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Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Impossible that Henry Sidgwick 'should have named anything which would interest [him] more than the Byron' [to be left to Trevelyan?] Refers to one of the poems, the Ode to Napoleon, which is 'exceedingly characteristic of Cowell' and a pleasant reminder of the close friendship that united Cowell, Henry and himself. Has not been in the habit of keeping letters from anyone, but that he has kept, as a bookmark, 'a very tattered letter of Henry's of 1896'; also Henry's last two of May and July 1900, kept 'as priceless possessions.' Also possible that he may find one or two letters written to him at important occasions of his life, as his wife has kept a great many of them. Undertakes to send all that he has.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Greatly values Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir: it is 'exactly the right size and shape and perfectly got up in the medium between want of elegance and that sort of external and decorative pretension which alienates the true reader.' Expresses his admiration of the portraits, and calls the one of Henry's mother' a revelation of the past'. Wishes that there was one of Nora. Reports that he has read again all round the allusions to himself, and declares himself to be very proud of being there. Looks forward to a very careful reading 'with the recollection of the ships in mind.'

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Henry Sidgwick

Reports that 'the division is put off' until the following week, and states that they would still love to come to visit Sidgwick, if the latter will still have them, from Saturday to Monday. Asks him to send an answer by telegraph.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Declares that he very much looks forward to the privilege of reading more [of the proofs of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir], but states that he does not feel competent to advise about omissions and insertions. Declares that he is exceedingly pleased by all the allusions to himself, which, he claims, truly represent his relationship with Henry. Declares that he thinks Henry 'the Representative man of [their] generation....' Expresses the wish to see his own letters.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Returns the MS [of Henry Sidgwick, a Memoir, not included] to her, remarking that he has 'insensibly slipped into the passive role of a reader', which, he claims, is 'the greatest compliment that one can pay to a book in proof-sheets.' Declares that he is very pleased with the notices of himself. Points out a slight mistake and some corrections to be made, and reports that two pages did not arrive. Remarks that 'Miss [Mary Louisa] Cannan was a privileged woman', and wonders whether she is alive and still unmarried. Announces that they shall now be [residing] continuously at Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for her letter, and declares that he is deeply gratified by the insertion of the letter of 29 May, especially beause he believes it is 'unique in the highest sense.' States that they look forward to Nora's visit. Sends back to her the chapter [of Henry Sidgwick, a Memoir, not included], which, he claims, surpasses his expectations, and is 'a wonderful picture of [Henry's] thought and action.' Hopes that she will not finally insert the three lines of Bullock Hall's until he sees her, and states that his reasons for this wish are literary. Declares that he is very well satisfied by the references to himself. Refers to a passage 'about "the game of law and order being up" ', which, he claims, was used against him 'in ten thousand leaflets, without the context, and most unfairly.' Adds that Henry's own remark about it is quite proper and reasonable. Tells Nora to think over the references to Dilke and to Jebb's garden. Is sure she will 'keep in about the "Sidgwick Road." ' Adds that it is impossible to alter, or criticise in detail, the general construction of an admirable book, and states that this book - unlike any recent biographies 'presents the real person...one's own old friend'.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from G.O. Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Acknowledges receipt of the proofs of Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir. Claims that he began reading it at four o'clock that morning and read to the end of 1884. Declares that the account of Henry's work at Cambridge raised him greatly in his [Trevelyan's] esteem and admiration, and remarks on how little Henry said about his labours and self-sacrifices. Refers favourably to the 'Journal letters' also. Hopes that she will insert Henry's letter to Trevelyan of 29 May 1905 [sic], which, he claims, is 'one of the most touching and beautiful things in the world.' Gives her permission to show it to Arthur Sidgwick. Sends his wife's best love, and looks forward to Nora's visit.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letters from George Otto Trevelyan

12 letters to:
Anna Maria Philips: 1 May 1912
[Lewis] Melville of the Titmarsh Club: 1 Sept. 1910, 15 Feb. 1912, n.d., 18 Feb. 1913, 22 Mar. 1916
[Samuel J.?] Looker: 16 Jan. 1922, 9 Oct. 1923
Reginald Leslie Hine: 9, 12 Nov. 1926, 29 Mar. 1932
Mr Lewis: 2 Nov. 1945
and a fragment with Trevelyan's signature and a newspaper clipping portrait

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian

Letter from Sir George Otto Trevelyan to Nora Sidgwick

Writes to express his sympathy, and that of his wife, with Nora on the death of Henry Sidgwick. Reports that Arthur Sidgwick has been keeping him up to date on Henry's progress, and claims that Henry's death 'is the most solemn event of [his] mature life'. Refers to the strong relationship which existed between Nora and Henry, the knowledge of which 'immeasurably increases the sad beauty and interest of reminiscences which even otherwise would have been so very precious.' Acknowledges the regret Henry felt at having his work cut short. States that his son George, who is with him and his wife, feels the same way about Henry as they do. Declares that they received the letter informing them of his illness three months previously, and that it seems like years. Explains that he has hurt his arm, and hopes that Nora can read his writing. Adds that it does not matter what they say, as she already knows what they feel about her and Henry.

Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian