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Bridges, Edward Ettingdene (1892-1969) 1st Baron Bridges, civil servant
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Letter from Edward Bridges to R. C. Trevelyan

Chilswell, Nr Oxford. - Writes on behalf of his mother after the death of his father to thank Trevelyan and his wife for their letters of sympathy. Until quite recently, they expected his father to have some years' enjoyment of life still, but he seems to have wanted the end to come 'quickly and peacefull, as it did'. His father was very grateful to Trevelyan for the close attention he paid to his later poetic 'experiments'.

Letter from Edward Bridges to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Goodmans Furze, Headley, Epsom. - Asks if he might have a typed copy made of the letters his father wrote to her husband, as he is trying to collect his father's letters. Recently heard from R. Gathorne-Hardy that she had shown him letters from Robert Bridges. Offers to have a typed copy made of her husband's letters to his father, or to return the originals and keep a copy himself.

Letter from Edward Bridges to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Goodman's Furze, Headley, Epsom. - Acknowledges with thanks the safe receipt of his father's letters to her husband. Will return them as soon as he has had them copied, also her husband's letters to his father (keeping copies for himself). Hopes one day a selection of his father's letters will be published; thinks that Gathorne-Hardy would like to publish a couple of the letters to her husband, but will write again before anything is decided.

Letter from Edward Bridges to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Goodman's Furze, Headley, Epsom. - Has got copies made of the correspondence between his father and her husband, which he sends, along with the twenty-two original letters she lent him from his father to her husband, and some from his mother and sister which he has not had copied. He also sends seven letters from her husband to his father and a copy of an eighth, the original of which was stuck into a book. Most of the letters were written in 1927 and 1928, and formed part of a series of letters preserved by his father from those to whom he had sent proof copies of the "Testament of Beauty". Has pencilled years on undated letters. He has no record of the comments and criticism which her husband made on this poem, and asks she would be willing to lend him the proof copies in which these were made. He also asks if he could be given the chance to acquire the letters if she ever thinks of parting with them.

Letter from Edward Bridges to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Goodman's Furze, Headley, Epsom. - Writes about publication of the correspondence between his father and her husband: he plans eventually to bring out a selected volume of letters, but this is for the future; Gathorne-Hardy would like to bring out a small private edition of a few letters between R. C. Trevelyan and R. Bridges on metrical problems. He does not think this would interfere with his own later edition of the letters, and hopes she will allow Gathorne-Hardy's project to go ahead.

Letter from Robert Gathorne-Hardy to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Mill House, Stanford Dingley, nr Reading, Berks. - Has written to tell Sir Edward Bridges that he can see the copy of his father's "Testament of Beauty" [a proof copy, with notes by R. C. Trevelyan] when he himself returns from Italy. Can 'almost compete with Julian over his story about the lion': relates a conversation he overhead in a Chelsea pub about an alligator in someone's room. Has not had an invitation to the opening of the library [the R. C. Trevelyan Memorial Library at Birkbeck College, London] but would love to attend.

Letter from Robert Gathorne-Hardy to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Mill House, Stanford Dingley, nr Reading, Berks. - Has received an invitation to the opening of the library [the Trevelyan Memorial Library at Birkbeck College, London] for which he thanks Elizabeth, but unfortunately he has a district council meeting then which he cannot miss. Would love to have seen her and heard Morgan Forster's address. Has proposed to Sir Edward Bridges the publication of a small private edition of the correspondence between Robert Bridges and Robert Calverley Trevelyan on prosody. He seems to agree and has sent him some typed copies. Asks if he may be allowed to print some of them.

Letter from Robert Gathorne-Hardy to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Mill House, Stanford Dingley, nr Reading, Berks. - Is sorry not to have written sooner: he is chair of his district council, which takes up 'all of [his] intellectual energy'. The district council also caused him to miss the opening of the library [the Trevelyan Memorial Library at Birkbeck College, London]; he was very sorry not to hear Morgan Forster's speech and would love to get hold of a copy. He is loth to bring out more than a small edition of the letters [between her husband and Robert Bridges] firstly as it would take time and he only has the weekends for the work, and secondly because Sir Edward Bridges is thinking of his own edition of his father's letters.

Letter from Robert Gathorne-Hardy to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Mill House, Stanford Dingley, nr Reading, Berks. - Would like to publish the letters by [Robert] Bridges to her husband about his "New Verse" and "Testament of Beauty" which he copied out when staying with her, as well as about three letters from her husband to Bridges. Sir Edmund Bridges is planning to publish a selection from his father's letters and he would not like to affect the sales for this, so a small edition of about 60 copies is planned 'as a sort of personal homage to two poets that I admire'. Robert Bridges himself was in the habit of printing very small edition of his works before wider publication. As her royalty he would send her six copies, of which one would be on 'special paper'. Will start at once if she agrees. Feels a larger edition would be a mistake. Ralph Abercrombie had the proof issue of "Testament of Beauty" containing her husband's suggested alterations; he has lent it to Sir Edward.

Letter from Robert Gathorne-Hardy to Elizabeth Trevelyan

The Mill House, Stanford Dingley, nr Reading, Berks. - There are more letters of her husband's letters to Robert Bridges [on metrical questions, particularly in 'Testament of Youth'] than he thought; he lists them by date and mentions also fourteen letters from Bridges. Hopes he may have her permission to print them all, then he's sure the executor will also agree. Intends to add a note to each letter explaining to which poem they allude; would make the book unwieldy and difficult in terms of copyright to include quotations here. Is not planning to advertise the book publicly, but would send round notices to friends he knows are admirers of Bridges. Cannot take on a larger edition.

Letter from Joseph Scott to Elizabeth Trevelyan

University College London, Gower Street WC1. - Glad to hear the Master has now issued his report of the speeches at the opening of the Trevelyan Memorial Library; looks forward to reading them when next in Birkbeck. Still feels it is a pity to publish only a few copies of the correspondence between her husband and Robert Bridges, but can do nothing about it; does not know Sir Edward Bridges at all. Suggests a compromise which might interest Gathorne-Hardy: if he offered the text of the letters to a literary magazine such as "Essays in Criticism" or "The London Magazine" the letters would reach a wide readership, and Gathorne-Hardy would have 50 copies as offprints. His family are well. Hopes that she and Mrs Jones are well.