Item 32 - Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

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  • 25 Dec 1922 (Creation)

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Welcombe, Stratford on Avon. - Bob's mother is reading the "Oresteia" with 'the interest of one to whom Aeschylus has hitherto only been a name', and is 'greatly impressed' with Bob's translation. Bob's contact with the plays must be a 'memorable epoch'. Notes that Bob is reading 'or following' [Plato's] "Republic"; it is at least 'two generations of human life' since he himself read it., and he is now revisiting it; [Henry] Jackson 'charged' him to read it all, and [Thomas] Macaulay 'read it twice through in two years, and relished it keenly'. Sir George 'cannot like it', though he likes many of Plato's dialogues and has read some three or four, even five or six times 'this century'; finds the "Republic" 'much harder reading'. He and Caroline 'delight in Julian's Christmas drawings', and send Bob and his family warmest Christmas wishes.

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