Drayton Mansions, Drayton Gardens, S.W. - Forwards a [book? or the enclosed circular?] featuring his books 'The Crimea and Transcaucasia' and 'The Bondage and Travels of Johann Schiltberger' with quotations from the 'Saturday Review' and 'The Times' in the same hand on the front.
From Professor Rhys, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford - Thanks him for 'Adonis, Attis, Osiris'; has read A. B. [Cook]'s article in 'Folklore' and is 'much exercised' that his Sky God and Frazer's deity of increase and fertility overlap.
Bound volume with a MS list of Fellows, alphabetically arranged. Title from title page, which continues: "By Charles Henry Cooper, continued to the present time by John Wm. Cooper, LL.B., 1860". Last dated entry 1904.
(The handwritten title on the front cover is, ‘Chaucer | The Knight's Tale | Collation of ll. 1–116 | [printed heraldic design] | W. W. Greg’. The printed design included the date ‘1920’, which was altered by Greg to ‘1922’.)
Greg, Sir Walter Wilson (1875–1959), knight, literary scholar and bibliographer
Refers to the proposed memorial to Henry Sidgwick in the 17 January issue of the Nation, in which his interest in the cause of female education is given 'as a chief reason why American students should subscribe to the memorial fund'. Asserts that there are other reasons also, and refers to Sidgwick's published writings on philosophy, ethics and economic science, for which, he says, many students owe a great debt of gratitude. Refers also to Sidgwick's interest in American affairs, and his benevolent attitude to that country and to its scholars who came to study in Cambridge.
Armstrong, Andrew Campbell (1860–1935) philosopher
Reports that he has just finished reading Arthur Sidgwick's biography of Henry Sidgwick, which, he claims, 'had a purifying and ennobling influence' on his heart. Explains that he is a Methodist preacher, and does not have the same attitude to Christianity as Henry Sidgwick had, but asserts that the latter 'found his abiding place on earth in it. Compares the effect of the book on him to that which he experience on reading, as a young man, the biography of Charles Kingsley. Adds that he lived in Oxford not long before, and claims to have known Arthur Sidgwick's face on the street, and so read the book for his sake.
Copy of letter in Nora Sidgwick's hand. Did not wish to write to her at once [after the death of Henry Sidgwick], but now as she has returned to England, writes to tell her how deeply he feels his loss. Since Henry first taught him thirty years previously he was a great influence to him both in intellectual matters and 'practical matters of conduct and wisdom, considerateness, unselfishness, and resolute impartiality....' Expresses his gratitude for having had so many opportunities of conversation 'with so noble a character.' Adds how entirely [his wife] Kathleen feels with him, and how deeply she has been sympathising with Nora throughout the period since Henry's death.
Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
The Cambridge Teachers College. Dated Wednesday Night - Thanks him for the book [his 'Pausanias'?], which she wanted desperately to buy, and which had caused her to walk 'up and down my room for half an hour fighting against the temptation to buy it'. Carbon copy, gap in typescript not completed in manuscript.
Typewritten copy. Remarks on some aspects of an article Arthur is writing on [W.H?] Thompson. Gives his own impressions of Thompson: that, despite his 'illnatured sayings', he was a kind man; recalls the enjoyment he derived from conversing with him. SHas decided not to write an obituary notice for him, because, despite having a real admiration for the man, he has 'always regarded his life as a failure, 'because though the quality of his production was excellent, its quantity was so very meagre.' Believes that although he was not made to be a great thinker or 'epoch-making scholar', he might have done a great work 'in the way of mediating between ancient thought and the modern spirit.' Undertakes to send anything else he thinks worth saying on the subject, and expresses the desire to see Arthur's article.
Typewritten copy. The only other thing that occurs to him about Thompson is that he was 'an admirable writer of letters': he himself had several from him on various occasions, which were all good, 'in their different styles, [always] easy and delicate, saying just what was intended without apparent effort.' Suggests that Arthur look at the Athenaeum of the previous Saturday, 'where there is a notice by someone well informed (probably Jackson).' Believes that there are also two notices in the Saturday [Review, but has not had time to read them.
Refers to a letter from von Hügel some months previously on the subject of Sidgwick's' 'little book on the History of Ethics'. Explains that he did not reply because he miscalculated the time it would take him to finish his book on politics on which he was at that time working, and reports that he has only just sent it to the publisher. Explains that he is about to leave for a holiday in Switzerland, and assures von Hügel that his letter has not been discarded. States that the two points which von Hügel chiefly criticised in the book 'were both of much interest'; one of them being the contrast Sidgwick drew 'between Christian and pre-Christian civilisation in respect of religious persecution.' Assures him that he had no intention of making any charge against Christianity, and refers to Plato's advocacy of such persecution, as well as to the persecutions of the Roman Empire, and to Tacitus' thoughts on the subject. The other point to which von Hügel had referred was in relation to 'the vagaries of Luther and Calvin in sexual matters'. Admits that he ought to have said something about this, and explains that he did not mention it because he felt that he should 'maintain a severe reserve [on] the whole subject of sexual morality.' Claims that the relation of Christianity to this area of human life is a matter of extreme interest to him, and intends to add 'at least a few sentences' on the matter whenever another edition of his book is called for. Refers to another minor criticism, which von Hügel made in relation to the content of the book
Typewritten copy of letter. Her letter has just reached him at Var on their return from the island [the Île Roubaud]. Regrets that he and Nora will not be able to join her, as they have two necessary visits in Switzerland, and he must be in England again on 17 September. He and Nora are to attend two more 'experimental evenings' [involving Italian medium Eusapia Palladino and some prominent members of the Society for Psychical Research]. Wrote a letter to her husband, James Bryce, the previous morning, but fears that it will have just missed him. Their stay has been longer than had been previously anticipated, but believes that the prolongation has been of use. Refers to the Mediterranean island on which they have been staying, which is a delightful place to live, apart from the presence of mosquitoes. Wishes her and her husband a successful tour, and expresses his regret that he and Nora cannot join in it. Sends Nora's kindest remembrances.