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Trevelyan, Elizabeth (1875-1957) musician, known as Bessie
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Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

Monk's Walk Cottage, Much Marcle, Dymock, Gloucester. - Returns the "Dutchman" [a translation of Joost van den Vondel's "Lucifer" by Bob and Elizabeth Trevelyan] which he has copied and thinks they should finish. Is glad Trevelyan likes "Mary and the Bramble"; agrees with his criticisms of it for lack of lucidity, and of the vulgarity in one passage (also criticised by Abercrombie's wife). The poem will be self-published. Hopes to host Dickinson soon, and would like to do the same for Trevelyan before the end of the year. May have to go to London, and if he does would like to meet and take in a concert, as he misses music a great deal. Sends a poem which is rather a metrical experiment.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

The Gallows, Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester. - Very sorry to hear of Trevelyan's "trouble and disappointment" [a miscarriage]; is glad that "Mrs Bob" is making a good recovery. Is alone since his wife and son are in Sheffield for medical treatment. Has written little poetry since his return from Italy, being occupied with his "Speculative Dialogues" (now postponed) and critical work on Thomas Hardy: "A real big fellow, I think he is now". Has also taken on play-reading for the Liverpool Theatre. Is glad to hear of Trevelyan's work on the "Agamemnon" [of Aeschylus]; he feels that "an actable version" of the whole "Oresteia" is needed, and should Trevelyan do one he'll try his best to get it acted in Liverpool. The theatre is very badly off, but he is trying to get good plays there: will ask Dickinson if he may suggest his "Lassalle" and also attempt to get Bottomley put on. Is interested to hear of Trevelyan's "Hun poet" [Ferenc Békássy?]; it is the Servians [sic] who most intrigue him at the moment. Asks if Trevelyan knows of any translations of the Servian Kosovo cycle. He and Moore have had a very amusing correspondence.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Ryton, Saturday. - Sends what he thinks must be the key to Bessie's trunk. The Abercrombies children are well; a "probationer nurse maid" has been hired for the baby [Ralph]. Has just read [Wordsworth's] "Peter Bell" and joins in Bob's praise of it; cannot think how [William] James failed to mention it in "Varieties of Religious Experience". Now reading [Giovanni Battisti Guarini's] "Il Pastor Fido": 'unreality has a peculiar value these days'.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wotton Lodge Nursing Home, Gloucester. - Thanks the Trevelyans for their letters following Catherine's operation [see 1/113 and 1/114]. She seems to be recovering well. The children are well and being cared for by grandmother or aunt. It is very good of the Trevelyans to offer a home for David, and please thank Lady Trevelyan for her kindness.

Postcard from Lascelles Abercrombie to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Postmarked Birkenhead. Addressed to The Shiffolds, but forwarded c/o Miss Leaf, 4 Barton St, Westminster SW. - Catherine has had another operation, but the trouble [cancer] should be cleared up now. Bob should be home soon, and they hope to see him. Hopes Wilfrid [Gibson] will be released [from his duties as a medical clerk] soon.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to Elizabeth Trevelyan

13 Princess Terrace, Balls Road, Birkenhead. - Thanks for his stay at The Shiffolds, and for the Vondel [Joost van den Vondel], of which he will take the greatest care. Massingham has his only copy of "Mary & the Bramble" at present, but he will let the Trevelyans see it one way or another soon. Has applied to C. P. Scott of the "Manchester Guardian", and thanks R.C. Trevelyan for offering to put in a word for him. Hopes they will finish [Vondel's] "Lucifer", and that he will soon hear of the completion of "Solomon", though he is perhaps looking forwards most to "Orpheus" or the "Hippogriff".

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Discusses his lack of fear when in the hands of the Germans, and his alarm at the threat he feels Soviet communism poses to Europe. Doubts whether he will ever travel to England again, but thinks of the Trevelyans often. Message from Nicky Mariano to Bessie written to the side of the letter: she thanks Bessie for praising her diary; several friends have suggested the end needs revising if she is to publish it; describes her feelings of 'bewildered relief....' at the end of the war.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Had no intention of distancing himself by his calling her 'Elizabeth' rather than 'Bessie' in his last letter [1/139]. It is distressing that she cannot move or plan 'without fear of government interference'. His hay-fever is better, but still annoying. Thanks for the letters, which Sylvia [Sprigge] brought back. His diary of the war years is coming out and he will send her a copy.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Apologises for not replying sooner to Bessie's last letter, having been too weak to write after flu. The market value of books is poor, so he is afraid she will not be able to meet her 'great expectations' for Bob's books: large edition of Botticelli drawings now an 'encumbrance'. Glad to hear Julian does well; remembers he had a good sense of colour. Also glad his second marriage is a success. Fears he will never see England again.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Thanks for her appreciation of his tribute to [Carlo] Placci, though he says "Horizon" cut much of it out ["A Latin Profile", "Horizon", June 1946, pp. 385-399]. As an undergraduate, people expected him to become a novelist, but he feels the marshalling of detail in narrative would have been difficult for him. Wishes the Trevelyans could visit again. He has much enjoyed Robert's translations of Virgil's "Bucolics" ["Eclogues"] and "Georgics", as well as his introductions and notes.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Casa al Dono, Vallombrosa (Prov. di Firenze). - Thanks for the letter and Bob's photo. Sympathises with Bessie on the disposal of Bob's library and letters. Thinks Wallington is the place for the letters, if Sir Charles will have them, otherwise some public library will take them; 'they must not be scattered'. Asks her to give his own letters to Bob to Silvia Sprigge, or send them to Umberto Morra. Feels that now Bob is dead and she cannot get about his walks, she would be best to leave the Shiffolds and move up to London. Recently had a visit from Bessie's relative Hubquelet [?].

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Hearing from Elizabeth that she was going to sell Robert's books, he contacted his friend Philip Hofer of the Harvard University Library about the possibility of them going there as the "R. C. Trevelyan library". Sends a letter from Hofer [now not present] with a proposal. Expects she has seen Sylvia Sprigge and will soon see Morra, and looks forward to hearing from them how she is. Is suffering from hay-fever and soon going to Ischia.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Casa al Dono, Vallombrosa (Prov. di Firenze). - Is greatly touched by Bessie's letter: 'I have cared little for admiration, but have been insatiable for affection'. His health is failing and his hearing becoming worse. Another book of his is coming out soon in Italy, but he fears the English version will not be published for years.

Letter from Bernard Berenson to Elizabeth Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - Glad to hear that Bessie's health is improved and she can now concentrate on finding a home for Bob's books. Fears he will only be able to spare £20, but hopes that sufficient contributions will be found. E. M. Forster visited recently, and he talked very fondly of Bob and the Shiffolds, as does Sylvia Sprigge. Morra is always on the move; Berenson does not think he has been in London lately and he would certainly visit Bessie if he could.

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