Documents and photographs related to

Lionel James (1868-1948)

Many of these papers came to light in the summer of 2010, in the possession of his cousin "Bob"-Eric Trevenen James's stepson, Geoffrey Fox (b. 1938), who gave them to me. It appears that Eric probably inherited them from his father, Lionel's brother Henry Rosher James, and they remained in his house, Challonsleigh, Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon (which is still owned by Geoffrey Fox and his wife) until I retrieved them in 2010.

John Barnard
11 Jun 2011

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LJ-1 Letter to his brother, 8 Aug 1912, announcing his engagement to Ethel Clabburn Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard. Annotated transcript prepared by John Barnard.
LJ-2 Letter from his sister Edith to their brother dated 8 Aug 1912 expressing her concerns about his proposed marriage Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-3 Letter from his sister Edith to their brother dated 9 Sep 1912 describing his wedding day Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-4 Letter from Ethel James to James's brother HR James dated 26 Sep 1912 Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-5 Letter to his brother dated 15 Aug 1913 Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-6 Letter to his brother dated 21 Aug 1913 Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-7 Letter to his brother dated 29 Aug 1913, with attached photos Original manuscript retrieved from Challonsleigh, summer 2010, and held by John Barnard.
LJ-8 L. James, "School prayers in war-time", Religion in Education, 8 (2) 51-56 (April 1941) Reference to article found in Internet search
LJ-9 Jubilate Deo. A Sequence of Daily Prayers for Schools.  Selected and arranged by Lionel James. Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 1932 Author's own copy of 2nd edition, with extensive annotations, signed and dated May 1932, held by John Barnard.  Copy of 1st edition inscribed "Robert C. T. James from Mother, Easter 1927" held by Pip Buth.
LJ-10 Lares and Penates. Notebook compiled by Lionel James containing lists of household goods (furniture, pictures, books etc.) and notes on
their proposed distribution to his children. Inscribed in a binding proof for a pocket edition of his sister's book on Bologna (which has blank pages).
Original document held by Rosie Plummer.
LJ-11 Obituary from Westminster Magazine Original cutting held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-12 Obituary from The Radleian, 20 Jun 1948 Original cutting held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-13 Article about James's retirement from Monmouth School (unidentified, but probably from local newspaper) Original cutting held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-14 Newspaper announcements of wedding, one identified as Morning Post,  12 Sep 1912 Original cuttings held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-15 Letter from Ethel James to her sister-in-law Edith Emily Coulson James (Edie), dated 24 May 1913 (14pp handwriting).

The letter was written on return to the School House in Monmouth from a holiday in the Scilly Isles, about 8 months after her wedding to Lionel. It covers various items of news, including an account of her own scare with a lump in her breast, her brother-in-law Henry Rosher James's (unspecified) problems in India, and his journey to Simla, and a possible visit from his children (Harold, Mollie and Eric).

A covering letter to RCT James from Gulielma (Gelma) James (widow of Eric Trevenen James), dated 9 Jan 1991 notes that the 1913 letter was found while rummaging in a drawer.
Original document held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-16 Portrait of James aged early 20s Original print held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-17 L. James, A forgotten Genius: Sewell of St Columba's and Radley. London, Faber and Faber, 1945.   Copy presented to his wife Ethel "with love and gratitude" by the author, and held by John Barnard
LJ-18 Medals for Oxford University Intercollegiate Challenge Cup, awarded to Lionel James, 1890 and 1891 Original medals held by Pip Buth
LJ-19 Article from Monmouth School Website concerning visit of Jill Trew to Monmouth School, 15 Nov 2010, with notes on her grandfather Cyril Pearson and great-uncle Lionel James http://www.oldmonmothians
.co.uk/omnewsarchive.html
LJ-20 Letters from RCTJ (2000) to Westminster School re Lionel memorabilia deposited at the school. Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-21Letter from RCTJ (1997) to Swan Hellenic Cruises re Lionel's photos of Greece, 1900-1910 deposited with themHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-22Birth certificatesHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-23Graduation certificatesHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-24Day-by-day account of walking tour in the Midlands, 22 May - 4 Jun 1884 (oiginal postcards to his mother and transcripts by RCTJ)Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-25Memoir of Lionel James from The Monmouthian, Jan 1962, page 41Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-26Leaflet with "Hints on Latin Prose" by LJ, apparently published after his retirementHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-27Leaflet with "Hints on Running" by LJ, apparently published after his retirementHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-28Testimonials for LJ's applications for the Headmastership of Westminster in 1906 and 1919Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-29Letters from his brother Henry Rosher James ("Bobbie"), Apr 1930Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-30Letters to his wife from Albania, Ithica and Greece, 1930Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-31Times Literary Supplement review of Sewell biography (28 Jul 1945)Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-32Marriage certificate, 1912Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-33Several letters (undated - poss Nov 1912) from his wife, at 3 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish SquareHeld by Rosie Plummer
LJ-34Letter to his wife (apparently visiting daughter) dated 19 Nov 1947Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-35Letters of condolence to his widow (including one from Alec Bethune Morgan)Held by Rosie Plummer
LJ-36Photograph of Ethel at Burnthwaite, on their honeymoonOriginal print held by John Barnard
LJ-37Photograph of Ethel at Burnthwaite, on their honeymoonOriginal print held by John Barnard