Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Ross mss., 1910-1966, consist of correspondence of Robert Baldwin Ross, 1869-1918, art critic, and Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon, 1886-1967, poet.

Among the correspondence to Ross are typescripts of letters from Sassoon, Robert Graves, 1895-1985, author, and George Moore, 1852-1933, novelist, of which the following dates appear in Robert Ross: Friend of Friends, Margery Ross, editor, London, Jonathan Cape, 1952 (Lilly PR5236 .R835 Z5 1952): Sept. 16, Oct. 22, Nov. 24, 1916, and Feb. 13, Mar. 5, 18, Mar., Apr. 1, 1917. The typescripts bear a few annotations in pencil in the hand of Sassoon. Graves and Sassoon discuss literary concerns, friends, personal matters, and their feelings about the war.

Letters from Ross to Sassoon offer advice, encouragement and friendship. Their friendship is referred to in Siegfried's Journey by Sassoon, London, Faber and Faber, Ltd., 1945 (Lilly PR6037 .A86 S3) in which the William Heinemann letter of October 1, 1916, to Sassoon is also published.

Ross wrote several letters to his housekeeper, Miss Burton, most of which deal with domestic affairs. During the period in which Ross was associated with the Inland Revenue he wrote to William More Adey giving advice and information concerning the Finance Act of 1896 and as extended in 1910 about inheritance taxes.

Other letters are directed to Sassoon from relatives of Ross, dealing with Ross' life and letters.

Correspondents are Robert Graves, William Heinemann, A.A. Menkin, George Moore, Glyn Warren Philpot, John Paul Ross, Mrs. Margery Ross, Robert Ross, William Ross, Sir John Knewstub Maurice Rothenstein, and Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon. Included is an unidentified letter to Sassoon dated April 11, 1932, from N. B. of 117 Holden Road, Woodside Park, North Finchley, N. 12.

Collection size: 51 items

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