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Letter from C. J. Vaughan to W. H. Thompson

W. H. Thompson, tutor at Trinity, to C. J. Vaughan, headmaster of Harrow about the admission of two boys: Cecil James Monro, and Montagu Butler.

Thompson, William Hepworth (1810-1886), college head

Letter from Mary Sidgwick to Henry Sidgwick

Apologises for having neglected to write to him. Declares that her time at Wellington College has passed pleasantly, but has been devoid of incident. Refers to Minnie's happiness with Edward, and to her domestic activities. Remarks that Edward, although not ill now, needs rest. Looks forward to 'the happy Rugby Xmas', and declares that she is glad she kept on the house there. Is very glad that Henry will be at home all the vacation, and hopes that he will ask [A. J.] Patterson to come. Explains that during the latter half of the vacation Edward and Minnie and William will be gone, and suggests that he invites his friends then. States that she will ask William about his friends when she passes through Oxford the following Thursday, when she is to meet Lucy Brown and lunch with her in William's rooms.

Reports that Mr [Francis?] Martin has just been [at Wellington College], and told her that Henry is looking 'remarkably well'. Adds that she thinks that Henry should be doing lighter work. Tells him not to let Arthur work too hard. Reports that William was at Wellington College that previous Sunday, looking very well. Refers to 'the appointment [of H. M Butler as new headmaster] to Harrow', and remarks that '26 sounds very young', but that she hears that Butler 'is a very fit man.' Is glad to hear that Henry comes home on 15 [December]. Asks him to give the enclosed [not included] to Arthur.

Sidgwick, Mary (d 1879), mother of Henry Sidgwick

Letter from Mary Sidgwick to Henry Sidgwick

Is very glad that Henry [and Arthur] are coming home [to Rugby] the following week 'to warm this cold empty house.' Reports that she is well, but that she hears that Minnie has a cold. Refers to imminent weddings: Mr Smythies. and Miss I. Anstey; Miss Atty and an Indian gentleman [i.e a British army officer who has served in India]; Miss [Sale] and 'a Mr. Smith'; and Miss Wratislaw. Urges to bring some copies of the photograph he mentioned, as she wants them for her self, and also for their 'old servant Hannah', who she hopes will come for Christmas. Asks if there is a photograph of Isaac [Barns]. Is pleased to hear of Arthur. Asks if he got Margaret's wedding cards from [Riddlesdon], and states that she 'really became "Mrs Cooper" on that day'. Saw Miss Attersoll at Wellington College; refers to her views on young headmasters. Adds that she hears that Mr Butler's appointment [as headmaster of Harrow] is very satisfactory. Refers to A. J. Patterson's impending visit. Asks Henry to thank Arthur for his letter, and to tell him 'to fix about his visit to Lee Warner' when he comes to Rugby. Also asks him to bring Arthur's certificate for the exhibition home.

Sidgwick, Mary (d 1879), mother of Henry Sidgwick

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

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Announced that he has decided to come to Rugby the week after the following week, instead of the following Thursday, as he had originally intended. States that he wishes to dine with his editor at Harrow on the following Saturday and see his friends there. Reports that Montagu Butler has been seriously ill, but is getting better. Is very sorry to hear about Mary, and asks for a better account to be sent as soon as she can. Also regrets to read her report of William, and states that he has no time to go and see him.

Regrets that he is not able to work as hard as he should like. Declares that he should have given himself a longer complete holiday during that long vacation. Reports on the work he has done. Thought that he 'should have got further towards explaining Spiritualism, one way or another'; however, 'it gives life an additional interest having a problem of such magnitude still to solve'. Asks his mother's opinion on the Bishop's address, and remarks that he thought it was 'exceedingly well composed on the whole'. Professes to be becoming more interested in ecclesiastical matters from reading English history. Sends his love to Mary and Edward.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Announced that he has arrived in Cannes 'after a somewhat trying journey': the worst part being the Dover to Calais crossing which he found so rough that he was afraid to subsequently take the night train to Avignon 'for fear of being regularly knocked up'. Was glad to instead spend a morning in Paris, a town he 'love[s] above all towns', where he suffered the effects of a very cold North Wind. Refers to the tradition of selling étrennes [new year's gifts], which he does not wish to 'transplant' to Britain; it is bad enough having to give presents to friends when they marry. Reports that he spent some hours in the Louvre, and found that his feeling for Greuze had grown.

Travelled on to Avignon that night, where he encountered a snow-storm. Remarks that the Palace of the Popes 'looks much more like a great barrack which it now is than like a palace'. He stayed in Marseilles on Wednesday night, and the next morning saw the Mediterranean for the first time. Complains that it has rained every day since he arrived. Reports that Symonds 'does not look at all well, but says he is better', and has sprained an ankle. Mentions that Montagu Butler is there, and that he intends to see him soon and hopes to hear about Haileybury and A G Butler. Reports that [Roden] Noel 'left a wideawake' with them, and asks her to send it to him in London. Asks her to keep carefully any letters about his room or else [ ] belonging to him that she may find. Reports that he had 'a melancholy business at Hastings dividing the library [of his friend Cowell, who died the previous month]'; he could not take all the books and those he had taken will 'oblige him to line [his] room with bookcases'. Remarks that this 'complete break-up, extinction of a family is very sad.'

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 E. P. Arnold to Caroline Trevelyan

Wixenford, Eversley, Winchfield:- Looking forward to re-assembling on 21 April, and hopes that they will see 'little Calverley' [at school]; they will do their 'best to understand him and help him and make him happy'. Is likely to be 'passing through town' during the holidays; will let her know the exact dates when they are confirmed, and will be 'most glad' to call at home 'or wherever it is most convenient for Mr Trevelyan'.

Is happy that, since Mr Trevelyan wrote to him, they have 'succeeded admirably' with one boy at Harrow the 'son of Mr Tomlin of 40 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park", who 'took Lower Remove' when he went to Harrow last September, and by the end of the term was first; according to Dr Butler he beat 'two very able entrance scholars' to do so. Knows that Mr Trevelyan was keen to know that Wixenford really do their 'utmost to get a boy on to the best place that his powers might admit of, without over-pressuring him. Arnold's friend, and predecessor as head, Mr Powles, examined all the boys last term and 'gave a very good report of them'; trusts that the teaching at Wixenford will continue to improve. William Egerton, Mordaunt Lawson and Hugh Walford (6 Cromwell Gardens, Queen's Gate), all go to Harrow at the end of this term, but he regrets none of them can expect to be placed highly, as they are 'not even if our little first class here'. They hope one boy will 'take a high place at Eton after Easter', and that 'Mr Arthur Guest's son will pass well into the Britannia next term'.

Apologises for writing so much about his 'little people', but expects that the Trevelyans know some of them and will also be interested for the sake of their 'own little boy'. Encloses a paper with a list of the clothes and other things which boys usually bring, and one about Exeats [included, see 110/3].

Mrs Arnold sends her regards, and hopes that when summer comes Mrs Trevelyan will be able to visit Robert at school. Arnold adds a postscript thanking Mrs Trevelyan for her 'kind concern at our scarlatina trouble'; they have certainly had an 'anxious time', but all the invalids have returned and are doing well.

The enclosed printed letter headed 'EXEATS' is dated July 1881; it states that on the request of parents children may be permitted to leave school once per term, from 11.30 am on Saturday till 1.30 pm the following Monday, or from 11.20 on Wednesday till 1.30 the following day. Mr Arnold is keen that exits be kept to a minimum, as 'they have often a very unsettling effect on the boy', and may also introduce 'infectious illness' into the school.

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 J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Trinity College, Cambridge - Wishes to withdraw from the Library Committee, as his specialty is not one in which the Library is strong; also doubts the utility of College libraries, 'a system which gives us in Cambridge eighteen very imperfect libraries and not one really good one.'

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 R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[on mourning notepaper]:- Is glad to hear from her last letter that Aunt Annie is better; hopes they will soon come back to England. At school, they have 'done about half of [their] trials [exams], and most of the difficult ones'.

Hopes his father's 'tour in Cornwall was successful'. It has been raining very heavily, including one thunderstorm which made 'the greatest downpour [he has] ever seen'. Is 'sorry to say' that Hughy Butler has been caught smoking, and is 'now in the Lower Sixth'; his father is 'very unhappy, and talks of taking him away'. Is afraid Hughy 'will be in a worse row by the end of the term'. A subscription is being got up for Miss Bartlett [the school matron at Wixenford?] and he wants to get photographs of the boys who are leaving, so will need some more money. Hopes she 'will not think [him] expensive', but he had not factored in these expense and thought he would have enough.

Georgie is well; Robert does not think he has had his 'quarter-marks' yet. They 'forgot to take back the story of Benyon the substitute'.

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.

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 J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Trinity College, Cambridge - Informs Butler that Warde Fowler has found a mistranslation of Pliny in a central argument in 'The Golden Bough', and Frazer suggests the fellowship committee should be informed and his fellowship re-evaluated in light of the new information. Accompanied by the envelope and photographs of the letter, mounted on two sheets.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to J. Peile

Sends to a draft of his reply, Compulsory Classics to the statement 'on the other side' [on the issue of allowing of alternatives for one of the classical languages in the Previous Examination; included]. Claims that it will require 'some little enlargement', but that they have agreed that 'it is best to get several people to write', and states that he is trying to get [H. M.?] Butler to do so. Adds that it was agreed that the statement should appear as [by] Henry Sidgwick', and states that he is waiting until the statement from the opposition is published.

Sidgwick, Henry (1838-1900), philosopher

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.

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'.

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'.

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