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Trevelyan, George Macaulay (1876–1962), historian, public educator, and conservationist
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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

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 R. C. Trevelyan to Margaret Price

Thanks 'Aunt Meggie' for the letter and flowers; will put some in the schoolroom and some in the drawing room. His mother gave him a canary, which died after three days, so his grandfather gave him another. Georgie is 'learning his months and his tables', and can do an addition sum with help. Robert thinks he saw some metal in a piece of flint through his microscope'.

Papers of Erskine Childers

  • CHIL
  • Fonds
  • 1880–1922

The papers consist of correspondence, printed material, writings, personal papers, and photographs documenting the English life of Erskine Childers. The correspondence includes incoming letters to Erskine and to Molly Childers, copies of letters sent by Erskine, and a large number of letters written to others from others.

There are over 75 letters from Erskine to Molly dated 1903-1913; Erskine's other principal correspondents include Ian Hamilton, Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, and Basil Williams. Molly's principal correspondents include Benoît-Constant Coquelin, Kate Courtney, and John Singer Sargent. The collection includes letters from a variety of other correspondents, among them Edward Arnold, Julian Corbett, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, William James, Lord Kitchener, J. Ellis McTaggart, Walter Runciman, George Bernard Shaw (to Emily Ford), and G. M. Trevelyan.

Printed material includes cuttings of reviews for 'The H.A.C. in South Africa', 'The Times History of the war in South Africa', 'War and the Arme Blanche', 'The Riddle of the Sands', and 'The German Influence on British Cavalry'; cuttings of articles on cruising printed in 'The Times' from 1907-1913; as well as two issues of 'Poblacht na hÉireann' from 21, 23 October, 1922.

The collection also includes a holograph poem apiece by Bronson Alcott and William Ellery Channing, photographs of Benoît-Constant Coquelin, and a signed photograph of Sarah Bernhardt.

Childers, Robert Erskine (1870–1922), author and politician

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 Caroline Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan and G. M. Trevelyan

Verona. - Expects Bobbie and Georgie will be 'quite settled at home' when they get this letter, after a 'very nice stay at the Park' [their aunt Anna Maria Philips's house]. Hopes they will both settle to work at their lessons 'very steadily' after having had a 'famous holiday' and a lot of fun this summer. Sends her love to Miss Martin [their governess], with thanks for her letter; asks them to tell her that she thinks Charlie will be a while writing to her, as he has had to answer letters from 'all his relations'. He seemed 'cheerful' in his last letter. In an old town the other day they saw a high tower with a 'large cage' half-way up, in which 'naughty people used to be put'; asks if they should have one on the tower of the church in Ennismore Gardens. They also saw a large cart filled with grapes which six men were treading with their feet to turn into wine; asks whether they agree the process is 'Rather nasty'. They are going to Venice today; it is now much cooler, as there was a thunderstorm in the night. Hopes they found everyone well at home, and that 'Jemmy Cavendish is glad to be in his own nursery again'. Glad Bobbie has been writing to Charlie.

Short biography of George Macaulay Trevelyan, 1876-1880

Perhaps written by George himself, or one of his brothers. Gives the name of his wet nurse as Mrs Hatcher, and his nurse at home while the other Trevelyans went to Malvern, Mrs Lake. Went with his family to Whitby, Malvern, Buxton, Burrows-lea and Falmouth. First began to talk in 1877. Went to Welcombe every Christmas. Description of his physical appearance. Started lessons with Miss [Henrietta] Martin, whom he called Marmie, at the age of four; called his nurse [Mary Prestwich] Booa. Used to 'invent illness... to finish his lessons sooner, or have easier ones'. Was much interested in the general election of 1880; was indignant when his father called him a Tory, and 'made very funny little speeches on politics'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Got here all right on Monday, with 'no squash in the station stall'; they had the carriage to themselves all the way. They 'went to the "Cat and the Fiddle" yesterday'. They drove by the new road; he and Aunt A[nnie Philips] walked home by the old one, but the others, 'S[ophie], Gran.[papa Philips?], and G[eorgie?] drove home by an entirely different road'. They are going to Chatsworth today. G[eorgie?] seems all right, and Gran.[papa?] and Sophy are 'quite well'. Hopes his mother and the others are 'all getting on very well at Castle Howard'; sends his love to his father and to Charlie. The weather is fine today; has read 'several chapters of Bucland [perhaps a book by Frank Buckland?]' and finds it 'very interesting'.

The last page has a note to Caroline Trevelyan from her sister Anna M. Philips, dated 'August 5th'. She says the boys are being 'very good'; thinks they are 'greatly enjoying themselves'. They are just going to Chatsworth with her father; hopes it will 'not tire him very much'. Sophie is not going. The weather has 'turned very cold': it was 'only 46°[F] yesterday'. Hopes that the Trevelyans are having a 'very pleasant visit'.

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

Thanks his mother for her letter. Has read [his father's] "Holiday among some old friends" and "Horace at Athens", which are 'very interesting'; does not think he can understand the others yet. Thinks they will have a match with Mortimer next Saturday week. Hopes Grandpapa [Sir Charles Trevelyan or Robert Philips] and Sophie [Wicksteed?] are better, and that Georgie is well now. Thinks that everyone has recovered from the chicken pox now. Glad that Charlie is getting on well. Has given the note to Mrs Bartlett [the school matron].

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'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Caroline Trevelyan

Thanks his mother for her letter; there are '37 more days [until the end of term]'. Thirteen 'Eaton boys came yesterday', and there was a 'good game'; 'three masters played' on the Wixenford side, and Wixenford 'got a goal'. Sends George some crests; asks if George can send 'some swops', as a boy here 'has a lot'. The new parson has come and 'seems very nice'. They will soon play 'the Camerons', 'Booth has come, and so has Law, and he seems a very nice boy'.

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 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 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 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 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

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

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

[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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