Letters

Scope and Content

Letters from J. W. Allen, historian. Allen was a friend of Tait at Balliol College.

6/1 [c. 1887] a letter written shortly after Tait had graduated from Oxford, refers to his former lodgings in St John St., Oxford, and their time together as students, congratulates Tait on his First, 'a foregone conclusion', comments on Tait lecturing on ancient history. Allen discusses his plans to research Fénelon, and recounts a dream in which he was present at the court of Louis XIV.

6/2 Written Christmas Eve, a reply to a letter from Tait about his personal and professional problems, including Tait feeling "paralysed by a habit of minute self-introspection". Allen goes on to tell Tait of his own professional problems: getting bogged down in his research and his positively changed opinion of the British Museum.

6/3 Oct 25, asks Tait to visit. Offers a copy of his book and notes Laski's comments in Manchester Guardian. Now working on 17th century. Comments on G. A. Wood being "too conscientious".

6/4 Arrangements with Tait for a visit after a meeting.