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come up again next year, when very probably the rubrics of the Athanasian Creed and some others will be altered. Gladstone is of course very much discredited by his reappearance in the House of Commons as the High Church leader.

When you return to England I hope that you will pay me a visit here. It must be great gain to the Bishop to have you in Natal.



October 28, 1875.

You still require to be careful for a year. Though you are better you have not regained your power of attention and elasticity of spirit. I hope you have not 'forgotten' to have an assistant. I think that the plan we agreed upon, of finishing the small Sophocles first, is the right one.

I should be very glad indeed to know Maxwell if an opportunity offered. I hope that he will let me know when he comes to England, and I will ask him to pay me a visit. I have always imagined him to be one of the first of our scientific men, who, if any one, may be expected (not to give popular lectures but) to make discoveries.

This Term has begun prosperously for me; I am trying to get the Liberal party together here, and hope in time to do something in the Council. One of the first things which I want to try is the extension of the Schools Examination delegacy to women and girls' schools.



December 21, [1875 ?].

I was very glad to hear you are better. If you take care of yourself and do no more work than is necessary, I think that you may be as well as ever in a year or two.

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I have been more than usually well this Term, and sometimes entertain a 'light hope that I shall see the completion of the various projects which you and I have so often talked

1 Cf. Thuc. ii. 51 ἐλπίδος τι εἶχον κούφης.

about. I have revised three books of the Thucydides, and hope to revise the rest before the beginning of the Long Vacation, and also the Politics. After the Long Vacation I intend to begin again lecturing on theology, together with Thucydides. We must continue to meet either at Malvern or in Scotland, and work at Sophocles and Plato, if you are well enough.

I am here for a day or two, and am coming back again in about a fortnight. Though I am such a bad correspondent I hope you will write to me from time to time.

You must get back your health, and then make everything subservient to writing. I think that you escaped a great misfortune in not being elected to such an oppressive place as the Greek Chair at Glasgow.

Is the Dundee project' going forward? I should like to see the University of St. Andrews finding its way there. Lord Derby says that the Government are going to send a commission to the Scotch Universities. The opportunity should be taken to reorganize the curriculum, above all things, and to obtain money from Government if this cannot be accomplished without.



October 17, 1876.

I am always interested to hear about the lady who keeps a diary.

Shall I recommend her to read Pepys' Diary, which is a most remarkable work considering it was never intended to be read by any other human being? It is so clear and graphic, and contains treasures of human nature. . . . Also, has she seen the Greville Memoirs? I do not join in the outcry against them (though there are one or two things which ought not to have been published). They are very curious, as expressing the current opinion of men and things just as they presented themselves, the contemporary judgements of a shrewd man of the world, which he gives unaltered. If you make allowance

1 The foundation of a University College at Dundee.

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for a certain amount of cynicism he is in the main quite trustworthy; and he has provided most valuable materials for future history. . .


I too have seen 'men like chameleons' (that expression pleases me) both at Oxford and in London. I have a bad memory for most things, but an unfortunate one for inconsistencies of other people who come saying one thing at one time and another thing at another. There is no use in taking notice of it but it is necessary to know how few persons you can trust to be of the same opinion now and three months hence.



THE NEW HALL. 1877-1879

(Aet. 60-62)

BUILDING of the new Hall-Jowett collects subscriptions-His views on strikes-Opening of the Hall-Speeches-The new Library at Balliol-Notes: Female friendships; 'George Eliot;' Disraeli; G. F. Watts; Metaphysics; Vita Mea-Proposed tour-Death of Morier's father-Letters.


HE Lent Term, 1877, was marked by the opening of the new Hall at Balliol, an event which formed an epoch in Jowett's life. In the twenty years before he became Master a large part of the College had been rebuilt. The 'Grove' at the north-west corner had been pulled down, and replaced by the massive block which bears witness to the skill of Salvin1. The old Chapel, lovely with oak and stained glass, had been destroyed, much to Jowett's indignation 2, to make room for Butterfield's structure, which has indeed a beauty of its own-of line and proportion-but a beauty which is partly hidden by the adjacent Library and rooms, and partly out of harmony with them. The Master's and Fellows' gardens had been combined and reorganized into the present Garden quadrangle. And at length, in 1866-68, with the aid of Miss Brakenbury's munificence, the east and south 2 Vol. i. p. 247.

1 Vol. i. p. 211.

sides of the front quadrangle, and the Master's Lodge, except the dining-room, were rebuilt1. But much still remained to be done. More rooms were required to receive the increased number of students; and in 1873 a block of eight rooms was begun on the site of the stables, at the north end of the Garden quadrangle.

The need of a larger Hall had long been felt and discussed. Some of the Fellows had wished to enlarge the old Hall by taking in the Master's dining-room, with its beautiful oriel window; others to build an entirely new Hall on a new site. The question of enlargement was settled by the rebuilding of the Master's house in 1868. Meanwhile, owing to the constant increase of the numbers in College, the old Hall became more inadequate every Term; and for some time dinner was served in one of the Lecture Rooms as well as in Hall.

In December, 1873, it was resolved to build a new Hall, Lecture Rooms, and Common Room, at the north end of the garden, and to solicit subscriptions from old members of the College towards the expense. Mr. Waterhouse was asked to prepare plans, and in the following autumn, when the new rooms on the site of the stables were completed, a beginning was made with the work.

In collecting the subscriptions Jowett was indefatigable. He plumed himself on his dexterity in drawing money out of a man's pocket. Mere circulars he regarded as of little or no use, except for giving information; 'you must write yourself,' he insisted, 'to every individual person from whom you hope to get anything.' And this he did, both on this occasion and later when he was collecting money for the recreation ground. He would make a practice, in his methodical manner, of writing so many letters a day; and the letters were the occasion of

1 Vol. i. p. 397.

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