Documents, photographs and references related to

Edith Emily Coulson James (1860-1936)

Some of these papers were discovered in the summer of 2010, at "Challonsleigh", Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon, in the possession of Geoffrey Fox (b. 1938), who is the step-grandson of Edith's brother Henry Rosher James.

John Barnard
Updated 27 Nov 2017

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EECJ-1 Letter to her brother Henry Rosher James.  Dated 3 Nov 1892, from 85 Durnford Street, Stonehouse, Devon. 8pp. References to mother's improving strength, Auntie Cassie [presumably Catherine Coulson Leah, nee James], Uncle Dick [Augustus Frederick James], Uncle Tom [Leah]; walks with  uncles; plans for new water supply for Stonehouse; visit of Capt. & Mrs Edward Leah [Uncle Tom's brother]; letter from Mary [Mrs Henry Rosher James] at Naples en route to join her husband in India on Golconda [presumably SS Golconda (1887)]; reference to brother Leo [Lionel James] having been busy prior to performance of a play the preceding Tuesday [25 Oct 1892] [possibly an ancient Greek play performed at Bradfield College, a performing tradition in which Leo is supposed by his family to have actively partcipated, though 1892 was the year in which he took up a post at Classics master at Radley School] Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
EECJ-2 Letter to her brother Henry Rosher James.  Dated 5 Jan 1893, from 17 Randolph Crescent, London W. 4pp. Reference to his accomodation problems in India; brother Leo's complex train travels to Bude with a pupil, via his aunt in Plymouth; formal invitation for Leo and Edith to dine with "Mr & Mrs Atkins" [unidentified] on Jan 18th; letter from Miss Dunn [unidentified] Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
EECJ-3Letter to her brother Henry Rosher James.  Dated 18 May 1905, on Grand Hotel Brun, Bologna notepaper, but superscribed Hotel Mayer, Desenzano, Lake Benacus [Roman name for Lake Garda]. 6pp. Reference to meeting Countess Martinengo-Cesaresco "who wrote that interesting book The Liberation of Italy and also Lombard Studies". Description of visit to Palazzo Martinengo-Cesaresco [Brescia] and conversations with count and countess about their recent travels. Countess told Emily that Thomas Hodgkin (author of Italy and her Invaders) had been pleased to hear of Emily's work on Bologna. Visits to Salo and Palace of Catullus at Sirmione, where she took photographs. Plans to take Mary [H R James's wife] and children to "nice clean hotel" at Sirmione, and visit Brescia to see original of "your Boethius" [H R James made translation of the Consolations of Boethius]. Plans to travel home via Innsbruck.Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
EECJ-4Letter to her brother Henry Rosher James.  Dated 3 Oct 1913, on Lyceum Club notepaper, but superscibed The Flat House, Tunbridge Wells. 12pp. Reference to planning carpets etc for her "haven" at Tunbridge Wells. Sympathy with Henry's "burden" [presumably his being passed over for the directorship of the Indian Educational Service], and references to her efforts on his behalf with "Amy and Arthur" [unidentified] at Stoke Poges (Arthur having "talked to any MP's he has met"), writing to Lord Carmichael [Governor of Bengal], and meeting the Private Secretary of Lord Crewe [Secretary of State for India]. Notes that the India Office's official view is that it is a matter for the Government of Bengal, but encourages Henry to "hold on and defy the enemy". Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
EECJ-5Letter to her brother Henry Rosher James.  Dated 27 Nov 1913, on Lyceum Club notepaper. 8pp.  Reports she is staying with Isabel Roget [unidentified] and has attended Council meetings at the Club. Reports meeting to discuss Henry's problems with Sir Alfred Croft. Suggests she can "put the screw on to Montagu privately now that ... there is clear evidence incriminating him" [possibly Edwin Montagu, Under-Secretary of State for India]. Also mentions contact with Lord Ampthill, Mr Neville [unidentified] and Sir Henry Craik, but says it is better that she continue the fight independently of Henry. Mentions a plan to visit Queen Anne Street to "talk with Mrs Walter" [Anne Louisa (née Hartland), 1840-1926, widow of Edith's cousin Walter John Coulson (1834-1889)]. Asks her brother to be kind to "Mr Humphrey Carter", the fiancé of a friend of a friend who will be at the Botanical Museum in Calcutta [presumably Humphrey Gilbert-Carter, later Director of Botanic Garden in Cambridge].Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
EECJ-6Edith E. Coulson James, Bologna: Its History, Antiquities, and Art. London: Henry Frowde, OUP, 1909Copy purchased from Amazon, Jan 2010 and held by John Barnard
EECJ-7Obituary for "Miss E.E.C. James" in The Times, Wed 3 June 1936, p. 16, col 3.PDF from Times Digital Archive forwarded to John Barnard by Maria Alambritis, 27 Nov 2018
EECJ-8Obituary for "Death of Miss Edith Coulson James" in Kent and Sussex Courier, 5 June 1926, p. 13, col 6.PDF from British Library forwarded to John Barnard by Maria Alambritis, 27 Nov 2018
EECJ-9Photo of Edith sitting in a garden (identified on reverse in hand of Pascha Barnard)Original print held by John Barnard