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Note from G. H. Hardy to C. J. Hamson

A promise: "In consideration of your playing bowls this afternoon, I undertake that I will never again say anything disrespectful of the [Roman] Catholic Church."

Hardy, Godfrey Harold (1877-1947), mathematician

Notebook containing transcripts of letters by several members of the Elliott family

From one end of book, letters from Henry Venn Elliott to members of his family written between 3 Mar. 1818 and 2 Apr. 1819, and numbered as the 20th to 38th letters. Covering his journey from Rome to Bodrum via Corfu and Greece; letters to his sisters Mary, Eleonor and Charlotte, mother, father; also to 'Mrs Williams of Tiddenham (2 May 1818).

Loose material as follows: Original letter from Henry Venn Elliott to his father, 28 Mar. 1818, Rome, bound in between pages 11 and 12 but now detached. 1 sheet.
'Account of a visit to the ruins of Pompeii by H. V. E - in a letter to Sir John Kennaway'. Note at end 'Copied for my beloved Parents by their most affectionate daughter Eliza', and sent to 'Mrs Elliott, Grove House, Clapham, Surrey'. Found loose between pages 23 and 24. 1 folded sheet.
Copy of letter from Henry Venn Elliott to Rev. Harvey Sperling, 27 Sept. 1818, 'The Piraeus, 5 Miles from Athens'. In two different inks, one filling in gaps and correcting mistakes. Note on page 17 suggests the copy was made in 1866. Tied in between pages 117 and 118. Ten folded sheets (page 5 is out of order).
Original letter from Henry Venn Elliott to his sister Mary, 31 Jan 1819, Athens. 1 folded sheet. Tied in between pages 143 and 144.
Original letter from Henry Venn Elliott to his sister Mary, 27 [?] Apr. 1819. Bodrum, 'once Halicarnassus'. 1 folded sheet. Tied in between pages 181 and 182.
Original letter from Henry Venn Elliott to his sister Katherine, 14 May 1819, Lemeso [Limassol], Cyprus. 2 folded sheets [perhaps part missing]. Tied in between pages 181 and 182.
Original letter from Henry Venn Elliott to his father, 23 May 1819, Larnaca, Cyprus. 1 folded sheet. Tied in between pages 181 and 182.

From the back of the book in, letters from Edward Bishop Eliott to members of his family, written between 1 Feb. 1818 and 20 May 1819 and numbered as his 2nd to 21st letters. Covering his journey from Paris to 'Hemandstadt' [Hermannstadt, now Sibiu in Romania] through France and Italy, Turkey and Greece; letters to his mother, father, sisters Mary, Eleanor, Katherine, Charlotte, Eliza, and 'Mrs Williams of Tiddenham'.

Following on from these are two letters written by Charles Boileau Elliott. The first is to his aunt Eleanor, written at Simla, 6 Mar 1825. Note at bottom of this reads: 'copied for my dearest Father Sept[embe]r 27th 1825 by C. E. [Charlotte Elliott?] the first thing written in my pleasant pretty summerhouse'. The second is to his aunt Catherine, written at Simla, 5 Mar 1825. A piece of paper postmarked 8 Jan [?] 73, originally found between pages 181 and 182 may also be from this side of the family.

Papers of Henry Venn Elliott and other members of the Elliott family

Two volumes of transcripts of letters, mostly Henry Venn Elliott's letters from a tour across Europe to Jerusalem; the second volume also includes transcripts of letters from his brother Edward Bishop Elliott who joined him part way, and of a couple of letters by his nephew Charles Boileau Elliott from India.
Two notebooks kept by Henry Venn Elliott, containing record of sermons delivered, accounts etc.
Theological notebook of Henry Venn Elliott.
Two volumes of transcripts of Henry Venn Elliott's sermons, taken by his daughter Eling.
Photographic reproduction of painting of Henry Venn Elliott's father Charles.

Elliott, Henry Venn (1792–1865) Church of England clergyman

Notebook of transcripts of sermons kept by Eling Venn Elliott

Volume with label ‘E. Elliott’ pasted to front; ‘E. F. J. E. | Aug.t 1851’ on first fly-leaf, i.e. Eling Frances Julia Venn Elliott, known as Efie (1838-1926), daughter of Henry Venn Elliott.

Containing texts of sermons dated 17 Aug. 1851-20 Feb. 1853, mostly by Henry Venn Elliott; but some by Mr. Pearson and Edward Bishop Elliott, at at St. Mary’s, Brighton; and St. Stephen’s. Transcripts made by Efie Elliott, comments at end such as ‘Very nicely done’, initialled ‘C. D.’, i.e. Catherine Deighton, her teacher.

Booklet of 8 ff., labelled ‘E. F. J. Elliott’ and dated 25 May 1851, loose at front.

4 folded sheets originally bound in, now loose, headed ‘Sermon by the Revd H. V. Elliott, September 7th [1851]' and 'Sermon by the Revd H. V. Elliott. 13nth Sun. after Trinity. September 14nth [1851]'# between 10th and 11th folios.

2 small folded sheets originally bound in, now loose, headed ‘Oct 5 1851 | Sermon by Revd H. V. Elliott' .

2 folded sheets originally bound in, now loose, headed 'November 22 1851 | Sermon by Revd. E. B. Elliott at St. Mary's - 25th Sun. after Trinity'.

2 folded sheets originally bound in, now loose, headed ‘Septuagesima Sunday | Sermon. Feb. 8. 1852 at St Mary’s by the Revd H. V. E.’

Notebook of transcripts of sermons kept by Eling Venn Elliott

Index begun in pencil on verso opposite first entry, only one line filled in, under heading ‘written from memory’. Text of sermons from 6 Mar. 1853-14 Mar. 1856. Sermons mainly given by Henry Venn Elliott, one by Rev. F. Reade (24 Apr. 1854); all at St. Mary’s, Brighton. Later sermons are given calligraphic headings.

Small handmade booklet, 6 ff. and cover labelled 'Sermon', between pages 50 and 51, containing ‘Sermon on Good Friday by Revd. H. V. Elliott’ given on 15 Mar. 1853.

Notebook kept by Henry Venn Elliott, with record of sermons delivered, accounts etc

Pasted to inside front cover, paper scrap: ‘On the 17th Day of August I took possession of St. Mary’s Chapel [Brighton]’… also details about agreement on that day with Mr. Field the builder on payments for completion. Note on front flyleaf: ‘Feb. 26 1826. I began as gratuitous curate at Long Staunton Cambridge, & ended about July 6 1826, not quite 5 months, after that I went to Rouen’. Notes on his ordination as Deacon and Priest. Notes on the opening of St. Mary’s Chapel, Brighton, on 18 Jan. 1827, with some accounts below.

Notebook then continues with heading on right hand of two-page spread: ‘Journal of Sermons delivered in St. Mary’s Pulpit’. Entries record who gave sermons and their subjects/texts, who gave prayers etc; size of congregation sometimes recorded. Journal entries on right hand, recto.

Left hand, verso pages in general kept for accounts and financial notes, for example: size of collections taken at various churches; payments headed ‘Hospital’; names of those at Sunday School; payments for ‘National Schools’; payments to those who took communion when Elliott was absent; charity gifts of coals, blankets etc at Christmas; accounts re Society for Propagating the Gospel. Sometimes printed material is pasted in, for example, receipts and payments for the Hastings and Oare Association; cutting from a letter from the Revd. Sir Francis Lynch-Blosse [9th Baronet], 31 Aug. 1831, in the Mayo Constitution mentioning money sent to him by Elliott from a collection at St. Mary’s for the relief of distress caused by the famine; printed memorial for his father Charles Elliot, d 15 Oct 1832; 2 ff, printed account of the death, 28 May 1835 of 'our dear departed friend' [Charlotte Bevan, nee Hunter, wife of Richard Bevan]. Notes on deaths, marriages etc also on left hand side. Some, such as the notice of the death of Elliott’s father given black ink border.

Totals of various accounts (collections etc; money given to Elliott by individuals for charity) written out at end of book, along with Act of Parliament for endowment of St. Mary’s.

Loose: bill from W. D. Larkman [?], Brighton addressed to Elliott for various cloths, 11 Nov. 1831, and receipt

Notebook containing transcripts of letters, Jan.1817-Feb. 1818 from Henry Venn Elliott to members of his family during his 'Grand Tour'

Letters date from 21 Jul. 1817 to 17 Feb 1818; each is assigned a number, from 2nd to 19th. Written to his mother, brother Edward, father, and sisters Charlotte and Mary. They cover his journey from 'the Dutch barge from Bruges to Ghent' to Naples, via Germany and Switzerland.

Unclear when transcripts were made, but volume appears to date from 19th cent. Pencil notes on the back of the flyleaf and first (unnumbered) page by May Elliott, wife of Frank Dumbell Elliott (grandson of Henry Venn Elliott), record context, point to some letters of interests, and note that 'His letters from the Holy Land etc have been given to salvage in the big salvage drive for the country in Nov. 1941. These others are more interesting & maybe of some further interest still, in a world where so much has been destroyed. Nov. 16 1941'.

A thread around the spine shows where, at p. 171 a letter from Hon. C[harles] Shore, Naples, Jan. 2 1818, once was; this is no longer present. It is mentioned in a contemporary note on the back of the front flyleaf; there are also a couple more original index items on the first, unnumbered, page.

Notebook kept by Henry Venn Elliott, with record of sermons delivered, accounts etc

Notebook with accounts and other financial notes typically on left page of two-page spread, record of sermons delivered Jan. 1863-1 Jan. 1865 on right hand side. 3 pages with names of those put forward for confirmation in Oct. 1863 obscured by blank pages stitched loosely on top.

Several items loose inside. Printed receipt from Colonial and Continental Church Society to Elliott for money raised in a collection; printed notice of annual meeting for Brighton Association of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.

Printed letter, 27 Apr. 1864, from James Garbett and William Bruère Otter, Archdeacons, announcing that they have withdrawn the proposed address to the Bishop [of Chichester], with MS addition by W. B. Otter. Enclosing printed text of address with invitation, 12 Mar. 1864 sent by Otter to sign and signed by Elliott and M.R. [?] Spencer, Curate of St. Mary’s, who note that they have already signed the Oxford Declaration, as well as Rev. Thomas G[eorge?] Smith, Hon. Chaplain of Brighton Female Penitents’ House, whose first signature this is. Note on back in Elliott’s hand, ‘both these papers to be returned to me’.

Engravings from Der Weisskunig

Illustrations by Hans Burgkmair and Leonhard Beck for Der Weisskunig, for which proofs were done in 1514-16. The book was not published until 1775 in Vienna by Hoffstätter. The first edition was published again in 1799 by S. Edward in London with the French title, Tableaux des principaux evénemens de la vie et du regne de l'empereur Maximilien I.

Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair: The White King Adoring the Holy Coat at Treves (item 11), The Funeral of the old White King (item 12), Scene from the Second Flemish Revolt (item 14). By Leonhard Beck: The Ermine King giving his daughter to the White King (item 13).

Burgkmair, Hans (1473-1531), painter and printmaker

Letter from Jessie Kenney to Lady Constance Lytton

Hôtel du Golfe, La Guimorais, St Coulomb, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.—Discusses her plan to train as a wireless operator, and asks her to act as a sponsor. Shares family news.



Hotel du Golfe | La Guimorais | St Coulomb | Ille-et-Villaine | France.
Sept 13. 1921.

Dearest Lady Conny,

I am writing to ask if you will very kindly do something for me.

I am to be admitted to the Wireless College at Colwyn Bay where I am going to train as a Wireless Operator and at the same time to study for my London Matric. I have already applied to the Principal and he has accepted me.

But each student is required to supply the following:—

(a) Certificate of birth

(b) Particulars filled up on enclosed form

(c) Letters from two persons of British parentage, and of standing, signifying that the applicant is the person described on the birth certificate—that the particulars on attached form are correct—and that the applicant and his† parents are of good character.

I am enclosing my birth certificate and the form referred to above which I have filled up—so that you can see all is in order. Both my father and mother are dead as I think you know.

There are two people I should like to have as sponsors for my entry into the wireless world. One is yourself and the other is Professor Bickerton (President of the Royal Astronomical Society) who was a good old supporter of ours in our good old fighting days and he has been more than encouraging to me in my new quest.

I should be therefore so glad, dear Lady Conny, if you would send me a letter which I can forward on to the Principal with the enclosed form and birth certificate.

I have decided after all not to go to Australia as things seem very unsettled out there. Also I find that before I can do anything in wireless it will be necessary for me to take a degree and I am working to this object. And if one is to take a degree in Science it is better to take it in this country of course. Colwyn Bay has an excellent and mild climate, and so one can work and study there without detriment to one’s health. My two good and generous sisters in New York are helping me financially for my first year’s training.

Women are not being trained as Wireless Operators and special facilities are being given to me because of my enthusiasm in the matter and my keenness to go ahead in the cause of scientific work. The Prime Minister has sent me a little note wishing me success, and if it had not been for this I doubt if I should have been accepted. So you can gather from this that I am helping to blaze another trail for women and I hope to prove worthy of all the confidence and faith that has been put in me. One thing I feel so strongly about in this affair is that one is never too old to start anything. It seems to have astonished quite a few people that I should wish to go in for scientific work at the age of 34 and begin studying for a degree in science now. But I feel just as I did when I began work in the Suffrage Movement, and one is as young as one feels—isn’t one?

I wonder how you are keeping. I saw the notice in the Press and the leading article about your dear mother’s birthday. {1} How devoted you must all be to her and how proud she must be of all of you. I do wish you could have met my mother. You would have loved her. She was a wonderful and good woman. Whenever any of us are in doubt or trouble we always feel her presence and influence near. In life she always specially watched over the weak one and the one needing help and she seems to do this still.

You will be pleased to hear that Annie’s little baby boy {2} is perfectly lovely and is so happy and good.

I am enclosing a stamped addressed envelope. I am staying at the above address for a little holiday—It is a little hotel in an out of way spot in Brittany, and one that has been visited by many Suffragettes.

With love & all good wishes

Ever yours,
Jessie Kenney.


{1} Edith, Countess of Lytton, celebrated her eightieth birthday this year.

{2} Annie Kenney’s son Warwick.

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Carbon copy of a letter from Lord Pethick-Lawrence to Dame Christabel Pankhurst

11 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London, W.C.2.—Declines to advise on whether she should take part in the television programme on suffragettes. Has complied with the BBC’s suggestions in order to put across what he thinks should be said.

(Pethick-Lawrence has added a handwritten note recording that he wrote again on the 17th giving her the gist of Thomas’s first paragraph (the meaning this is unclear) and saying that he would endeavour to correct Fulford’s bias.)

Letter from Dame Christabel Pankhurst to Lord Pethick-Lawrence

943 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California.—Praises his speech on the admission of women to the House of Lords. Refers to a forthcoming book on the suffrage movement (Roger Fulford’s Votes for Women) and to the death of Lorna Goulden Buck. ‘The signs and the portents in the Middle East may be pointing to Armageddon.’

Letter from Christabel Pankhurst to Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia.—Was delighted to receive her letter. Discusses her travels, the improvement in her state of mind, and her belief that the end of the world is imminent.



Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
4th May 1922

Your letter filled me with joy. In an instant ten years were gone and they have never been. Our love united us all the time and only the surface of it was moved. Wasn’t that the way?

It was like your generous heart to write. I am so glad you did.

All that morning we {1} had been joggling along in motor stages & interurban train through a lovely bit of Washington State and the thought of you and Godfather and our wonderful years of work together came to me so strongly and remained with me & for a long time I talked to Grace of it for my thought would have expression. Then we arrived at Bellingham & when I entered the hotel a letter was put into my hand. I knew the writing at once! I can only say again with what joy I read it. {2} Something just slipped into its place and I felt comforted.

The envelope was so frayed and covered with hotel redirections. I realised that it might so easily have been lost and that I might then never have known, or not for very long, that you had written it! All the more must I let you know by telegram safely and at once that I had the dear letter & that my heart met yours in all you said.

How I wish I could be in your arms & have a long long satisfying talk about all the essentials as you put it—with the past all union between us & our eyes looking forward!

Still I cannot regret being over here and I knew when I sent my further message how likely it was that you could not come now. All the same the exchange of messages gives us the little human feeling of each other—and I look forward to your letter. I expect to remain in these parts during the time that it will take the letter to arrive.

As I write, I look out from a high window of this hotel on to the lovely lakelike sea & the mountains that come so near that one can really see & know their faces. Vancouver is one of those places, here & there in the world, that one can live in if one had to. But I like to wander in these times. Every geographical displacement has helped me along another journey I am making.

Yes! I have had great experiences, inward rather than outward,—and I was unhappy. Perhaps there was, as you said, something of a penalty about it, though it seemed difficult at the time to understand the need of price and penalty after the event—one is inclined to expect that the price will come before & not after—& then to be taken by surprise & be a bit rebellious at heart—or perhaps only stupid & not see that it is the price which one would so gladly pay understand[in]g it to be such!

But that is all done with now & I am thankful to have learned many lessons & to have won my way to a real freedom of spirit that I never knew before.

I had so very much to learn. I depended too much upon humanity—upon myself & other people. One has to find the bed-rock. And these turning points in one’s life always & only come after a time of inward stress. Rebirth is painful—that is the fact!

I am absorbed in viewing the great world situation and mighty developments of this time.

It is the End of the Age! The ends of the ages are certainly come upon us & in our very own day one great period of Eternity ends & another begins. This is true, I believe, in no merely figurative sense, but in very literal truth.

At a certain point in the War, I saw as in a flash that humanity has come to the end of its own political resources & that humanly speaking we are moving in a vicious circle. We are powerless to work out the Salvation of Society & of the world. We have neither the wisdom nor the goodness to do it. Every day that I have lived since then has confirmed me in that conviction.

The recent war was the first rumbling of the storm that ends the old order and ushers in that new order in which “the Kingdoms of this world” will “become the Kingdoms of the Lord & of His Christ & he shall reign for ever”.

I have come to this conclusion, in my hard headed, “logical” way, that the Incarnation of two thousand years ago is soon to be repeated in another manner & in terms of “power & glory”. I have reasoned it out from every standpoint, comparing Scripture with scripture, and written prophecy with its actual fulfilment in historic event in past time & in our own day, & viewing the evidence as a lawyer would I am convinced that Jesus Christ will come again and that soon.

By the way, every third Tuesday in the month there is in the Kingsway Hall London what they call an Astral Testimony Meeting which has three sessions, morning, afternoon and evening, at which the Clergy of various denominations & also some laymen discourse on this question. I went once when I was in London.

It is a wonderful privilege to have understanding—a light that shows one the meaning of the world’s condition at the present time.

It seems to me that the true link of union between human beings at the present time is that between those “who love His appearing”.
It was just by chance—yet not by chance surely—that, in the war days, I found in a bookshop a book by Dr Grattan Guiness “The approach[in]g End of the Age”. That set me thinking, though hardly daring to believe so grand a news—but since then I have read & thought steadily & am more & more deeply convinced.

I know you will want to know my though about the world’s outlook & need, as the telegram expressed it—for it was always on that plane that we met & worked together.

Dear Godfather! give him a big message from me.

With all my love, {3} your same

More another time about people & things over here.


Letters omitted from words abbreviated by superscript letters have been supplied in square brackets.

{1} Christabel Pankhurst and Grace Roe.

{2} Full stop supplied.

{3} Comma supplied.

Letter from Lady Constance Lytton to F. W. Pethick-Lawrence

Homewood, Knebworth, Herts.—Sends a donation for the Votes-for-Women Fellowship. Her brother and other lords will boycott the next Government unless it gives votes to women. Thanks him for his comments about her book. Has been unwell. Praises Mrs Pethick-Lawrence’s Dublin speech.

Letter from Christabel Pankhurst to Lady Constance Lytton

11 Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris.—Sends a copy of her reply to Lord Lytton on the Lords debate. Commends the strategy of contrasting the Government’s treatment of the WSPU with its treatment of Ulster unionists.



11 av de la Grande Armée | Paris.
14th May 1914

My dearest Con,

Lord Lytton was kind enough to write to me about the debate and his impressions of it. You may be interested to see a copy of my reply.

More & more & more one sees that the way to win is to get the Govt wedged between militancy & the impossibility of punishing militancy—in short—to create the Ulster situation over again.

Now there is no help that is any use from the practical point of view that does not fit into that scheme. It is all very well to rejoice over the sympathy & understand[in]g shown in the Lords, but the House of Commons was sympathising & understand[in]g in the year 1870!

Sympathy & understand[in]g are a snare unless they are pounded into something more definite in the shape of an Act of Parliament.

You know, anti-militancy does affect the reasoning faculty adversely. People who are most rational & logical & enlightened when other political movements are at stake suddenly lose their bearings when the question of how to get votes for women comes uppermost.

You will see how the General {1} & Mrs Dacre Fox have been throwing the search-light upon the contrast between the Govt’s treatment of themselves & Carson & Lansdowne.

The W.S.P.U. leaves them all far behind doesn’t it.

The anti-militant ladies simply don’t come into anybody’s calculations these days. Why can’t they see & become a force by adopting a sane policy?

I am sure that you feel proud and happy when you read of our fighters’ exploits.

You and I, the Exiles, have a very joyful life in that sense have we not!

So very sorry I am dearest Con, to hear you have been ill again. I hope it has passed now.

You wrote of my dog the other day. She is indeed a little beauty, full of intelligence & affection. It is years since I could have a dog and to have this one is a joy.

As for my home here, it is to me just like a room in Lincoln’s Inn House. Outside I feel is not the Avenue de la Grande Armee, but Kingsway. {2} In the next rooms are the organisers.

And yet it is Paris too—the beloved Paris that I really will & must come back to from time to time.

Imagine how one loves a place—delightful in any case—which has been one’s haven!

I am immeasurably happy in being here and in the thought of being some day—perhaps soon—back in London.

Back in London will be when the vote is won—not before. That might be so very soon if everybody w[oul]d do their best. {2}

The barriers are so slight—the opposition so weak.

It is the weakness of pro Suffragists that is the enemy now.

But fighting is victory so it is well whatever happens.

When I go home one of the very early things I shall do is go & see you!

My love to you
Christabel Pankhurst


Letters omitted from words abbreviated by superscript letters have been supplied in square brackets.

{1} Flora Drummond.

{2} Full stop supplied.

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