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Additional Manuscripts b Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (1845-1936) Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
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Arthur C. Benson to Nora Sidgwick

Reports that the 'N.P.P.' was returned to him the previous night, and he sends her a copy of it [not included]. Declares that he enjoyed very much seeing her the previous day. Remarks that it is such a comfort, 'on this Greek question, to be able to see and to say, without reservation, how foolish and ignorant everyone is who does not agree with oneself.' States that he is glad that she is making progress with the book, [Henry Sidgwick, a Memoir] and looks forward to its publication. Desires that, through it, Henry 'should speak to a wider circle than his letters and talk could do.' Refers to Henry's humility, sympathy and intellectual power.

Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head

Letter from Arthur C. Benson to his aunt Nora Sidgwick

States that since he will probably be away all Wednesday, he had better not promise to come [to see her]. Expresses the desire to see his uncle Arthur [Sidgwick] and Mr [Henry Graham] Dakyns. Referring to Henry Sidgwick's gestures, states that some were connected with his stammer, but that there were others, which added emphasis and conclusiveness. Describes one particular gesture, which involved 'a swing of the hand with the forefinger extended and the other fingers closed....'

Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head

Letter from Arthur C. Benson to his aunt Nora Sidgwick

Thanks her for sending back the letters from Henry Sidgwick. Undertakes to see if he can find any more from him, but doesn't think there are many, if any. Hopes that his uncle Arthur Sidgwick will cut back on some of his other work, of which he believes he does 'far too much', in order to devote himself to the writing of the memoir. Declares that '[t]he great desideration is that the writer should want to [write] more than anything else in the world - and everything is quickly and well done when that is behind.' Advises Nora to ask Maggie if she can find any letters, and states that there are a good many papers at [ ]. Undertakes to look there when he goes back there in August.

Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head

Letter from Arthur C. Benson to Nora Sidgwick

Sends her back the proofs of Henry Sidgwick: A Memoir [not included], which, he claims, interested him greatly. States that he has 'scribbled a few scattered criticisms and corrections at the side', but assures her that they are very few. Remarks that he likes 'the semi-autobiographical plan' very much, but declares that the letters 'don't give a rich enough picture of his mind.' Adds that he thought that at some points the explanatory matter was a little too technical, especially in relation to the higher education of women. States that he appended to the last sheets 'a [tiny] scrap of reminiscence' of his own about Henry's talk, because he believes that the people she had quoted 'turned too much to the purely mental stuff of the thoughts, and did not bring out the manner, the personality, which lent so great a charm.' Tells her to use his piece in any way she pleases. Announces that he is not going to Windsor after all. Suggests that she might like to discuss some of the points he touched upon, and informs her that he would be available after the following Monday.

Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head