Documents, photographs and references related to

Henry Rosher James (1862-1931)

A very large collection of HR ("Uncle Bobby") James's papers came to light in the summer of 2010, in the possession of his step-grandson, Geoffrey Fox (b. 1938). It appears that they were retained by his younger son "Bob"-Eric Trevenen James at his house, "Challonsleigh", Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon, which is still owned by Geoffrey Fox and his wife Vicky, though they spend most of the year at their farm in Tanzania. In the summer of 2010 I made two visits to the Foxes in Devon, and Geoffrey Fox gave me all the papers he had.

This page catalogues those related particularly to Henry Rosher James. Separate catalogues are in preparation for other papers retrieved from Challonsleigh. At present these catalogues remain work in progress, with many papers not yet listed.

In addition this page catalogues papers concerning HR James, which have been obtained from other sources.

John Barnard
30 May 2011

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HRJ-1 Poor condition MS notes in red cover, some in Greek. Dated 9 Nov 1885; Commonplace book "1885-19" Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-2 Hardback diary, dated 1882, probably while up at Oxford Original document retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-3 Photos of the grave of his wife, Mary James (nee Hindle) at Marida Yallock, Victoria, Australia Original photos retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-4 A4 envelope with various birth certificates, press cuttings and notes on James's dismissal from Presidency College, Calcutta.  Also includes marriage certificate for his son Eric T. James (22 Jan 1948, Nairobi), and purchase invoice for Challonsleigh. Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-5 Loose photos of James and his children (?) Original photos retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-6 Miscellaneous collection of letters and other documents relating to James, including several letters from his sister-in-law Lil Hindle (confusingly she signs herself  "sister"), contracts with publishers for books, and letters concerning injustices done to him by the Indian Educational Service Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-7 Large bundle of letters from James in India addressed to "Sonny" (probably his elder son Harold Hindle James) Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-8 Magnificent  portrait photo of James in academic dress Original photo retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-9 Portrait photo of (?) Mary James (nee Hindle) by Calcutta photographer Original photo retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-10 Photo of (?) HRJ with son Huck aged about 10 Original photo retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-11 Seven hardback notebooks and diaries from 1880s and 1890s Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-12 Leather-bound photo of HRJ in middle age (signed by him) Original photos retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-13 4 miniature diaries, 2 miniature address books and miniature book of Horace (Latin) - unidentified Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-14 Letters from James's daughter Mollie. Some probably childhood (no year) from Cameron House and Monmouth School House; others (1929, 1931) from Buenos Aires Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
HRJ-15 Letters from Donald Mackinnon, dated May and August 1927, concerning his intentions towards James's daughter Mollie. Original documents retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.