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Copy letter from A. C. Hollis to J. G. Frazer

Nairobi. Dated Sept. 26 '09 - Is glad his notes and that of [Kenneth] Dundas have been useful; has seen [C. W.]Hobley's chapter on social organization and points out their difference of opinion about intermarriage, which also different from [Moritz] Merker's; is sorry he missed [John] Roscoe, Hobley saw him for a minute on his way to the coast.

Copy letter from A. C. Hollis to J. G. Frazer

Nairobi. Dated Nov: 12 '09 - Discusses the Taveta, the only other tribe that has totemism but not exogamy like the Nandi; has just returned from Uganda and heard a great deal about [John] Roscoe; hopes Frazer will like [Kenneth] Dundas.

Copy letter from B. Malinowski to Sir James and Lady Frazer

El Boquin, Icod de los Vinos, Jenerife [Tenerife], Canary Islands. Dated 10.1.21 - Would like to hear about their trip through France and Belgium; spent time in Liverpool with Dr and Miss Caton; describes their trip to Lisbon, Madeira, Las Palmas, and Santa Cruz; hears [John] Roscoe is back, thinks it must be exciting to hear his reports.

Copy letter from B. Malinowski to Sir James Frazer

El Boquin, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Canary Isles. Dated 10.2.21 - Was interested to hear about [John] Roscoe's return, is pleased there has been so much press coverage; is staying in Tenerife until he has finished writing the Trobriand material; is happy to hear Frazer has accepted the Presidency of Section H of the British Association; would like to have a reprint of his Ernest Renan lecture, anything he says about the Comparative Method and its application to religious problems is of interest; describes the book he is writing on intertribal trading and sailing and hopes that it will be published by a firm like Macmillan, with publicity, and asks him to put in a good word; his wife has learned a good deal of Spanish, but he is trying not to relearn it, as he wants his English to be better and not mixed in with Spanish.

Copy letter from C. G. Seligmann to J. G. Frazer

15 York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, N.W. Dated March 9th, 1911- Sends him his Dinka MSS [not transcribed], and returns his proof with notes on six points; asks when [John] Roscoe's book on 'The Baganda' will be published.

Copy letter from E. Sidney Hartland to J. G. Frazer

Highgarth, Gloucester. Dated 15 February 1915 - Is trying to arrive at some principles of criticism of historical traditions, and thought that [John] Roscoe and [Emil] Torday attached exaggerated value to the Baganda and Bushongo traditions; discusses naming of mothers by the names of their children, the eating of domestic fowls; describes Australia, the southern half a monotonous landscape and the canyons of the Blue Mountains beautiful; discusses stopping his subscription to the 'Athenaeum' and that there is nothing to take its place.

Copy letter from E. Sidney Hartland to J. G. Frazer

13 Alexandra Road, Gloucester. Dated 28 February 1922 - Thinks Miss [Jessie] Weston 'at least talks sense' about the puzzle of the Holy Grail; is looking forward to seeing [John] Roscoe's new book; gives a reference for the priest king of Elele; jokes that [Robert] Macalister should have located the cradle of civilisation in Ireland; is writing a book on the evolution of kinship; teases him about being 'sculped' in Paris.

Copy letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 19th May 1911 - Thanks him for 'Taboo'; [John] Roscoe has had interviews with the secretaries of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor; and one, [Adolphus] Liddell, reports it went well; he had previously written to Kenneth Muir Mackenzie and received a cordial reply.

Copy letter from Henry Jackson to J. G. Frazer

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 23rd May 1910 - Thanks him for his copy of 'Totemism and Exogamy', grieves that [Lorimer] Fison and [A. W.] Howitt have not lived to read it; had a visit from [John] Roscoe; and discusses ways he has supported Roscoe's candidature: he reminded [Lord] Crewe of Frazer's application for Roscoe, and wrote to Sir Kenneth Muir Mackenzie recommending Roscoe; notes that he knows the Chancellor [Lord Loreburn], but thinks it more effective to approach Muir Mackenzie.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to Bronisław Malinowski

Hotel Lutetia, 45, Boulevard Raspail, Paris (6e). Dated 6 February 1923 - Is sorry to hear he has been ill; the 'Argonauts of the Western Pacific' has gotten a unanimous chorus of praise; values his opinion and thanks him for kinds words of the abridged GB; is in Paris, Lilly is making a French translation of the abridged GB and he is making an English translation of Ovid's Fasti for the Loeb Library, with glimpses of old Roman religion 'but most of the points in it have been threshed out already'; went to an interesting meeting of the Ecole d'Anthropologie, with [Louis] Capitan reading a paper of a cave discovered by Count Begouin [Begouen] in Southern France, and a communication about a tribe, the Habes, in the valley of the Niger, who have many taboos; [Alfred] Haddon doesn't have many anthropological students at Cambridge and speaks well of the new Curator of the Anthropological Museum, [L. C. G.] Clarke; [John] Roscoe's first volume should be out soon, it is interesting and valuable; is glad [Edvard] Westermarck is writing more on Morocco; hope to settle in a house being built for them in Cambridge in the autumn.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to E. S. Hartland

No. 1 Brick Court, Temple, London E.C.4. Dated 3 March 1922 - Gives the reference in 'Man' where [John] Roscoe's account of the temporary annual king of Bunyoro appears; will be most pleased to go to Oxford to hear his lecture; has just finished reading proofs of Malinowski's new book on the 'Kula' of the Trobriand Islanders ['Argonauts of the Western Pacific'?]; and [Charles] Hobley's new 'Bantu Beliefs and Magic', both interesting and valuable.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to E. S. Hartland

Brick Court, Middle Temple, London E.C. Dated 11th February 1915 - Addresses the issue between Hartland and [John] Roscoe as 'one of degree than of principle' concerning whether to accept 'savage tradition'; has finished the index of GB, and is working on 'The Belief in Immortality' vol. II, and a volume on Folklore in the Old Testament; his wife has written 'La Maison aux Pananceux'; notes Cambridge is doing well, with [A. B.] Cook's 'Zeus' and [W. H. R.] Rivers' two big vols. on Melanesian society.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to E. S. Hartland

No. 1 Brick Court, Temple, London E.C.4. Dated 26 February 1922 - Thanks him for the two papers, is glad he thinks Miss [Jessie] Weston has found the true key of the Holy Grail, is suspicious when the priest of Nemi pops up in books, 'especially when he is unmasked by a lady'; asks for the authority of the priest-king of Elele in Nigeria; has seen [John] Roscoe, who saw [Robert] Macalister and both conclude the original home of Egyptian and European civilisation will be found in the region of the African lakes; has had his bust done by [Émile] Bourdelle, of which he approves; mentions the kpelle of Liberia; asks if he has read [Edvard] Westermarck's new edition of 'History of Human Marriage' and asks his opinion of his attacks on Frazer.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Trinity College, Cambridge. Dated 3 July 1907 - Returns the proof of the article on the Bahima and discusses it briefly, including one section in which he consulted [W. H. R.] Rivers; arranges a time for a walk.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

St. Keyne's, Cambridge. Dated 15 November 1911 - Congratulates him on the living of Ovington; thanks him for 'The Baganda', is honoured to think he had a hand in its production, especially as the life it records is disappearing; the application to the Lord Advocate [Lord Strathclyde] on his behalf was a pleasure and may bear fruit in the future.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Middle Temple, E.C. Dated 3rd July, 1914 - Reports that he cannot throw light on the idols of West Africa; sends on copies of the memorial; says he has been busy answering congratulatory letters; asks about deluge legends in Africa, is working on his Huxley lecture.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Middle Temple, E.C. Dated 27th August 1914 - Encloses a copy of a circular letter from C. S. Myers and himself [not transcribed] encouraging subscription for 'The Northern Bantus'; mentions his new quarters, and his work on the index to the GB and checking proofs of Addison.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Middle Temple, E.C. Dated September 3rd, 1914 - Is glad to hear he is lecturing missionaries on anthropology, and offers more copies of his printed anthropological questions; the [Solomon] Schechters are in London, having come there from Holland.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Middle Temple, E.C. Dated 15th October 1914 - Thanks him for his photograph; is glad to hear that Norman is in the China Diplomatic Service; is glad his lectures were successful; the sum required for 'The Northern Bantu' is almost all raised; is nearly finished correcting Addison, has finished the proofs of the Index of the G.B.; the war looks rather dark just now but they must hope for the best.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

1 Brick Court, Middle Temple, E.C. Dated 14th November 1914 - Has been reading the proofs [of 'The Northern Bantu']; clarifies the difference between exogamous and endogamous, and points out several practices Roscoe gave him for his 'Totemism and Exogamy' that he has omitted; writes at length about using slip proofs, and mentions that Lilly had suggested page proofs as cheaper, but did not realise the extent of the changes to be made; [C. G.] Seligman is in favour of delaying the proposed expedition as there may be fighting in Uganda, and also to await [A. C.] Haddon's return in January.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

10 King's Parade, Cambridge. Dated 5th January 1915 - Is glad to hear they have good news of Norman [Roscoe]; Lilly is better but not strong; he has been reading, mentions Donald Frazer's [recte Fraser's] 'Winning a Primitive People' and Sarah [recte Sarat] Chandra Roy's 'The Orāons of Chōtā Nāgpur'; asks what books he has on the religions of India so that he can advise; walked with A. B. Cooke [Cook]; is not convinced by Rendel Harris's paper on Apollo as an apple-god.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Breadalbane Hotel, Kenmore, Perthshire. Dated 18 July 1915 - Discusses Lilly's idea of accepting the Archdeaconry [in Africa] Roscoe has been offered on a temporary basis in order that he could do some anthropological work; suggests he approach Macmillan if not them, then Hutchinson with his popular book; Moulton's loss was the death of his wife, but he knows no details; [Kate] Marseille, a German friend in Cambridge has also died, the Marseilles' son [Rudolph] has joined the English army in the war; is interested to hear that [W. H. R.] Rivers has returned from the New Hebrides; is glad to hear that Roscoe will be lecturing to missionary students at Cambridge, wishes there could be a permanent provision for such instruction.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

10 King's Parade, Cambridge. Dated 10 Nov. 1915 - Thanks him for the copy of ['The Northern Bantu']; Lilly instructs him to say she does not think he should give copies to the guarantors but will explain when she sees him.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Hotel Lutetia, Paris. Dated 29 Jan. 1920 - Fears notes Roscoe sent have been lost; asks him not to send them unless he they are kept in triplicate with a copy to the Royal Society; Lilly has been seriously ill but is recovering well.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Hotel Lutetia, Paris. Dated 31 December 1921 - Is in Paris, where he gave a lecture at the Sorbonne in front of 700 people; is having a bust made by Bourdelle who will present it to the Museum of the Luxembourg; Lilly's translation of 'Adonis' is out and she is busy getting other books translated; has been asked to write the preface to Malinowski's Trobriand book and [C. W.] Hobley's book.

Copy letter from J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe

Madingley Hall, Madingley, by Cambridge. Dated 29th October 1922 - Congratulates him on being made an honorary canon by his Bishop; thanks him for the proofs, his lectures are almost over and will be published as the second volume of 'The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead'; hopes funds will be forthcoming for the second expedition he is planning.

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