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Reuben BURROW : Unknown from 'Ladies' and Gentleman's Diary'

Mathematics, I have absolutely never thought on - excepting some trifles from the Ladies' and Gentleman's diary - which I shall have conscience enough not to trouble you with at present.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Carlyle      Print: Serial / periodical


Robert Burrowes : [Essay on Johnson's style]

'I shall now fulfil my promise of exhibiting specimens of various sorts of imitation of Johnson's style. In the "Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, 1787", there is an 'Essay on the Style of Dr. Samuel Johnson,' by the Reverend Robert Burrowes, whose respect for the great object of his criticism is thus evinced in the concluding paragraph:-- "I have singled him out from the whole body of English writers, because his universally-acknowledged beauties would be most apt to induce imitation; and I have treated rather on his faults than his perfections, because an essay might comprize all the observations I could make upon his faults, while volumes would not be sufficient for a treatise on his perfections". Mr. BURROWES has analysed the composition of Johnson, and pointed out its peculiarities with much acuteness; and I would recommend a careful perusal of his Essay to those, who being captivated by the union of perspicuity and splendour which the writings of Johnson contain, without having a sufficient portion of his vigour of mind, may be in danger of becoming bad copyists of his manner.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: James Boswell      Print: Book


George Burrow : [paper on Dr Johnson]

'The evening was then devoted to Samuel Johnson as seen through the biography of Boswell. Two papers were contributed. By Mr Burrow on "a Second Hand Book" which threw an interesting sidelight on Dr Johnson & By H.R. Smith who gave us an interesting account of the biographer. Readings from the biography were given by Mr Rawlings, Mr Unwin, Mr Evans & Mr Wallis, Mr Robson'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : [paper on George Sand]

'Mr Geo Burrow read a paper on George Sand indicating her semi-patrician origin & the County surroundings in which she lived. We were given some indication of her passionate nature & of how the various subjects of her passion were first adored on a pedestal & then fell through successive states to one of severe criticism if not contempt. The apt epigram was quoted that "George Sand did not behave as a perfect Gentleman". Readings as under from her work were then given, bringing out her love of country life & her considerable powers of descriptive writing, also the romantic cast of her tales. From Tillage of the Soil Celia Burrow Consuelo H.R. Smith The Devil's Pool C.E. Stansfield Countess of Rudolfstadt F.E. Reynolds'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : [paper on Mark Rutherford]

'The Club then turned its attention to Mark Rutherford. Mr Burrow gave some outline of Hale White [sic] life telling us how he had passed through several occupations student for Ministry School Master & Publisher's Assistant before settling down as an Author and Admiralty Official. In style he is simple & effective in manner he reminds sometimes of Hardy or Gissing. Three of his novels are semi-biographical & have the interest that attaches to a truthful diary. The rest of the evening was devoted to Readings designed to give us an insight into different aspects of his work. We gathered that although his plots were poor & scrappy his characters were vivid & intensely living. The readings were as followed. R.B. Graham & F.E. Pollard from Autobiography of Mark Rutherford Mrs Evans A Series of Character Sketches Mrs Robson Revolution in Tanners Lane Mrs Reynolds Catherine [sic] Furze Mrs Burrow Mark Rutherfords Deliverance.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : Revolt of the Innocents, The

'Various anonymous essays by members of the Club were then read with the following titles and at the conclusion of the meeting whilst the authorship of some was quickly acclaimed others proved very difficult to locate. Some thoughts on Racing attributed to R. Wallis One Generation & the next or Jobson on False Freedom C.E. Stansfield Intimations of Immortality R.H. Robson The Lady of the Marsh Mrs R.B. Graham If Christianity had Won R.B. Graham The Revolt of the Innocents Geo Burrow Thoughts on the Construction of Cathedrals H.M. Wallis Revenge or Justice C Evans Five minutes Thoughts upon present Condition H.M. Wallis A Scandalous Affair [illegible symbol]'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: members of XII Book Club     Manuscript: Unknown


Burrow : [poems]

'The Club then listened to a variety of readings from modern poets as follows: A Rawlings Extracts from "The Art of Poetry" T.C. Eliott from Chesterton's "Lepanto" Mrs Evans some verses by Colin D. B. Ellis R. H. Robson from J. C. Squires "Birds" D. Brain from Noyes' "Torch Bearers" C. I. Evans from Thos Hardy G. Burrow poems by his brother F. E. Pollard from Siegfried Sassoon Mrs Pollard from W. Watson's "Lakeland" C. E. Stansfield from Rupert Brooke A. Rawlings from E. V. Lucas & Lang Jones'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Print: Book


George Burrow : [A very short introduction to Elizabethan drama other than Shakespeare]

'The subject of the evening Elizabethan Drama other than Shakespear was then taken. Geo Burrow read a very short introduction to the subject.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : The Jamboree and Thoughts thereon

'A Meeting held at 70 Northcourt Avenue 25th September 1929 C. E Stansfield in the chair

Min 1. Minutes of last time read and approved

2 Mrs T C Elliott was wellcomed to the club in a felicitous speech by the chairman

3 The Secretary read a letter of resignation of Membership from Muriel Bowman Smith he was directed unanimously to ask her to reconsider the matter.


7 Holiday Essays were read R H Robson a family holiday at Mort[?] Geo Burrow The Jamboree & thoughts thereon C. E. Stansfield on a Swiss Holiday whilst H M Wallis chatted on some aspects of Bordighera.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : [an account of the life of John Masefield]

Meeting held at Ashton Lodge July 10th 1930
H. M. Wallis in the chair
Min 1. Minutes of last meeting approved
5 The subject of John Masefield was then taken
Geo Burrow gave some account of his life
Mrs Burrow read 2 poems "Beauty" & "Posted Missing"
H. M. Wallis read from the novel Sard Harker a thrilling account of an escape from a bog.
Violet Clough read from "Midsummer Night".
After refreshments "Phillip the King" was read in parts & much enjoyed the parts being taken as opposite.
King Phillip C. B. Castle
His Daughter the Infanta Mrs Castle
Various Ghosts Mrs Pollard
The Captain H.R. Smith
De Leyva S.A. Reynolds

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


George Burrow : [an introduction to the topic of the Sitwells]

'Meeting held at 70, Northcourt Avenue: 2. VI. 31 Charles E. Stansfield in the chair 1. Minutes of last approved [...] 7. The subject of the Sitwells was introduced by George Burrow who read spicy biographical extracts from Who's Who about the father Sir George Reresby, the sister Edith, and the brothers Osbert and Sacheverell. [...] Relieved by this happy if unexpected dénouement we settled ourselves in renewed confidence to listen to readings from the poetry of Edith. Alfred Rawlings read us parts of Sleeping Beauty & Celia Burrow the story of Perrine. Then for the work of Osbert and Sacheverell. H. M. Wallis gave us an amusing & tantalising paper entitled "Southern Baroque Art". This was followed by further reading from Mary Pollard, Alfred Rawlings, Charles Stansfield, & George Burrow.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Burrow      Manuscript: Unknown


Celia Burrow : [A letter offering to hold a meeting of the XII Book Club at her new house]

Meeting held at School House, L. P. : 13.9.35

   Francis E. Pollard in the Chair.

1. Minutes of last read and approved.

2. Account of the Excursion, contributed by R. H. Robson, read and approved.


3. An invitation was received by letter from Celia Burrow to hold our November meeting at her new house. We thank her very much & suggest Friday 22nd as a likely date.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Victor Alexander      Manuscript: Letter


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