MC:P414/C92 Matthew Arnold Lecture Letters
MC:P414/C92 MATTHEW ARNOLD LECTURE LETTERS
These papers are based around a lecture on Matthew Arnold delivered by Warren in March 1913 in his capacity as Professor of Poetry.
MC:P414/C92/1 2 Jun 1872
Letter from Matthew Arnold (1822–88) to Rev. Herbert Hill. Arnold discusses what he considers his debt to Hill after his time at Rugby. He does not send Hill all of his published work because he thinks much of it may be uninteresting. He hopes to be able to write more poetry in the future. He says that the book he has sent is the kind his father might have written if he had experience of schools for the poor. Sent from Harrow. See MC:P414/C92/12 below.
MC:P414/C92/2 14 Feb 1913
Letter from George W. Russell (1853–1919; politician and writer) to Herbert Warren. Russell explains that Arnold never wished for a biography to be written about him, but that he would have liked a collection of his letters to be published. He thinks that Arnold’s letters to his family have been heavily censored and that much evidence of Arnold’s humorous side has been suppressed by his family. Sent from 18 Wilton Street, S.W.
MC:P414/C92/3 1 Mar 1913
Typescript of ‘Matthew Arnold’s Letters’ by Herbert Warren. 3 bundles of typescript bound with treasury tags, all with MS annotations. The first is a 25 page typescript of an introduction to the collection. The second is 17 page typescript of transcriptions of letters. The third is a 9 page typescript of another version of the introduction.
MC:P414/C92/4 5 Mar 1913
Letter from an unknown correspondent to Herbert Warren. The correspondent is glad that the [Arnold] lecture went well and looks forward to seeing it in full. Sent from the Reform Club.
MC:P414/C92/5 5 Mar 1913
Letter from Rev. A. Crawford to Herbert Warren. Crawford has read the notice in the Times about Warren’s lecture on Matthew Arnold. He noticed that Warren did not seem to know who a ‘Mr. Hill’ was. Crawford suggests it was Rev. Herbert Hill, Arnold’s tutor at Rugby School. Sent from The Vicarage, Melton-on-the-Hill, Doncaster. The letter includes a typed transcript.
MC:P414/C92/6 7 Mar 1913
Typescript copy of a letter from Rev. A. Crawford to Herbert Warren. Crawford thinks that the ‘Mr. Hill’ that Warren mentioned is Rev. Herbert Hill. He lists his reasons for thinking so. Sent from The Vicarage, Melton-on-the-Hill, Doncaster.
MC:P414/C92/7 8 Mar 1913
Typescript copy of a letter from Frances Arnold to Dr. Herbert James. Arnold discusses her brothers’ relationship with Rev. Herbert Hill. She says she has none of her brother’s letters written before 1848. She discusses events at Rugby School. Sent from Fox How, Ambleside.
MC:P414/C92/8 8 Mar 1913
Typescript copy of a letter from Frances Arnold to Herbert Warren. Arnold thanks Warren for sending her a copy of his lecture about Matthew Arnold. She thanks Warren for helping to preserve her brother’s memory buts stresses that his letters to his family were not written with the intention of being published. She agrees with what Rev. A. Crawford said about Rev. Herbert Hill. Sent from Fox How, Ambleside.
MC:P414/C92/9 10 Mar 1913
Typescript copy of a letter from Herbert Warren to an unnamed newspaper [probably the Times]. Warren discusses the feedback he has received since his last letter was published. He confirms that the ‘Mr. Hill’ he referred to was Rev. Herbert Hill. He also describes the letter that was given to him by Dr. Herbert James, which he believes provides new information about the writing of Arnold’s ‘Tristram and Iseult’. There is also a rough draft of the letter with MS annotations. Sent from Magdalen College, Oxford.
MC:P414/C92/10 11 Mar 1913
Letter from Rev. A. Crawford to Herbert Warren. Crawford reports on his investigations into the origins of the Arnold letters. Sent from The Vicarage, Melton-on-the-Hill, Doncaster.
MC:P414/C92/11 16 Mar 
Letter from Hubert Handley to the Editor of the Times. Handley explains who Rev. Herbert Hill was and expresses his surprise that Warren had not heard of him. Sent from St. Thomas’s Vicarage, Camden Town, N.W.
MC:P414/C92/12 15 Jun 1913
Letter from Newton Bennett to Herbert Warren. Bennett has been told by Warren’s brother Edward that he might be interested in the two letters enclosed [non extant]. One is from Dr. Arnold of Rugby School and the other from Matthew Arnold, both to Rev. Herbert Hill (the former is MC:P414/C92/19 below; the latter is MC:P414/C92/1 above). He describes how he knew Mr. Hill. Sent from Dorchester, Wallingford.
MC:P414/C92/13 20 Jun 1913
Letter from Newton Bennett to Herbert Warren. Bennett is glad that Warren found the [Arnold] letters interesting and gives his permission for them to be used in the lecture. He says the letters were given to him in August 1891. Sent from Dorchester, Wallingford.
MC:P414/C92/14 8 Feb 1914
Letter from Newton Bennett to Herbert Warren. Bennett says he is happy for Warren to keep the letters as long as he needs them, but that he would like them back eventually. He invites Warren to exhibition he is putting on. Sent from Dorchester, Wallingford.
MC:P414/C92/15 18 Feb 1914
Letter from Newton Bennett to Herbert Warren. Bennett says that he is happy for Warren to send the Matthew Arnold letter to the Times, and that he is free to do with the other letters what he wants. Sent from Dorchester, Wallingford.
MC:P414/C92/16 24 May 1920
Letter from C.R. Buckland to Herbert Warren. Buckland encloses the 3 Arnold letters from his scrap book [copies below]. He explains some of the content of the letters and provides an Arnold family tree. He describes his recent visit to Oxford. Sent from 16 Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, S.W. 7.
MC:P414/C92/17 3 Aug [Year not given]
Typescript copy of a letter from Matthew Arnold (1822–88) to Martha Buckland. Arnold sends a copy of a selection of his poems. He thinks his poems are appreciated now more than they used to be. Sent from Pains Hill Cottage, Cobham, Surrey.
MC:P414/C92/18 24 Jan [Year not given]
Typescript copy of a letter from Matthew Arnold (1822–88) to Charles Buckland [?]. Arnold has heard from Mr. Knowles, who says he will publish his article eventually but is unwilling to be tied down to a date. Arnold promises to read it when it does get published. Sent from Pains Hill Cottage, Cobham, Surrey.
MC:P414/C92/19 Not dated
Letter from Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) to Rev. Herbert Hill. Arnold congratulates Hill on his recent news and commends the family that he shall be marrying in to. See MC:P414/C92/12 above.
MC:P414/C92/20 Not dated
Offprint of an article about Warren’s lecture on Matthew Arnold (1822–88). The article, from an unknown publication, describes the lecture that Warren gave in his capacity as the Professor of Poetry at the Examination Schools.
MC:P414/C92/21 Not dated
Typescript copy of a letter from Matthew Arnold (1822–88) to Rev. Herbert Hill. Arnold thanks Hill for his the criticism of his work. He discusses the points that Hill raised about his Tristram and Iseult. Sent from Derby. Original sent 5 Nov 1852.
MC:P414/C92/22 Not dated
Typescript copy of a letter from Matthew Arnold (1822–88) to Charles Buckland [?]. Arnold suggests writing to his nephew Edward Arnold, editor of Murray’s Magazine. Edward will be visiting on Sunday and Arnold will also raise the subject then. He suggests using his name as an introduction if he wishes to write to Dr. William Smith. Sent from Pains Hill Cottage, Cobham, Surrey. Original sent 29 Apr 1887.
Return here to the introduction to this catalogue.