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Nicholas, Tressilian Charles (1887–1989), geologist
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Typed letter from Tressilian C. Nicholas of Trinity College, Cambridge to The Master, Trinity College [Sir Joseph J. Thomson]

Trinity College, Cambridge - Has considered Lady Frazer's suggestion that Sir James' pension be increased, finds they are unable to do this according to College Statutes; suggests using the William Wyse Studentship Fund to make a grant of £100 for three years to pay for secretarial assistance.

H. A. Hollond: correspondence arising from the television programme in honour of Bertrand Russell's 92nd birthday

A letter from C. D. Broad to Hollond dated 22 May 1964 correcting Hollond's account of the interview for the television programme on Bertrand Russell, and expressing his desire to let Russell know that he had been interviewed but cut from the programme, accompanied by a copy letter from Hollond to Russell dated 26 May 1964 incorporating this information and enclosing a copy of a letter of protest at Broad's treatment to the B.B.C. television executives. Hollond's letter to Russell shares memories of Russell's visit to give the Lowell Lectures at Harvard University in the spring of 1914, mentioning the visit of Rupert Brooke, a dinner with Roscoe Pound, his reaction to a recital by Alfred Noyes, a visit with Mrs Fiske Warren, and a dinner party with Amy Lowell and Elizabeth Perkins; he also mentions speaking with Victor Purcell on the telephone after a visit with Russell, and remembering a conversation between T. C. Nicholas, and George Trevelyan about giving Russell a Title B Fellowship. With added notes at the bottom in Hollond's hand identifying people mentioned in the letter.

Hollond, Henry Arthur (1884-1974) academic lawyer and historian

Letter from A. E. Housman to G. C. A. Jackson

(With an envelope.)

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Trinity College | Cambridge
15 Oct. 1930

My dear Gerald,

I am sorry that you do not expect to come here this term, and so will Nicholas be, to whom I mentioned that you were to be expected. Would you be able, and would it be worth your while, to pay me a visit for a week-end? I seem to remember that your week-ends in term time are very short.

It is great good news that the Company has made you a grant, and you ought to be pleased with yourself.

I did not know that your College was a college to the extent that it could be lived in; but as it is, I should think you would find it better than being by yourself.

The Virginia creeper which you ask after is quite at its best at present in St John’s, but both there and in Trinity a good deal of it has been removed in the last year or two to make room for other things.

Advice from a godfather. Don’t add ‘M.A.’ in addressing a letter. I don’t know why, but it is not the custom. Don’t say ‘I will have to work’ when you mean ‘I shall’. But I never could teach you your catechism.

Your affectionate though inefficient godfather
A. E. Housman.

[Direction on envelope:] Gerald Jackson Esq. | Dept. of Geology | Royal School of Mines | South Kensington | S. W. 7

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The envelope, which bears a 1½d. stamp, was postmarked at Cambridge at 10.15 p.m. on 15 October, and has been marked in pencil ‘15.10.30.’

Letter from A. E. Housman to G. C. A. Jackson

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Trinity College | Cambridge
19 May 1927

My dear Gerald,

I have your letter of March 24 and am glad that lions and influenza had not then made an end of you. I have never had influenza yet, but shall probably have it to-morrow.

I am interested to hear of your intentions about taking a research degree and possibly coming to Cambridge. Of course I should be glad to see you here, but it is no good asking my opinion and advice, which are valueless, as I stick to my job and know hardly anything about scientific studies here. Do not call Nicholas a Professor: he may perhaps become one some day, if he is good, and so may you; but Professors do not grow on every bush.

The eclipse of the sun on June 29 has evidently been arranged by Rupert, and Hartlepool is to be the most eclipsed spot. North Wales will be sprinkled with Fellows of Trinity sleeping out on mountain tops; but those are youngish men, who want to be able to tell lies about it in their old age to a generation which did not witness it; and I cannot expect to live long enough for that. Most of June I shall spend with old friends in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and at the end of August I expect to go on a motoring tour in Burgundy.

I hope you will keep well, and not fall out of your aeroplane on to geological objects, however attractive.

Your affectionate godfather
A. E. Housman.

My godfather {1} is now 88, so it is not an unhealthy profession.

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{1} John Tuppen Woolwright.

Letter from A. E. Housman to G. C. A. Jackson

(With an envelope.)

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Trinity College | Cambridge
4 Aug. 1928

My dear Gerald,

I got your letter of March 17 all right, and I have left it a long while without an answer; but I hope that your new rifle has protected you from lions and buffaloes hitherto. I am glad to hear you have become a Fellow of the Geological Society. Nicholas, who is going to be our new Senior Bursar, says he has kept a table for you in the laboratory. The Ellis you speak of was one of our Chaplains in the College chapel, and I knew him fairly well.

I spent a fortnight in June at St Germain near Paris, a place with a splendid view and a forest close at hand, and I also motored about. I escaped the rain that they had in England, but it was not as warm as June should be. July has been fine and hot, and next week I am off to spend a month in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. My godfather, in whom I hope you take a proper interest, is 89 and quite in good health, but losing his memory; so be prepared for my mental decay in 20 years’ time.

I hope both you and Oscar are well.

Your affectionate godfather
A. E. Housman.

[Direction on envelope:] Gerald Jackson Esq. | R.C.B.C. Ltd. | K’Changa†, via N’Dola | N. Rhodesia

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The envelope, which bears a 1½d. stamp, was postmarked at Cambridge at 9.30 p.m. on 4 August and at Ndola, N.W. Rhodesia, on 1 September.

Typed letter from Tressilian C. Nicholas of Trinity College, Cambridge to Lady Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge - The Senior Bursar explains he is paying £100 into Sir James' account, and is also paying a half-year's stipend as Wyse Memorial Lecturer; the Council had relieved Sir James of the obligation to deliver a further course of lectures, but as Sir James has insisted on going ahead, Nicholas will pay the balance when the lectures have been delivered; the College Council were much impressed (but not surprised) by his determination to continue.