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Additional Manuscripts b Trevelyan, Sir George Otto (1838-1928) 2nd Baronet, statesman and historian Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
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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

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

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