Item 26 - Letter from James Bryce to Nora Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/104/26


Letter from James Bryce to Nora Sidgwick


  • 17 Sep 1902 (Creation)

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Has now read nearly all the proofs of [Henry Sidgwick's] The Development of European Polity sent to him by Nora; calls the book very interesting, and says it reads 'quite connectedly'. Observes that each lecture 'has its topic', and that the sequence of treatment is clear. Remarks also that there is a sort of a lecture character about the book, but believes this does not injure it. Suggests, however, that 'here and there expressions more natural to oral discourse than to writing might be modified' and that the summaries at the beginning of some lectures of what had been said in the preceding lecture might be shortened or dispensed with. Has made a few suggestions in the margin in pencil, and has corrected a few clerical or printer's errors; his suggestions relate to points of detail, as he generally did not find fault with statements of fact. The lectures on Rome present 'with singular p[ ] and conciseness the broad features of a very complicated subject'; also praises the account of feudal Europe. Would be glad to be of any further use. Offers to return the proof to Nora at Newnham or at any other address. Announces that he is returning to London the following day. Sends his wife's love to Nora. They shall be in Sussex after Saturday.

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