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Trevelyan, George Macaulay (1876–1962), historian, public educator, and conservationist
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Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Decorated with transfer stickers of a fly, beetle and moths [?]. Is well and happy, hopes his family are too. Is 'going to try for the chess compitition [sic]', and Smith says he has 'a chance'. Asks what sort of bird Georgie caught. [James?] Tomlin gave him a moth. Thinks there are 'only more 60 days in the term'. Has 'bought the buterflie [sic] book from Browning' which he was meaning to buy anyway, for thirteen shillings: Newman's British Butterflies and Moths. Is going to write to Georgie soon. Sends love to all.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed illustrated notepaper for Lansdown Crescent, Blackpool:- They have had 'very reindey [rainy?] weather', with six large trees being blown down. There is a 'nice little kitten' there, which he and Sophie [Wicksteed?] have named Vic. They are 'very happy', and have 'such nice things to play with'. He and Georgie send their love.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Chief Secretary's Lodge, Phoenix Park, Dublin. - Is leaving early tomorrow to go to Welcombe; Bob's father is staying until Wednesday night. Has been very busy packing; the 'soldier boxes' will travel in the carriage. Charlie has written in 'very good spirits': he received good marks for his 'holiday task'. Hopes no more boys have got ring-worm, and asks whether the doctor has been to examine them. He must have had some days with good weather for football; asks if he will soon 'go into the big game'. They hope that some of the [Phoenix Park] murderers have been caught, and will be convicted. Hopes Bob gets on well with [Gerard Henry Craig] Sellar and Alexander. Georgie is very well; he is coming to Welcombe on Tuesday. Bob's father sends his love.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

40 Ennismore Gardens, S.W. - Thanks Bob for his letter and the crocuses: hopes his garden is 'very bright & gay' at the moment. Feels 'so sorry for the S[ackville Wests. it is very sad for them'. Has not seen anything in the papers about it [a reference to the death of Georgina Sackville West, cf 45/18]. Bob's father is very pleased he is top in Latin this week. Georgie has a 'large book case which he is very proud of', but does not have many books on it yet. Is sending two photographs which Bob can give away. His father is 'very well, & extremely busy'. The Phoenix Park murderers will be tried in April.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

40 Ennismore Gardens, S.W. - Wanted to visit Bobbie [at school] this week, but since it is Ascot races thinks it will be best to avoid that railway line until next week. Sorry there is whooping cough at the other school, which she expects is Mr Moreton's. Will bring him a pair of cricket shoes; supposes he wants them to have spikes. Asks if he can swim better this year: he should learn to if it does not tire him. It is 'very hot & dusty' in London, but is sure the butterflies are enjoying the weather. Bob's butterfly book has 'come home very nicely bound'; asks whether he wants it at school. Georgie sends his love; she is reading to him about Croesus, which he is enjoying.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

Inverness. - Hopes Bobbie will get this before he leaves Whitby; asks if he will be 'very sorry' to leave. She and his father will be home on Saturday night, so they will see each other soon. Sends something for him to read on his journey to help him 'imagine prehistoric forests as well as the animals who lived in them'. Going to Oban tomorrow: Bobbie's father used to go there for reading parties when he was a young man. He and his friends would 'read and write all morning & go out shooting & boating in the afternoon'. Perhaps Bobbie will do the same one day. Sends 'love & kisses to Georgie'; she hopes to see his photographs soon. Hopes Bobbie has found some jet on the shore. Sends love to Miss Martin [their governess], and asks him to tell Booa [Mary Prestwich, their nurse], that Caroline will receive any letter she wrote about the money tomorrow night.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter and the paper. Has not yet written a speech. There are seventeen conservatives and nineteen liberals in the 'youth parliament'. Is going to have dinner with Mrs Arnold this week. May have a chance of a prize for French. There was going to be a match with Farnborough, but a boy there 'has caught an disease'; they are playing 'the Camerons' again tomorrow. Writes the next portion of the letter in Latin: he sends his love to all; is her affectionate son. If she and George are well, he and Charles are well; it is eight in the morning on the Ides of December [13th Dec], 1883; he hopes she is well; nothing stands in the way of him coming home soon. He then switches to French to say he has no more notepaper and envelopes, and asks if she can send some, though he does not need any postage stamps. There is then a line in Ancient Greek: 'the elephants love the keepers'. Asks if he will go home on Friday. Writes 'the end' in English, Latin, French, Italian, Ancient Greek, Spanish.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Has arrived safely. Uncle Willie and Aunt Meggie [Price] came yesterday; Aunt Meggie is well, though Uncle Willie is 'rather lame'. They have been shooting today; 'several other gentlemen came'. They shot about forty pheasants, forty or fifty rabbits, and seventy rabbits released from bags - there was a black one among these. Grandpapa [Robert Needham Philips] is better, and went out shooting today for the first time this winter.

Is going to get his presents tomorrow. Charlie is well, and has received The Dutch Republic as a [school?] prize. Sends love to all; hopes his parents and Georgie are well. 'Tiny is quite well'. The weather has been 'very fine'; hopes this will continue. Will write again for Christmas day.

Note on last page from Anna M Philips to her sister, addressing her as 'Dearest Carrie'. They have 'had a lovely day for the shooting'; the boys have been 'very good and happy'. Charlie is now reading his book until tea-time, and they will play billiards after that. Both boys 'seem very well... and are very well behaved and no trouble'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Otto Trevelyan

On headed notepaper for Welcombe, Stratford on Avon:- Wishes them all a 'very merry Christmas and a happy New Year'. Has sent all his Christmas cards. The weather is fine 'though it freezed this morning'. Went riding yesterday morning, and this morning 'went to Warwick chapel'. They are 'going out rabiting [sic]' tomorrow. Went to Stratford yesterday with Aunt Annie, and bought all his 'Xmas presents'.

Note on last page from Anna Maria Philips, addressed to 'Otto'. Sends Christmas greetings to all, and wishes he, 'Carrie, and Georgie' could be with them. Hopes he will find the silver pencil case which she has sent him: it is 'for the Ink pencil leads'. The boys [Charles and Robert] are 'very good and happy'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan and George Macaulay Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter, which arrived on the 11th or 12th [February]; sends love to all. Fifteen boys have 'the plague, ie chickenpox' including Hicks, Lid, Lawson, Barnaby, Law, O'Brien, Booth, Rumbold, Davenport, Clive, Clerk, Van de Weyer mi[nor] and Lenox. It 'is awful fun, there are such a few of us'. Is sleeping in Sac[k]ville West's room, as all his usual room-mates are ill, and likes it 'very much'. The first [form] are 'doing Physiography instead of geography, the book is by Huxl[e]y, and it is very interesting indeed. Hopes his father is well.

Continues with a letter to [his brother] Georgie, wishing him 'many happy returns of the day' as he thinks tomorrow is his birthday; Georgie should 'count that purse as [Robert's] present. Hopes he is getting on well with Latin, and that his leg is better. Sends his love to Booa [Mary Prestwich] and hopes she is well.

Series of sketches on the back page showing the misfortunes of a man attempting to shoot a 'bun[n]y': '1 He misses. 2 He hits his hat He goes over [a cliff] 3 He is shot while revenging himself 4 He goes in [to the sea or other body of water].

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter, and sends love to all. Is 'so sorry to hear of Stewart's death'. 'Bowine has got the plague [chickenpox?], the others have recovered' and Robert is back in his old bedroom. They did not go to church today as it rained. Asks his mother if she knows where they will go for the 'next hol[iday]s'. Is now reading an 'awfully fine book by Henty' called In Freedom's Cause, about Wallace and Bruce; has finished the other book. Is 'getting on very well'; has a lock on his desk now. Hopes Georgie is better.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Is sorry his mother is unwell; glad it is not serious. A boy called Weston wants to swap butterflies with him; asks if she thinks any would break if she brought his box from home when she comes. Is glad Charlie 'has got those eggs' [also a reference to butterfly collecting?]. The school began bathing on Thursday and the weather is 'beautifully fine'. Adds a postscript saying that he has not caught any butterflies yet, but has a 'Gold tail moth caterpillar'. Hopes his father, Aunt Margaret, and Georgie are well. Has got enough medicine, but Miss Bartlett said his mother might as well bring another 'bottle of Pancraticus, not the milky stuff'.

Childhood ephemera, school-work and certificates of R. C. Trevelyan

1: card with coloured illustration of man fishing and title 'Oh reward my patience'. Inscribed on back 'to Bobbie from Georgie'. After 16 February 1876.
2: valentine, with printed verse, "Think of Me", paper lace and scraps.
3: valentine, with central silk [?] panel printed with message 'Believe me, this fond heart shall ne'er deceive thee', paper lace and scraps. Inscribed on back, 'Bobbie with Annie [Philip ?]'s love'.
4: valentine, with coloured embossed flowers and message 'With love's greetings'. Inscribed on back 'From Georgie' [in hand of George Macaulay Trevelyan]. After c. 1880.
5: school exercise by [Robert?] Trevelyan on the 'Conversion of Northhumbria [sic], with comment 'You take no pains!' and mark in pencil [perhaps by the Trevelyans' governess Henrietta Martin?].
6: rough account [perhaps for a Latin exercise?] of the siege of Tripoli [in the Levant] during the Crusades according to Novairi [Al-Nuwayri]. In pencil, 2 pages.
7: rough notes on botany. In pencil, 4 pages.
8: 'History of hyde ch I 1763 to 1742 BC'. Imaginary account of the history of Hide, 'an island' next to the island of Kensington, its first people and rulers. 2 pages, in pencil. Labelled 'Bobbie' in another hand at the top. [Robert Trevelyan's family lived until 1886 at 40, Ennismore Gardens, south of Hyde Park].
9: Elementary Certificate issued by the Tonic Sol-Fa College, awarded to Robert Trevelyan, 3 Apr 1884. Printed certificate, filled in by hand and signed by Robert Griffiths, Secretary and Leonard C. Venables, Examiner.
10: Intermediate Certificate issued by the Tonic Sol-Fa College, awarded to Robert Trevelyan, 17 Dec 1884. Printed certificate, filled in by hand and signed by Robert Griffiths, Secretary and Leonard C. Venables, Examiner.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Is glad Georgie has arrived safely. They began bathing yesterday, which he much enjoyed; the weather 'was not cold; though it is usually very cold at first'; the eleven will bathe today. Is 'so glad' they are 'going out' [to Ireland, where his father is Chief Secretary?], 'what a joke it will be'. Sends thanks to his father for his letter; will write to him next Sunday. 'The thing about "The skin" and the "Hydraulic patent thing" were both very good'. The picnic last Thursday went very well, with very fine weather. Pen and ink sketch of a battle scene follows the letter.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Is 'very well and happy', and hopes they all are as well. The school 'licked Flamborough yesterday'; S[ackville] West scored the only goal, though Flamborough had 'three corner kicks'. Robert is 'top for Latin this week'. Asks her to give Georgy the crests. The 'two smallest Sac[k]ville Wests seem to be all right'. There are '18 more days [of term]'. There will be two more matches with Farnbourgh.

Sketches of house on the third and fourth pages.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter. Gives the scores for a school cricket match against Mortimer yesterday, in which they were beaten; most of the Wixenford boys 'were ill during the last innings', and were all ill on the journey home and most during the night, though he and G[eorgie] are all right now. There is a match at Wixenford on the 24th against Hartley Row. Comments on the 'very good photograph of Spider'. Has received a letter from Archie, who has been unwell but has just gone back to Charterhouse. Bathing is beginning now. Is very glad that Molly has come back. 'Account all right'. Adds a postscript noting how hot the weather is; is 'glad Papa likes it, and is quite well'; the beginning of a request for his mother to send something is crossed through.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter. Gave Mr A[rnold] the 'photograph of G[eorgie?], and he 'liked it very much. Mr Arnold says that it will be 'very convenient' for her to come on Saturday the 30th [May?]. Hopes that 'Papa will soon get well, and Grandpapa [Sir Charles Trevelyan?] too'. Georgie is very well, but 'has a slight cold'. Asks his mother when Molly is coming. There was a thunderstorm this afternoon. Has 'hardly seen a single butterfly yet'. There is going to be a [cricket] match against Bracknell on Thursday, and soon one against Mortimer; has got a new bat, which is 'a beauty'; it 'drives like anything, and is very light'.

Sketch under the signature, showing two people standing opposite each other, perhaps fencing [?].

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter. Thinks Georgie has nearly recovered from his cold. Has received a letter from 'Grandpapa Philips', and will write to him today. There was meant to have been a [cricket] match with Bracknell last Thursday but it rained so they did not come; it also rained on Friday, so the match will now be next Monday. Robert is in the eleven, at square leg. Has not got a cover for his bat, but can 'easily' get one by sending the measurements. Does not think Georgie wants any paper, as Robert 'can rule the un-ruled paper' for him; Robert would like a few stamps, as he has not got many. Hopes 'Papa is nearly well, and will be able to come'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Dated in Latin: 'Ante Diem octavum Kalendas Julias [25 May], A[b] U[rbe] C[ondita] 2441 [year since the founding of Rome, but Robert has miscalculated as this is a 17th century date]. First part of the letter is also in Latin: if his mother and Georgie are well, he and Charles are well [a typical beginning for a Roman letter]; he sends love to all. They will begin to bathe next week, or perhaps this week. The half-holidays are Wednesday and Saturday; it doesn't matter much when she visits, but it would be 'nicer' if she chose one of those days. Is sorry Aunt Margaret is unwell. Asks about Spider and Twopenny. Adds a postscript saying that there will be a match soon, then rounds off the letter with 'finis, τέλος, la fin, the end'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to George Otto Trevelyan

Thanks his father for his letter. Thinks G[eorge] is happy and 'quite at home' [at Wixenford]. Mr Arnold has told Robert to ask Charlie how much he will have to know when he goes to Harrow; wrote to him a few days ago. Likes the Virgil and Euripides' "Iphigenia" very much. Hears that Welldon has been chosen for Harrow [as headmaster]; hopes he is a 'nice man'. He and George are getting on well in their work. Asks his father to thank his mother for her letter and the umbrella. Tomlin 'took Up[p]er Shell'. [Nugent] Hicks is going to Harrow next term. Has written to Grandpapa T[revelyan]. Sends love to all, 'Spider included'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter. Thinks Georgie is 'quite happy'. Has talked to Mr Cole about a [cricket] bat, who thinks Robert would do best with a '12s 6 d.' one from Lillywhite's. There is going to be a match with a new school at Bracknell belonging to Mr Maresfield. Is 'getting on very well' with Euclid. Tomlin is 'top of his class this week'. Hopes Charlie is doing well. Georgie says he forgot to thank her 'for the bit about Wolseley, it was very interesting'. Hears 'Lord Suddley is dead'. 'Accounts done'. Robert sends his mother the [school news?] paper.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter and the 'paper about the match', which he now returns. Asks if 'we two' [he and George] are going by London. Thinks he will sent his bat to Lillywhites 'to get it peg[g]ed', which it badly needs. The 'consort' is on Saturday the 25th. The school played the 'Camerons' on Thursday and 'course we were licked, 154 to our 52'. Has begun his medicine. Hopes his father is well. The holidays are now 'quite close'. He and George are getting on well.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

The concert went very well; the first part of the swimming competition was on Friday and 'the style' is tomorrow. Thinks Isaac ma[jor] has 'got the upper throwing and his brother the lower' but this has not been read out; is sending home the program. Is sorry to hear about Mrs Bostock's son. Hears 'the Conservatives are licked already'. His [cricket] bat will come back soon [from Lillywhites: see 45/66].

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

They are both [he and Georgie] wearing their 'flannel shirts now', which are 'very comfortable. The parson preached 'a Conservative speech about disestablishment (rather out of place where it was)', and they 'all laughed about it afterwards' since he 'kept calling the party for disestablishment robbers'. They had their paper-chase last Wednesday, but it rained [portion of text obscured by tape here]. Supposes everything will be taken to Grosvenor Crescent from Ennismore Gardens if the latter is to be let, and that it will be all right to send letters there. Does not think he needs 'anything particular'. Adds a postscript saying they are now reading Cicero and Horace; likes Cicero, though it is 'rather hard'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 40 Ennismore Gardens, SW]. Is glad the elections are now going better. Asks whether 'Uncle Harry' [Holland] and Mr Cussins [John James Cousins?] ' have got in. The candidates here [in Wixenford's Basingstoke constituency] were Mr Sclater-Booth and Mr Eve: Sclater-Booth 'the tory got in, by a huge majority'. He and the rest of the eleven went for a 'long walk' this afternoon; the match with Farnborough is next Thursday. Supposes they [he and Georgie] are going home to London first. The school beat Mortimer one-nil last Wednesday. Mr Arnold has lent Robert the translation of the Iliad, since he has finished the Odyssey. The minute hand of Robert's watch 'has disappeared'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

[On headed notepaper for 40 Ennismore Gardens, SW]. Thanks his mother for her letter, and asks her to thank his father for his. The school beat Mortimer one-nil, with Holt ma[jor] getting the goal. It was 'raining leaves as well as rain' during the match, and the 'ground was one mass of mud' and very slippery. By the end they were 'all covered with a thick coating of mud from head to foot' and he does not think their flannels will ever get clean; wishes Booa [Mary Prestwich] could have seen his new shirt. Grandpapa [Sir Charles Trevelyan or Robert Needham Philips] has sent him and Georgie a pound each, and they have both thanked him. Georgie has had a 'slight cold'. Adds a postscript asking if his mother knows whether [Nugent?] Hicks 'has got his dubble[sic]'.

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