MONTAGU BUTLER, Henry (1833-1918). Headmaster of Harrow; Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Series of 9 Autograph Letters Signed with 3 of his wife Agnata, to Mr & Mrs [Walter] Sichel (1855-1933, biographer & lawyer), in all ca 42 pages 8vo. One from Harrow, the others from Trinity Lodge, Cambridge, 1881 to 1915, where dated. Sichel was a pupil of Montagu Butler's at Harrow and kept up a correspondence with him throughout his life.
Sichel was a poet (e.g., Towards the Light, his war poem), and the biographer of Disraeli, Lady Hamilton, and Sheridan. In common with Montagu Butler, he had a son in the War.
'... Remind me to tell you three sentences out of the only speech - oddly enough - that I ever heard from him. It was on the first night after his return with Lord L. from the Berlin Congress. It is long since I read Vivian Grey, and I do not know if nearly as well as Venetia. you shall tell me if Henrietta Temple is well worth a read in my old age. ...'[19 October 1910]
'... Jim & Gordon, 26 and 24, who are now in "dug-outs" ... within 150 yards of the Turkish trenches, exposed to incessant sniping and shrapnel. Their letters up to Nov 30 are not only loving and vivid but always, especially perhaps Gordon's full of "laughter". All that you say so charmingly both early and late in your fine Poem, goes to my heart. ...'[20 December 1915]Agnata's third letter talks of the death of her husband.
The image shows part of one letter only.