Item 192 - Letter from Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

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Letter from Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan


  • 29 June 1915 (Creation)

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Stocks Cottage, Tring. - Luck more than 'a miracle' that she has found a governess, who came via the Gabbitas & Thring agency and is an 'Inverness girl' who studied French at Oxford for four years. Janet, on her way from Welcombe to Stocks, stopped and interviewed her, and 'engaged her walking up & down the platform' at the London & North Western station. The children are 'both delighted with her', and Janet thinks she will even be accepted by 'Nannie'. Her French is 'not really [emphasised] good' but distinctly above the average for British young ladies'; Mary has also started Latin with her and seems to pick it up easily. Their governess is only with them till the end of August; will be 'a bigger affair altogether' if Bessie wants to find one. Points out the success Molly has had with Miss Clark, who 'only sets out to be a nursery governess'; thinks Molly found her by advertising. Suggest that Bessie should come to live in London, where it would be 'quite easy to get Julian educated'; though if this meant 'letting the Shiffolds' she supposes it would 'break [their] hearts'. Going to Robin Ghyll next Monday; her parents have taken a little house at Grasmere till August; thinks her father is 'rather up & downing', and her sister Dorothy 'feels much tied to them', but they are happy to be in the Lakes. George's business in Rome seems to be going well; he is writing articles about it in the "Chronicle". Asks if they will see each other at Wallington in September.

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