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Miscellaneous Notes 3

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES 3. About 33 pages of fragments of notes for articles. Together with seven pages of discarded halves of a revised draft of Logan Pearsall Smith's "Introduction" to Bowyer Nichols' Words and Days (1941). The notes include a passage in tribute to "M.B." (Maurice Baring). Together with a newspaper clipping of Sir Arthur Quiller- Cotch's book, On Basic English: A Challenge to Innovators (1944) from The Times Literary Supplement, Saturday, September 30, 1944.

Selections for an Anthology of English and American Prose

SELECTIONS FOR AN ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN PROSE. No date. 55pp. Pages from an anthology, mounted and numbered in pencil from 197 - 251. When not noted on the printed page, the author's name has been penciled in at the head of each selection. The title page reads (in ink and pencil): "Pt. 5. Carlyle to Santayana. Done for L. P. S. by R. G. H. (Robert Gathorne-Hardy). With view to a new edition." Logan Pearsall Smith edited A Treasury of English Prose, published by Constable & Company, Ltd., in 1943. These pages appear to match pages 165 - 215 of that edition.

Typescript Copies of Correspondence from Henry James

GROUP OF TYPESCRIPT COPIES OF NINE LETTERS FROM HENRY JAMES TO JOCELYN PEINSE. 1903 - 1914. 11pp. With a letter from Henry James, Lamb House, Rye, Sussex, dated December 7, 1903, to Lord Wolseley. Together with one page entitled, "Duplicates Expurgated, Henry James to Jocelyn Peinse...," and an index to the letters. Of the nine letters to Peinse, seven are carbon typescripts, and one is a "top copy" (with the greeting, "Dearest and most beloved Jocelyn" crossed out in ink and the lower page cut off). Page six, letter seven, is missing. The letter to Lord Wolseley, dated December 7, 1903, is a tribute to his two volumes, Story of a Soldier's Life. "...I feel I must absolutely not have passed these several last evenings in your so interesting and vivid society without thanking you almost as much as if you had personally given me the delightful hours or held me there with your voice. I have read your two volumes from cover to cover and parted from you with a positive pang. They form a 'human document' of a fascinating order, and I greatly rejoice that you were moved to produce them...But what, as a dabbler in the spectacle of life, I think I most envy you is your infinite acquaintance, from the first, with superlative men, and your having been able to gather them in, and make them pass before you, for you to handle and use them. They move through your book, all these forms of resolution and sacrifice, in a long, vivid, mostly tragical procession..." Together with a newspaper clipping of an article on Henry James,' The Sense of the Past, and The Ivory Tower, published by Percy Lubbock, Henry James' literary executor. The clipping is mounted and has handwritten notes by Logan Pearsall Smith. No date. 1p.

James, Henry, 1843-1916


VOCABULARY. No date. 20pp. Very closely-written words, arranged alphabetically in three columns, with approximately 100 words per page.

Notes on Gibbon

NOTES ON GIBBON. No date. 10.5 pp. Draft of an essay on Edward Gibbon. Together with additional micrographic notes, possibly preliminary notes for the preceding draft. No date. 7pp. Also, an unfinished essay on Gibbon's style, entitled "An English Flaubert." No date. 4pp.


PHRASES. No date. 28pp. Draft index of phrases, with some notes and commentary. The phrases are from the Book of Common Prayer, Sir Walter Raleigh, and other Elizabethans, with further examples from John Ruskin, Sir Walter Scott, and others. Pages 11 and 12 concern Logan Pearsall Smith's ancestors.

Aesthetic Nomitives

NOMITIVES (AESTHETIC). No date. 4 pp. Related to "Nomitives," Folder 19. Synopsis or resume. Together with a typescript and carbon typescript of the same (both with hand-written revisions by Logan Pearsall Smith). No date. 3pp. each.

Shakespeare to Keats

SHAKESPEARE TO KEATS. No date. 59pp. Manuscript of shorter English poems, consisting of 22 pages of poems transcribed by Logan Pearsall Smith, and 37 pages of printed poems from books, mounted, some with concluding lines in Logan Pearsall Smith's handwriting. This anthology is believed to be unpublished.

Bible Anthology

BIBLE ANTHOLOGY. No date. 74pp. Over 700 quotations from the Old and New Testaments, ranging from one to nine verses, chosen by Logan Pearsall Smith for a future anthology. About half of the verses are written; the other half are mounted extracts from a printed Bible, with the name of the book of the Bible from which they were taken noted. This anthology is believed to be unpublished.

Essay on Falsifying History

ESSAY ON FALSIFYING HISTORY. No date. 3pp. Manuscript of a short, humorous article. Title is written in blue pencil; the actual manuscript is entitled, "Geography."


STEVENSON. No date. 3pp. Notes on Robert Louis Stevenson: "...deep seas and cannibal fish...the sound of the sea...great noise of the sails ...the ringing of the wind and the flying of the spray in the moonlight."

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. Approximately 300 pages taken from a Victorian edition of this book. Printed in small type in double-column format, with some penciled annotations by Logan Pearsall Smith. Together with a few pages of notes which appear to be quotations or summaries of portions of the text.


NOMITIVES. No date. 190pp. Manuscript draft for a work on this subject, the title being an Etonian term for adjectives derived from proper names, i.e., Edwardian, Johnsonian, and so forth. This study appears to have been inspired by Robert William Chapman's work, Adjectives from Proper Names (Society for Pure English, Tract No. LII), to which Logan Pearsall Smith refers in several drafts of the introductory papers. The notes include lists of hundreds of "Nom-atives," as well as commentary. The manuscript includes a typescript from a French correspondent (Paris, 58, Rue de Maubeuge, le 21 Janvier 33) on the scarcity of French examples. Many of the lists and notes may have been compiled before 1933, but the linking commentary appears to belong to the early 1940s. This work is believed to be unpublished.


EMERSON. No date. 11 pp. Closely-written notes in a minute hand on Emerson's prose and thought. Preserved in an envelope marked: "Notes to Keep. EMERSON. The Further Reperusals."

Miscellaneous Notes 1

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES I. About 150 pages of minutely-written word lists and idioms, perhaps compiled in preparation for pages 167 - 292 ("English Idioms," and "Appendix") of Words an Idioms, published in London by Constable & Company, Ltd., 1925.

Magic of Words

THE MAGIC OF WORDS. Dated January 8 - 12, 1924. 5pp. Handwritten notes in a minute hand, arranged on each page in three columns under such headings as "Magic," "Dead Words," "Diction in Poetry," "The Pleasures of Lexicography." Author notes that words in "newspapers, advertisements - millions and millions printed - (are) useful symbolic tools, tokens for politics - magical process - but darker and more potent magic in them - latent fires..."

Italian Words

ITALIAN WORDS. No date, but circa 1928. 119pp. Minutely-written notes; many of them mounted. Approximately 30 pages of commentary on the history of Italian culture, and the Italian element in the English language. With various lists of Italian words arranged under such headings as "Literature," "Theatre," "Wines," "Games," and so forth. In some instances, dates of English usage are noted: buffoon, 1585; burlesque, 1656, and so forth.

Needed Words

NEEDED WORDS: SOME NOTES ON THE INADEQUACY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Another title, "MISSING WORDS," appears on the envelope in which the notes were placed. No date. 43pp. Micrographic notes, with lists of words and many cancelled passages. Possibly an early draft of his Needed Words, published in S. P. E. Tract No. XXXI (1928). Other contributors to this Tract were Roger Fry ("Words Wanted in Connexion with Art," pages 330 - 332), and Professor Graham Wallas ("Notes on Jeremy Bentham's Attitude to Word-Creation, and Other Notes on Needed Words," pages 333 - 334).

The Constellations

THE CONSTELLATIONS. Ruled pages from a notebook. A written note on the cover states: "Essay by L. P. S. 1895?" Apparently an unpublished essay on the mythology of the stars. 11.5 pp. Brief notes on two other pages.

S.P.E. Naturalizations

S. P. E. NATURALIZATIONS: DEPORTED WORDS. Manuscript notes. No date. 32pp. Notes begin with an introductory comment on the Society for Pure English: "The aims of the Society for Pure English were stated in general terms in its preliminary pamphlet, and there is no need to repeat them here. As, however, many questions have been asked about their definite application, it has been decided to issue occasional tracts in which especial points can receive more detailed treatment..." This is followed by two sections: (1) Vowel-ligatures AE, OE, and (2) The Naturalization of French Words. These notes were published in S. P. E. Tract No. III (1920), A Few Practical Suggestions, pages 3 - 7. Together with S. P. E. Notes on French words incorporated into the English language. No date. 2Opp. Believed to be unpublished.

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