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Part 2-- Rhoda Broughton’s Manuscript Letters by Recipient (115 items) (If available,
Mooney’s transcripts and notations are placed behind the plastic folders holding
Broughton’s letters.) I, II, III, etc. = box no. 1, 2, 3, etc. = folder no.
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Box-- Folder Date Recipient Content/Comments RB’s Address
II-1 1890 Sept 11 RB to herself Grocery list, menu, guest list? Worcester, Oxford
II-1 n.d. ? Scrap with Rhoda Broughton’s signature  
II-2 ---- M ay 23 Beeching, Henry

(Dean of Norwich)

RB says his friend Mr. Rathbone had called on her and she liked him very much and wishing Mr. Beeching could come up from Mickail. 2 ms. pp. 27 Holywell, Oxford

 

II-3 1911 Jan 22 (postmarked 1911 Jan 23) Belloc, Hillaire RB thanks him for his "charming" book and comments on what interesting people he has known & written about. She mentions George Eliot, the Howitts, a Miss Homer & Mrs. Proctor from his book.
4 ms. pp.
18 Eaton Mansion, Sloane Square, London, SW
II-4 1891 Dec 18 Bentley, Richard "For my last short story you gave me L50 with permissions to republish if I wished. Do you feel inclined to repeat these terms?"
2 ms. pp.
1 Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, SW
II-4 1888 Jan 16 Bentley, Richard RB declines "to let my [her] portrait appear in your journal." 1 ms. p. Holywell, Oxford
II-4 1892 May 4 Bentley, Richard "you are welcome to fill in the blanks with any names..." 1 ms. p. 1 Mansfield Place, Richman Hills, SW
II-4 ---- Dec 4 Bentley, Richard Regarding a short story "Was She Mad?" RB states that she would like it returned if she still has the rights to it.
2 ms. pp.
1 Mansfield Place, Richman, Surrey
II-5 ---- Sept 3 Boyle RB invites Mrs. Boyle & Miss Parker to tea.
1 ms. p.
Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, Surrey
II-6 ---- Sept 30 Brackenbury, Priscilla RB asks Mr. & Mrs. Brackenbury to remember their promise to spend a day with her in Oxford. & says she would be delighted if Lady Russell would come also.
2 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford

 

II-7 1883 Apr 18 Daniel RB has found Mr. Daniel’s pretty Bridge book. She has not begun to "grapple"? with Gargantua (probably refers to Promethius the Firegiver).
2 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford

 

 

II-7 1903 May 15 or later Daniel Mr. Daniel became provost in 1903. He is the Daniel of the Daniel Press.
3 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-7 1907 June 9 Daniel RB expresses regret at receiving the invitation to Mrs. Daniel’s daughter’s wedding just as she was leaving Florence for Paris
3 ms. pp.
Written from a hotel in Paris

 

II-7 ---- Feb 4 Daniel She thanks Daniel for the bookplate & invites him to tea to see her new acquisition.
2 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-7 ---- May 27 Daniel Letter edged in black thanking Mrs. Daniel for her expressed sorrow at the death of Mr. Broughton’s sister & saying she must now take up the problems of life without her sister.
2 ms. pp.
1 Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, SW
II-7 ---- May 26 Daniel RB expresses regret that she could not accept Mrs. Daniel’s invitation to a garden party.
3 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-7 ---- Dec 23 Daniel RB is off to Wales. She thanks Daniel for "looking up about Stratford" [?] and for the bookplates he sent.
2 ½ ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-7 n.d. Daniel (Provost of Worcester College, Oxford) Literary references to Tate, Dryden, Scott, etc. "As to the Laureateship, with a few exceptions what a patent of mediocrity it has been!"
3 ms. pp.
1 Mansfield Place, Richmond, Surrey
II-8 ---- Feb 14 Fielder RB says that she would be hoping for a visit with Mrs. Fielder who was living close by.
1 ½ ms. pp.
83, Cromwell Road, SW

 

II-9 1902 Aug 12 Hiatt, Charles "I was not born in Shropshire. Yours faithfully."
Postcard
Oxford
II-10   Lowndes, Marie Belloc Moody’s list of Loundes’ works  
II-10 1911 Apr 23 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Short stories do better than novels
3 ms. pp.
The White House, 1 Higher Terrace, Torquay
II-10 1911 Sept 30 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB hopes to see Lowndes in London
3 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1911 Oct 13 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB praises Lowndes’ children 3 ms. pp. 99, Cadogen Gardens, S.W.
II-10 1913 Mar 10 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "Finished your stories," They gave pleasure. RB’s glad Lowndes got to meet Henry James
3 ms. pp.
99, Cadogen Gardens, S.W.
II-10 1913 Sept 5 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB likes Lowndes’ novel, THE LODGER
3 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1913 Sept 9 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Henry James is waiting to read THE LODGER, sorry about all the illness among the Lowdnes.
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford

 

II-10 1913 Oct 2 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "thank you for…your imposing looking EMPRESS FREDERIC"
3 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1913 Oct 9 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Re: Loundes’ Empress Frederic. RB comments on Bismarck & Albert
4 ms. pp.
River View Headington, Hill, Oxford
II-10 1914 Dec 5 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Re: Henry James, Hugh Walpole
4 ms. pp.
River View Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1915 July 20 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Re: Lloyd George et. al.
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 July 24 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is glad Lowndes is going to Scotland. She laments British losses in WW I.
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 Aug 3 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Lowndes’ ANNA "brilliant debut in the U.S.A."
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 Aug 18 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Chitchat/gossip
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 Sept 15 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Henry James is "by choice…an Englishman."
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 Sept 25 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is glad that "Westminster was not one of the Raided Districts"
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1916 Nov 8 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is glad Lowndes & Mrs. Hansborough can come for tea
3 ms. pp.
99, Cadogen Gardens, S.W.
II-10 1917 May 21 Lowndes, Marie Belloc War affairs
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1917 May 25 Lowndes, Marie Belloc War restrictions make travel difficult. Gossip on homefront
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1917 Whit Tues. May/June Lowndes, Marie Belloc More rumors of war
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Mar 10 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Trading limericks River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 Apr 1 Lowndes, Marie Belloc War, their current works
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 Apr 3 Lowndes, Marie Belloc War news, "miraculous" that Charles survived attack River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 Apr 6 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Their correspondence is proof of friendship, hopes Lowndes is well again.
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 May 6 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB hopes Lowndes "could get quite fit again
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 May 11 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Various social chatter. RB hopes again Lowndes is well
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1918 May 25 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is dying to hear Lowndes "Asquithiana."
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Sept 7 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB talks of Lowndes’ "Scotch visits.
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Sept 12 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is sorry Lowndes’ nephew is missing,. Gloom over war losses
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Oct 10 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "Your ‘Thriller’ arrived." "After 4 dreadful years" of war,"Hope & Joy."
4 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Oct 28 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "Bless you…for a long letter, full of ‘Plums’!"
4 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Nov 9 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB "can hardly breathe between the tremendous happenings that every hour now brings!"
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Nov 24 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB hopes Charles not infected by "filthy, verminous Germans."
3 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Nov 28 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB asks how Lowndes uses her surrounding in writings.
8 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1918 Dec 17 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "tame election here"
4 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1919 Jan 7 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB is glad Lowndes escaped a fall with only bruises.
4 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1919 Apr 3 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "Mr. Lowndes’ gloomy tone about the Peace Conference—ironical name."
6 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1919 May 4 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Lowndes’ Charles off to fighting again. " Hellish Bolsheviks"
4 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 1919 Aug 11 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB appreciates current works of Lowndes et al.
6 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1919 Oct 11 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB wants to hear Charles has arrived all right.
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 1920 Mar 11 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB asks Lowndes to have tea with her & Mrs. Tower
2 ms. pp.
9 St. L.T.
II-10 ---- Jan 13 Lowndes, Marie Belloc RB hopes illness is not keeping Lowndes "silent."
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 ---- July 3 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "your dear affectionate note"
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 ----Aug 18 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "Thank you for your Type Itinerary"
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-10 ----Aug 29 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "I grieve…that Modern Novels…slide off my intellectualism? Memory."
6 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford

 

II-10 ----Oct 16 Lowndes, Marie Belloc "These are roses sent you by my American friend"
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-10 ----Dec 9 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Lowndes’ "optimism" in spite of adversity
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-11 ----July 4 Lytton RB hopes to reach Knebworth tomorrow at Lady Lytton’s invitation.
1 ms. p.
 
II-12 ---- Sept 2 Montefiore RB thanks M. for "Your most interesting cutting from the TIMES…."
4 ms. pp.
Ufford Place, Woodbridge
II-13   Myers, F.W. RB expresses her deep regret at returning home to find that Mr. Myers had been to call on her. This letter is in the original envelope postmarked July 7.
3 ms. pp.
Weald Hall, Brentwood

 

II-14 ---- Apr 18 Nevill, Dorothy RB accepts the invitation to lunch on May 6
1 ms. p.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-14 ---- Dec 23 Nevill, Lady Dorothy RB agrees to Lady Dorothy’s request for a photo of her & she hopes to see Lady Dorothy in London in February. She also mentions meeting Lord Lytton at a luncheon & enjoying a talk with him.
3 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-15 1879 Sept 24 Newcome, Ellinor Friendly chat with her sister.
4 ms. pp.
Whittington Hall, Kirkby
II-16 ----Mar14 Peabody, Marian Lawrence Letter in an autograph album begun by Henry Adams & presented to the Houghton Library -----Hotel
II-17 1911 June or July Pinker, James

RB tells Mr. Pinker that she has finally decided upon "Between Two Stools" as the name for her new story & describes a synopsis she would write. Tuchnitz "has always behaved very well to me!"
3 ms. pp.

River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-17 1911 Aug 15 Pinker, James RB expresses surprise at the need to send her proofs to Messrs. Tauchnitz
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-17 1912 Apr 28 Pinker, James RB is leaving London and will be in River View, Headington Hill, for the summer.
2 ms. pp.
Cadogan Gardens, London

 

II-17 1912 June 27 Pinker, James RB heard from a Mr. Watt that a well-known publisher was interested in her stories and that Macmillan holds all rights to her books except "Between Two Stools." "I regret that the U.S.A. declines to have anything to do with me."
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford

 

 

 

II-17 1912 June 29 Pinker, James RB explains that Messrs. Macmillan have published "cheap" editions of some of her books.
2 ms.pp.
Headington Hill, Oxford
II-17 1914 Feb 3 Pinker, James RB is sending another "Concerning a Vow" since all others have been disliked by Mr. Stanley Paul.
3 ms. pp.
4, Culford Mansion, Culford Gardens
II-17 1914 Feb 12 Pinker, James RB says that she had finished her story & was sending it for typing.
3 ms. pp.
Guilford Gardens, London
II-17 1914 Feb 16 Pinker, James RB is sending her manuscript to Mr. S.P. and that it is her only copy.
2 ms. pp.
Guilford Gardens, London
II-17 1914 July 2 Pinker, James RB thanks him for a cheque for 41pounds, 4 shillings, & 6 pence.
1 ms. p.
River View, Headington, Hill, Oxford
II-17 1914 July 13 Pinker, James RBB expresses "astonishment & utmost consternation" on hearing from a friend in Switzerland that "Concerning a Vow" had been published on the Continent before being published in England.
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-17 1914 July 31 Pinker, James Regarding her book "Concerning a Vow"--"how much better it would have been if Mr. Stanley Paul had produced it in the spring."
1 ms. p.
 
II-17 1914 Aug 1 Pinker, James RB Acknowledges receipt of a check for L360
1 ms. p.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-17 1917 Jan 3 Pinker, James RB is uneasy about her book being published by Mr. Stanley Paul.
1 ms. p.
River View, Headington Hill
II-17 1917 Aug 2 Pinker, James RB found it hard to believe that if Mr. Stanley Paul had lost so heavily on her books, he would want to repeat the experience. She was asked to write her autobiography.
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill
II-17 1919 Apr 13 Pinker, James RBB answered the editor of The Daily Express saying that she could not comply with his request, & asked if Mr. Pinker had heard about Tauchnitz’s would-be successor, and the L20 which she was to be paid.
2 ms. pp.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-17 1919 Apr 26 Pinker, James RB is returning to River View, Headington Hill.
1 ms. p.
Delverne, Farnham, Surrey
II-18 1888 Apr 12 Rawnesley RB invites Miss Rawnesley and her sister to tea.
1 ms. p.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-18 1888 Apr 20 Rawnesley Ethel Arnold [Matthew Arnold’s niece] had been visiting and Ms. Broughton had given her Mrs. Rawnesley’s note.
2 ms. pp
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-18 ---- Feb 25 Rawnesley Concern for Ms. Rawnesley’s brother’s illness & sympathy for Miss Rawnesley. RB expresses appreciation for Ms. Rawnsley’s comments about Dr. Cupid, and asks about a Miss H____whom Ms. Broughton felt was "an awful fool."
8 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford

 

 

 

II-18 ---- July 25 Rawnesley RB thanks Miss Rawnesday for copying a little poem and sending it to her.
3 ms. pp.
 
II-19 1878 Oct 16 Sartoris [unnamed in letter] RB expresses great concern & sympathy for Mrs. Sartoris’s disfigurement & illness. She has read "Xmas Eve & Easter Day."
6s. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-19 1878 Sartoris, Adelaide About their long-term friendship & other comments
6 ms. pp.
Holywell, Oxford
II-19 1879 May 27 Sartoris RB describes her garden & her friendship with Mrs. Pattison & how happy she was to have visited Mrs. Sartoris recently.
6 ms. pp.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-20 ---- Oct 14 Schuster RB thanks Mr. Schuster for her invitation to dinner at 8 and says that she will keep her fly [?] for return.
2 ms. pp.
Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, Surrey
II-21 1903 Dec 13 Scott, John H. RB asks Scott to send an address which she had mislaid.
Postcard
Oxford
II-22 1901 July 8 Sichel, Edith RB thanks Miss Sichel for sending her Women and Men of the French Renaissance with a "too, too kind inscription."
2 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-22 1911 July 7 Sichel, Edith RB thanks Miss Sichel for lending her Michel de Montaigne to Ms. Broughton & inviting her to visit.
4 ms. pp.
River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-23 ---- Sept 5 Sinclair RB remembers a bout with jaundice 40 years earlier.
3 ms. pp.
Richmond, Surrey
II-24 1874 July 18 Steele RB comments on some stories she read with great interest "tho the Americanisms run mad." She mentions meeting Browning again and loving him, and also going to call on Trollope.
6 ms. pp.
Winstanton Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire

 

 

II-25 ---- Jan 11 Sturgis Rb compliments Mr. Sturgis on his interesting little book which she liked and congratulates him on proving "a writer may sparkle and yet be clean" [Julian Sturgis, novelist, to whom RB dedicated her novel Foes in Law.
4 ms.. pp.
 
II-26 1870 Dec 1 Trubner RB thanks Mrs. Trubner for lending her books to read in her solitude & hopes to see Mrs. Trubner when she again visits in London.
3 ms. pp.
Upper Eyarth, Ruthin, NW

 

II-27 ----27 Unidentified recipient Uncipherable? ? Oxford
II-28 ---- Mar 24 Unidentified, Catherine RB has deep concern about the "storm raging in France"; conditions in England during the war. 3 ms. pp. River View, Headington Hill, Oxford
II-28 ---- May 13 Unidentified, Catherine War effort in England; success of English submarines; new book "Miss Pim’s Camouflage."
3 ms. pp.
Holbein House, Bamberg Rd., Oxford
II-29 ---- Oct 12 Unidentified, Doly RB suggests luncheon plans on Oct 17.
3 ms. pp.
1 Mansfield Place, Richmond, Surrey
II-30   Unidentified, Edgar RB asks for an appointment with him for Lord Wolsley & herself
2 ms. pp.
5 Grosvenor Gardens, SW
II-31 1884 July 22 Unidentified, Madam RB is sending the autographs requested.
1 ms. p.
27 Holywell, Oxford
II-32 ---- May 4 Unidentified, Mary RB believes "digested" letters are out of fashion, but that she needed to deliver her thanks for a delightful visit, and asking if the "little wonder" had made a good caricature of her.
4 ms. pp.
23 Lowndes Street, SW

 

 

II-33 ---- Dec 6 White, Mrs. RB sent 3 autographs for a bazaar. "I think those are few among the minor evils that beat a bazaar." 3 ms. pp. Mayfair, St. Aseph
II-34 1891 Woods Mrs. Woods’s travels & Ms. Broughton’s lunch with Bentley, her publisher, who asked about Mrs. Woods. Final page or pages of letter are missing.
4 ms. pp.
Mansfield Place, Richmond Hill, SW
II-35 1896 Oct 21 Zoe , Angelique RB declines the invitation to Saba Maud’s wedding.
2 ms. pp.
Richmond, Surrey

 

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