India Office in order 'to be able to review the state of official business', and that he had come to London the previous day. Refers to the fact that between his election to 'the [Whewell] Professorship and the present time', he had not resigned his membership of the India Council, and had 'prepared and delivered a course of lectures on International Law.' Explains that his intention was 'to prevent any inconvenience to the Secretary of State.' Announces that the India Office now require his further assistance or services, and that there is one piece of business involving the proposed reorganisation of the Public Service in India, his withdrawal from which 'might certainly embarrass the Secretary of State seriously.' Refers to the government of India, and to the 'educated Natives' of the country, who take an interest in politics, and more specifically, 'in the system by which public employment is distributed.' States that he was involved in the formation of a powerful Commission to investigate the subject, and that he has had much correspondence unofficially with some of the Commissioners 'and latterly with Lord [Dufferin].' Explains that the Commissioners are now preparing their report, which will shortly be before the India Office.

Asks Sidgwick his opinion on the wisdom of he [Maine] asking Sidgwick to mention to those involved [in appointing Maine to the Professorship] that he proposed to retain his seat in Council, until the above questions are disposed of. Owns to be taken aback by the opinions which Sidgwick has reported to him. Announces that he returns to Cambridge that night, and that before leaving he wrote to the Master of Trinity [Henry Montagu Butler], explaining to him why he had not as yet acted further on his advice.

Letter from William Cory to Henry Sidgwick

Expresses his surprise at being invited to the [Conversazione] Society's dinner. Gives his address in North Devon. Invites Sidgwick to his home, where he could ensure him, 'absolute seclusion for literary work, with very good air on high ground, plenty of shade, cool rooms. No dust or flies or formalities.' Refers to the visits of Montagu Butler, who had brought a man called [John Henry?] Pratt with him the previous year. Hears reports of Sidgwick through another guest. Also mentions the visit of Frederick Pollock and his wife. Announces his intention of being in Zurich during the month of July, but intends to be 'fixed' in his home in Devon for the rest of the year. Claims that he is 'not rich enough to go to London' that he 'shrink[s] from "society" out of the neighbourhood in which [he has] business to transact'. Claims that he never 'was fit to be a member of the C.C.S.'

Letter from F. W. Pethick-Lawrence to Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

‘The Echo’ Office, 19 St Bride Street, Fleet Street, E.C.—Is sorry he can’t be with her this afternoon, but he will be especially nice to ‘the two dear kiddies’ at the weekend. His evening (at Trinity) went well, and the Master said that the ‘dear boy’ (Frank Pethick) was much loved.

(Undated. Cf. 6/64-5 and 6/71.)

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

The Shiffolds, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking. - Thanks his father for sending back the Maupassants [see 46/338], and also for the Saturday Review. He and Bessie were very much interested in his father's letter 'as a delightful bit of biography and autobiography', as was his 'chapter in the Life of Dr Butler [The Harrow Life of Henry Montagu Butler]'. Wonders where the quote about 'Gladstone rising to make his reply to Disraeli' came from;: 'perhaps from Morley's Life [of Gladstone]'.

The only time he himself 'ever saw or heard Disraeli' was when his mother took him, he thinks 'as a boy of seven or eight... into the Ladies' Gallery [at the House of Commons]'; of course he has 'only a very dim recollection of him', especially since his short-sightedness meant he 'could not see him distinctly'.

'[B]eautiful Spring weather here today', with the leaves 'coming out everywhere, though not on the oaks yet'. Has 'just been assisting Julian to shave himself'; he now has to shave 'twice or even three times a week'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

Trinity:- Is glad that his father's 'Committee has not miscarried', and hopes it 'will not be unproductive and without issue'. Has not had time to 'follow political developments closely', but read Asquith's speech 'with great interest and approval'. Harry [Yates] Thompson and Dolly were at Trinity yesterday to stay with the Master. Thompson 'turned up' in Robert's room at 10 a.m. as he 'was dressing for a late Sunday breakfast', and found him 'covered by just that amount of clothing in which Nelson's sailors fought at the Nile and Trafalgar'.

Robert also saw Thompson at [Henry?] Jackson's after hall. There was discussion of the [Apostle's?] dinner, which will be on 20 June: they are 'for obvious reasons, very anxious to get a good attendance this time' and will try to get infrequent participants to come. Asks his father to 'use [his] powers of persuasion' if he meets anyone in the House of Commons or elsewhere 'who might perhaps come without it'. They are 'anxious to know [C. H.] Tawney's address'; asks his father to send it to him if he knows it, or 'tell [James] Parker Smith, the president'. Welldon has been asked, and Robert hopes he will 'turn up'. Asks whether Lord Carlisle every comes. The 'Chancellor [of the Exchequer] is for various reasons we fear impossible'.

Asks whether all is well at home. Chanced to see 'an energetic counter-attack of C[harles] upon [Edward?] Stanley', but has not 'seen the provocation'; supposes Charles will keep it so Robert will be able to see it in London. Is staying inside all today with 'a cold in the head of the kind that makes one very stupid', but is otherwise well. George is speaking tomorrow 'on Disestablishment'; he 'must speak at least once a term, as he is now on the committee'; he is well, and 'thoroughly engrossed in his work'. Robert sends his love to his mother, whom he proposes to call 'Matuschka' in future. Harry Thompson says the Master 'ate something that did not agree with him at the Saturday dinner, and has to keep to his bed all Sunday from indigestion'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Trinity College Cambridge [on headed notepaper for Clare College, with Clare crossed through]:- Thanks his mother for her letter. 'Old Vanity' [A. G. Watson, of Harrow] is here, staying at the lodge [the Master's Lodge at Trinity]; Robert saw him briefly, and he 'seemed very happy'. Charlie met him at dinner, but Robert dined with the Lytteltons [Kathleen and Arthur?], sitting next to Miss Gladstone and 'the Newnhamite who is expected to have done best in the classical tripos [Florence Stawell?]', which finished yesterday. They 'all hope that O'Rorke has got through', but are not sure.

Charlie 'seems very well indeed, but has not been doing much work'. They went for an 'expedition in canoes up the Cam yesterday', bathed, and 'had tea at a village'. Hears Bowen is 'cutting out all the Waterloo part from G[eorgie]'s poem'. Hopes that his parents are well. Supposes the [general] election will definitely be in July. He and his friends have 'settled to go to the Lakes, and not to Scotland'; there will be four or five of them.

Letter from H. Montagu Butler to George Otto Trevelyan

Deanery, Gloucester. - Agrees it is 'pleasant' that their two boys [Arthur and Robert] 'would have been close together' [in the scholarship examination for Harrow?]: hopes it is a 'happy augury of future friendship'. His son has another year at Elstree then hopes to try again next year: he was only twelve last November, and is still 'very weak in translation' though his composition is 'promising'. Trevelyan's son came top of all the scholars in the two translation papers: hopes he will have a 'bright & happy time' at the Grove [Harrow house]. Is going with his sons and two daughters for an expedition in the 'Forest of Ardennes [Arden]', as they call the neighbouring Forest of Dean, starting tomorrow; they should reach Tintern on Saturday. When the time for Trevelyan 's speeches comes, will think about him: quotes the lines from [Addison's] Cato which 'brought down thunders at the speeches in 1835', when 'Peel was... the hero of the ovation!'.

Letter from H. Montagu Butler to Robert Sinker


Trinity Lodge, Cambridge
March 10th 1891.

My dear Librarian,

I have the pleasure of sending you, in a truly splendid dress, the Autograph Score of Doctor Hubert Parry’s “Blest Pair of Sirens.”

I am to-day writing to thank him for his generous gift, which was formally accepted by the Council last Friday {1}.

The letters of Doctor Parry and Professor Stanford {2}, which I enclose, will, I trust, be preserved.

Believe me to be
Most truly yours
H. Montagu Butler


{1} 6 Mar.

{2} The other two letters pasted into this volume.

Letter from C. V. Stanford to H. Montagu Butler


10 Harvey Road | Cambridge
March 2. 1891

My dear Master,

I have the pleasure to send you with this the original autograph score of Hubert Parry’s ‘Blest pair of Syrens,’ which he wishes to present to the College for the Library. It struck me some time ago that as the College possessed the Manuscript of the poem, {1} it would be of interest & of value to them to possess also the original of the magnificent musical setting. Parry was, as is his nature, most unwilling at first to do anything which looked (as he put it) so “bumptious,” but I quieted his qualms on that point.

I send you herewith a letter {2} he wrote to me asking me to forward the score to the Council, & which, as it is really addressed to them altho’ through my mediation, I should be glad, if they wish, to leave in their hands.

Believe me, my dear Master,
yrs very truly
C V Stanford


{1} R.3.4.

{2} Parry’s letter of 28 Feb., also pasted into this volume.

Letters to William Whewell and Christopher Wordsworth

Includes letters by J. O. Halliwell, J. M. Heath about the August 1846 storm in Cambridge, H. Montagu Butler about a bust of Archdeacon Hare, Vernon Musgrave about a memorial to Archbishop Musgrave, with a draft from William Whewell to Vernon Musgrave.

Wright, William Aldis (1831-1914), literary and biblical scholar

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