News on the progress of translating 'The Golden Bough'; he has the French edition and thinks it should be done in two volumes, and perhaps have an appendix with information taken from Italian sources; clarifies the use of the word 'marines'; asks for her opinion on the best subtitle to the work, of five options; finds it more entertaining than Jules Verne's books.
66 Due Macelli [on mourning stationery] - Is disappointed that 'Il Ramo d'Oro' is still not published; when Lauro left Rome on 15 Oct. he entrusted her with the last reading of the proofs; has visited, telephoned, and written the editor [Alberto Stock] to no avail, but in his defense the work of taking over the publishing house in such disorder has been a huge job; after fifty years in the country is still not used to the easy way people promise with no intention of keeping their word; hopes Sir James' investiture ceremony went off well; in the villages about Ariccia a pastry in the form of a man and a woman and several beasts is made, and wonders if these are what is left of the Manii; extensive excavations are taking place near Nemi and an imperial palace has been unearthed, and there is talk of draining the lake to get at the Roman wrecks, the ships of Tiberius; remembers Paul Loyson: 'Dear, dear Paul, bright figure in what seems now a past incarnation'; Lauro is having great success in his lecture-tour and is now in California.
66 Due Macelli [on mourning stationery] - [Alberto Stock] assures her that books were mailed to Lady Frazer three weeks ago; she is no longer on speaking terms with Stock, has withdrawn a translation which he was to publish; Lauro went back to America on an important mission; there is general dissatisfaction with Stock. Accompanied by the envelope.
66 Due Macelli [on mourning stationery] - Hopes she has received the copies of 'Il Ramo d'Oro' and reviews the other addresses they were sent to: L'Académie des Inscriptions, British Museum, Cambridge University Library, and Trinity College Library; did not answer her letters because she was ill and then her two sons returned home from America: 'Lauro is still spinning rapidly with American business to wind up'.
Ajaccio, 54 Cours Napoléon - Refers to her story of reconciling with Marett [after the Frazer Lectures volume disagreement] and being on good terms with Elliot Smith as well; mentions an article by an admirer, Vincent de Peretti in the Corsican newspaper. Accompanied by the envelope.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - In the letter of 15 Feb., he thanks her for the Frazer Bibliography and 'La crainte des morts; is also reading Paul Valéry; in the letter of 18 Mar. he mentions the procession of [Notre Dame de] la Miséricorde going on that day and is happy to hear they are back in Britain, knows things will get better as they adjust to the new ways of doing things; in the letter of 10 Apr., he recounts a visit to the town where his parents lived and has his brother-in-law visiting for a week; later that month he comments that he is ashamed of his work compared to her active life and notes it is a pity that their trip to Glasgow is complicated by [Sir James] Macfarlane's absence; is happy to hear of their return to Cambridge (4 June); later that month he thanks her for her letter full of details of Berne and admires the second volume of ['Worship of the] Dead'.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - In his letter of 19 Nov. he has received 'Aftermath' and marvels how quickly it arrived; reacts to news of her trip with such a chauffeur as she described; she is made for London or Paris, as he is a farmer, ‘je vous admire davantage et je n’ose plus rien vous dire’; is happy to hear that Sir James is working on an addition to 'Totemism'. In his letter of 24 Nov., he thanks her for the Somerset cream, which would be impossible to make in Corsica.
54 Cours Napoléon Ajaccio (Corse) - Has been imagining that he is at Sir James's birthday party; writes about the usage of 'sureau'; is sending his notes on the translation of 'Crainte I'; suggests they avoid the crowds of the Exposition when they go to Paris; Madame de Pange will also give assistance.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Thanks her for her letters full of news; is glad the Irish servant is there so that Frazer can focus on 'Totemism'; mentions the Queen Mary medal [given to Frazer on his birthday?]; refers to a situation relating to Père Gorce that she solved; he went on a trip to the convent of Corbara, the retreat of Père Didon, remembers his friend Msgr Mignot, the archbishop of Albi, who rid the Catholic Church of pagan traditions; tells Lilly she would have been a good ambassador to the Vatican.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Describes the fête of the Miséricorde; he has had to make a lot of corrections to a local journal which was proposing to print some cartographic maps; has been sent an article on Moors in Corsica by Charles de Giafferi; has sent his congratulations to the Director of the Fitzwilliam [Louis Colville Gray Clarke]; mentions their situation living in Grantchester, knows she is busy looking after things while Sir James works; it must be an enjoyable annoyance having so many presents; asks about names, if Louis sounds more chic than Lewis.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Thanks her for the magazines [about the coronation]; searches in vain for the text to a song about the Emperor who left Barcelona under the command of Don André, the Duke Doria.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Are being visited by the daughter of the Rouen industrialist M. Grassin-Delyle, who is also the niece of the collector [Louis] Deglatigny; has sent to [André] Berthelot some supporting documentation for the measurements and calculations.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Doesn't know why she is complaining of heat when the papers show London flooded, while in Corsica they are pining for water for their gardens and vines; writes of Martine [Giamarchi, a great niece] who is staying with him; reacts to the change from Baba to Pascha [for 'Pasha the Pom'].
[Letterhead of 54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse] de Cannelle d'Orcino - Has received 'Totemica' and is making his way through it with the aid of a dictionary; has received the brochure for 'Anthologia Anthropologica'.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio (Corse) - Thanks her for her happy letter; tells her it was Campana who was Consul général in London when they went to lunch with M. de Fleuriau; suggests she photograph the drawing of Sir James and send it to her friends; rejoices in the success of the books 'Pasha the Pom' and the first volume of the 'Anthologia Anthropologica'; is happy she let him send his reminiscences to [Sir Joseph John?] Thomson and to [Robert Ranulph?] Marett; has sent Catherine [Giamarchi] her note.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Is happy to hear good news from the Frazers; approves of [Henry] Balfour's description of Frazer[?] as le 'Maître Tisserand'; refers to the interconnectedness of blood relations in Corsica; refers to the Frazers' relative who has been appointed Archbishop of Bombay [Thomas d'Esterre Roberts]; is sorry to hear of Marett's accident.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Is sorry she is having troubles with the publication of ['Anthologia Anthropologica']; is glad that 'Pasha the Pom' is going so well; says there are French authors for whom publication in the United States is worth more than in Paris.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Dorothy Godfrey has given him news of them; has had a letter from Mrs Kerr, who is coming to stay for the month of May at the house belonging to Sir Warden Chilcott, is not coming with Admiral Kerr; describes an unexpected visit from M. Boillot.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Thinks her letter of the 14th was too modest; thinks Macmillan got what he deserved; urges her to go to Cambridge to assist at the inauguration of the Chair of Anthropology; is looking forward to Mrs Kerr's visit; has been head of a committee for the erection of a monument to Napoléon; encloses a photograph in which he is in a group standing in front of the statue. Accompanied by a photographic postcard, and an envelope addressed to Lady Frazer, Grosvenor Hotel, London.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Is glad to hear that she is resting. André Berthelot has died of an embolism, which will make the publication on the book difficult as he is not in Paris. Is pleased to hear of the useful assistant they have in [J. D.] Ashman; thanks her for the study of metrology by [David] Davidson, will take it to Cannelle.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Discusses the situation, pointing out that the Corsicans are not showing much sense: they admire [Neville] Chamberlain but don't seem capable of imitating him, they could not stop people from stoning the Italian Consulate, fears they will channel their anger at some poor Italian who has nothing to do with the ideas of his leaders.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse – Enjoyed the pages of the 'Times' and the coverage of the royal trip to Canada; saves such things for Martine [Giamarchi, a great niece] in 20 years; his old friend Albert Rivaud, whose father he knew, is elected to Lévy-Bruhl's chair at l'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, and in congratulating him mentioned that he knew her, and thanked him for being one of the first to admire 'Le Rameau d'or'; he was visited by two young English women, Miss Joan Quartley and Miss Gwenyth Wilkins, who saw the Frazers' portraits and were proud of the honoured position their countrymen had in his house.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Is happy to hear of the devotion of Aschman [J. D. Ashman]; thanks her for the books and for the copy of the 'Post'; thinks rest frightens her; [Albert] Rivaud will be happy to hear from her; Rivaud had begun a course on 'The Sacrifice' when he was appointed to edit the Leibnitz manuscripts.
[Stationery of 54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse] de Cannelle d’Orcino – Thanks her for her letter, finds their set up is similar to his, describes his room and view of la Cinarca; will return to Ajaccio on 1 October, and will be there for 3 years if necessary, but hopes that they will not need to go so far to end what is happening.
54 Cours Napoléon, Ajaccio, Corse - Is Chef du Centre de Corse and is directly in touch with Paris, is lucky in his colleagues, and he finds himself out of the isolation of the previous ten years; the post is being delayed by the war, but notes that books he has been seeking for a long time are being brought out of their hiding places by the war. Accompanied by an envelope addressed to Lady Frazer, Trinity College, and readdressed to Lady Frazer, 7 Causewayside, Cambridge.