Life and Letters of Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, O. M., by Caroline Jebb, A. W. Verrall

By Caroline Jebb, A. W. Verrall

Sir Richard Jebb (1841-1905) used to be the exceptional British classical pupil of the second one half the 19th century. This memoir, released by means of his widow in 1907, provides a rounded photograph of the fellow mainly remembered this present day for his variants of the performs of Sophocles, yet who used to be additionally instrumental in founding the British faculties of Archaeology in Athens and Rome and the British Academy, and who as a Member of Parliament for Cambridge college performed an important half within the politics of his day, specifically in academic reform at either institution and collage point. Extracts from his letters and speeches convey the power and exuberance which he dropped at his many jobs, and a feeling of humour which can now not be too obvious in his released paintings yet used to be remembered by way of his scholars as a function of the lectures which secured his attractiveness as an outstanding instructor.

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He is one of the most sensible fellows I know, and I am glad to get his advice about a profession, because his is precisely the mind to choose well—being perfectly calm and remarkably comprehensive. We came to the conclusion that an engineer is better off than a barrister without interest, an emigrant who doesn't understand sheep, an Indian servant without a spare liver, or a parson without decided zeal.... I open this to add that I will do your character1 and the others, directly the examination for the Craven is over.

Outwardly his life in College went on as usual. His diary, written for his cousin, is a record of continual parties for breakfast, luncheon, and dinner, often in his own rooms. Open it anywhere, it tells the same story. 1861] Undergraduate Years 43 "Feb. 2jth. After a morning passed in the stereotyped way, I took a walk with Henniker— one of the first acquaintances I made up here; a man I particularly admire We walked down to the river and saw some very uninteresting boat races. Kingsley was striding before us part of the way.

And did he not see around him lots of old buffers who could not dance and might have played—impotent himself to make the suggestion ? And did he not hear Miss F. dancing with Miss C. — Know, oh Susan, that having been wounded in my most vulnerable feelings—having been chaffed about my billiards—I have offered Emma to play her next Christmas under circumstances the most trying. I am to give her thirty out of fifty, to play with an umbrella for a cue. Don't you think that is a sporting offer ? Other notable reminiscences of our visit have I none, save that Mr wants to be kept in 40 Sir Richard Jebb [i860 order by some one equally gifted with a genius for being disagreeable.

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