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Butler, Henry Montagu (1833–1918), college head
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Letter from J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Trinity College, Cambridge - Wishes to withdraw from the Library Committee, as his specialty is not one in which the Library is strong; also doubts the utility of College libraries, 'a system which gives us in Cambridge eighteen very imperfect libraries and not one really good one.'

Letter from J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Inch-ma-home, Cambridge - In letter of 2 June, Frazer asks Butler to sign some enclosed memorials to the Australian government about some anthropological work and has received a letter from Mr [Francis?] Galton, who had just returned from Greece and heard 'a graphic account of my first (alas! it will not be my last) journey to the Styx.'

Letter from J. G. Frazer to 'Master' [Henry Montagu Butler]

Inch-ma-home, Cambridge - Does not expect Butler to read all three volumes [of 'The Golden Bough']: 'I quite understand that to many minds the descriptions of foolish and absurd customs which make up the bulk of the book may be tedious and even painful'; had a happy winter in Rome, but had to cut short their visit to return because their tenant left their house in Cambridge early.

Letter from H. Montagu Butler to J. G. Frazer

Trinity Lodge, Cambridge - Congratulates Frazer on the honorary doctorate from Oxford. Lunched with the recently arrived Senator Hoar from America, who had bought a copy of Pausanias immediately upon arrival.

Letter from H. Montagu Butler to J. G. Frazer

Trinity Lodge, Cambridge - Writing on the blank leaf of a letter from H. McLeod Innes to himself, he forwards the letter containing the minute of Trinity College Council in which Frazer is asked to give one or two courses of lectures suitable for candidates preparing for Classical Tripos Part II; he will be paid fifty guineas for each course; hopes he will comply with the proposal.

Letter from F. W. Pethick-Lawrence to Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

‘The Echo’ Office, 19 St Bride Street, Fleet Street, E.C.—Is sorry he can’t be with her this afternoon, but he will be especially nice to ‘the two dear kiddies’ at the weekend. His evening (at Trinity) went well, and the Master said that the ‘dear boy’ (Frank Pethick) was much loved.

(Cf. 6/64–5 and 6/71.)

Letter from William Cory [aka Johnson] to Henry Sidgwick

Expresses his surprise at being invited to the [Conversazione] Society's dinner. Gives his address in North Devon. Invites Sidgwick to his home, where he could ensure him, 'absolute seclusion for literary work, with very good air on high ground, plenty of shade, cool rooms. No dust or flies or formalities.' Refers to the visits of Montagu Butler, who had brought a man called [John Henry?] Pratt with him the previous year. Hears reports of Sidgwick through another guest. Also mentions the visit of Frederick Pollock and his wife. Announces his intention of being in Zurich during the month of July, but intends to be 'fixed' in his home in Devon for the rest of the year. Claims that he is 'not rich enough to go to London' that he 'shrink[s] from "society" out of the neighbourhood in which [he has] business to transact'. Claims that he never 'was fit to be a member of the C.C.S.'

Cory, William Johnson (1823-1892) poet, master at Eton

Letter from Henry Sidgwick to his mother

Announced that he has decided to come to Rugby the week after the following week, instead of the following Thursday, as he had originally intended. States that he wishes to dine with his editor at Harrow on the following Saturday and see his friends there. Reports that Montagu Butler has been seriously ill, but is getting better. Is very sorry to hear about Mary, and asks for a better account to be sent as soon as she can. Also regrets to read her report of William, and states that he has no time to go and see him.

Regrets that he is not able to work as hard as he should like. Declares that he should have given himself a longer complete holiday during that long vacation. Reports on the work he has done. Thought that he 'should have got further towards explaining Spiritualism, one way or another'; however, 'it gives life an additional interest having a problem of such magnitude still to solve'. Asks his mother's opinion on the Bishop's address, and remarks that he thought it was 'exceedingly well composed on the whole'. Professes to be becoming more interested in ecclesiastical matters from reading English history. Sends his love to Mary and Edward.

Letter from Mary Sidgwick to Henry Sidgwick

Apologises for having neglected to write to him. Declares that her time at Wellington College has passed pleasantly, but has been devoid of incident. Refers to Minnie's happiness with Edward, and to her domestic activities. Remarks that Edward, although not ill now, needs rest. Looks forward to 'the happy Rugby Xmas', and declares that she is glad she kept on the house there. Is very glad that Henry will be at home all the vacation, and hopes that he will ask [A. J.] Patterson to come. Explains that during the latter half of the vacation Edward and Minnie and William will be gone, and suggests that he invites his friends then. States that she will ask William about his friends when she passes through Oxford the following Thursday, when she is to meet Lucy Brown and lunch with her in William's rooms.

Reports that Mr [Francis?] Martin has just been [at Wellington College], and told her that Henry is looking 'remarkably well'. Adds that she thinks that Henry should be doing lighter work. Tells him not to let Arthur work too hard. Reports that William was at Wellington College that previous Sunday, looking very well. Refers to 'the appointment [of H. M Butler as new headmaster] to Harrow', and remarks that '26 sounds very young', but that she hears that Butler 'is a very fit man.' Is glad to hear that Henry comes home on 15 [December]. Asks him to give the enclosed [not included] to Arthur.

Sidgwick, Mary (d 1879), mother of Henry Sidgwick

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