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Hollond, John Robert (1843-1912) politician
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Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Reports on a séance attended by him, presided over by the mediums Miss F[airlamb] and Miss Wood, and attended by himself and Miss Balfour [among others]. Refers to ghosts who 'appeared', including 'Pocky' and 'Minnie'. Refers to Miss F[airlamb] having declined to be searched. Adds that they all thought that 'the movements of the small figures just like those of [a] girl on her knees.' Claims that he is 'unconvinced of the girls['] fraud', but believes that the Hollonds are convinced of it, and that Miss Balfour is suspicious of them. Adds that 'A. J. B[alfour] was not there. Asks Myers' opinion on the matter.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Reports that he has been allowed to keep his rooms the following term [despite his marriage], and urges Myers to take possession of them. States that either 25 March or 1 April will suit him, as the meeting of the Ad Eundem is to be 11 or 18 March. Reports that the Hollonds are doubtful about Newcastle. States that Arthur Balfour will be at Terling in the first week in March, so Sidgwick thinks he and Eleanor 'must be married on April 4th'.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Reports that 'Dr S[lade?] came to C[arlton] G[ardens] wrote on a closed double slate, and on one that [Sidgwick] partly held: but did not in either case keep the slate in sight the whole time after [Sidgwick] had looked at it.' States that other people 'seem to have had much better things', and refers to Serjeant Cox, St. G[eorge] M[ivart] and Hutton. Relates that he and others persuaded Dr Slade 'half to promise to come to [Cambridge] in October', but doubts that he will come.

Announces that he means to stay [in Beauly] until the end of the month. Refers to his mother's illness, and says that they shall probably go to Oxford in September to take care of her. States that he does not intend to let Slade go 'without wringing evidence out of him.' Reports that Miss Fairlamb 'has been having something good in N[ewcastle]: materialization [of being] outside the cabinet', and announces that he would like to stay a night or two there if possible. Reports that they are 'having splendid days' [in Beauly]. Wishes Myers 'all success in Cambridge'. Reports also that Miss Anderson was impressed by Slade, 'and could not conceive how it was done.' States that the weak point of Slade is that he won't try two slates screwed together, which George Darwin invited him to do. Remarks that [Con], C.C. [Massey], [Moses] and Myers 'form a strong phalanx.' Reports that Carpenter has been and says he can't explain it, and wants Slade to come to a meeting of the British Association. Adds that John Holland saw him there.

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to F.W.H. Myers

Announces that he yields to Myers' and Barrett's arguments, and undertakes to write to the latter 'to accept unconditionally.' Explains their possible travel plans from Newcastle to Cambridge, and on to Oxford. Asks Myers to breakfast at North Hill on the following Wednesday. States that they shall both be very busy, 'especially Nora', and he wishes to hear all Myers has to say. Reports that Barrett has written asking her to join [the] Committee. Undertakes to telegraph if they stay in Newcastle, in which case they plan to pass through Cambridge on their way to Terling [home of Lord Rayleigh], and would like Myers to come to lunch. States that Arthur Balfour will be Vice-President. Enquires about John Hollond and Roden Noel. Reports that Jebb is flourishing, but involved in an educational controversy.