Item 16 - Letter from Charles Philips Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Charles Philips Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

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  • 2 Jan [1909] (Creation)

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Cambo (on headed notepaper for the Board of Education, Whitehall, London, S.W.) - Enjoyed reading Bob's "Sisyphus" during Christmas week, and congratulates him; found some of the metres difficult. Expects Bob will be feeling little 'enthusiasm for becoming a Taormina landlord just now [he had been left property in the will of Florence Cacciola Trevelyan'. Hopes [Salvatore] Cacciola has not 'perished in the general wreck' [the huge Messina earthquake of 28 December 1908]; asks if Bob has heard how much damage Taormina has suffered, and whether it is true that Sydney Kitson has built himself a villa there; only sees a reference to a relation of Kitson [Robert?] being there. The family have just got home and all are 'very flourishing'; sends love to Bessie and Paul.

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Dated 'Jan 2 1908', but the references to "Sisyphus" and the Sicilian earthquake show that this is an error for 1909.

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