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Record 22593

Reading Experience:

Copious MS notes and doodles throughout. First date "Trevelyan May 1852". One sketch is a drawing of "Alice [his sister] opening a box of soldiers. An anticipation of the holidays. What a child I was!" This vol. read by Sir George at prep school and Harrow "20 chap a day Wed. July 4th 1855" and in a later hand "when I worked so hard for the trials, and was so disappointed in coming out fourteenth. But the work won me the Gregory scholarship a year later on." I.i p.68: "These crosses in the text seem to represent the portion each boy was called on to translate." I.ii p.85 "I hate Harris"; "I detest Harris"; p.87: "I HATE HARRIS"; under this: "Poor little boy that I was; what a bad time I had with that able, and, (as I now know) not unkindly master". Many subsequent dates of reading, incl. Jan 20 1915 "sixty years after I was first reading it in the same volume at Harrow"; Sep 29 1922 "our wedding day"; March 14 1916 "Germans sent terms of peace to America through Colonel House: - and what terms!" "Finished this old book April 4 1916 Welcome. Almost everything reminds me of the most depressed and unsatisfactory period of my life, when I was the last boy in a form of 35, 63 years ago. What a mere child I was!"
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1852 and 1916
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:George Otto Trevelyan
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 20 Jul 1838
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Historian and statesman
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thucydides
Title: De bello Pelloponesiaco
Genre: Classics, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Gotha: Hennings,1843-1851
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22593  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: MS notes in book cited below.,

Citation: MS notes in book cited below.,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

I have not transcribed all the MS notes in this volume.



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