Horace Walpole

July 20 2009

Christian Peper in his edition of Toynbee’s correspondence with Columba Cary-Elwes, which lasted from 1937 until Toynbee’s incapacitation in 1974:

There is a curious parallel to this unbroken [not quite unbroken] series of letters in the correspondence of another man of letters with another Yorkshire clergyman: Horace Walpole and the Reverend William Mason exchanged frequent letters from 1763 until the year before their deaths in 1797. Needless to say, the eighteenth-century letters were concerned with more mundane matters than theology.

He could have added that Mrs Paget Toynbee (Helen Toynbee, 1868-1910), the wife of Arnold Toynbee’s paternal uncle, the Dante scholar Paget Toynbee (1855-1932), edited Walpole’s correspondence. Paget Toynbee took over her work when she died.

Christian B Peper, editor, An Historian’s Conscience, The Correspondence of Arnold J Toynbee and Columba Cary-Elwes, Monk of Ampleforth, with a Foreword by Lawrence L Toynbee, OUP, by arrangement with Beacon Press, Boston, 1986, posthumous

One Response to “Horace Walpole”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    Helen Toynbee published a comprehensive edition of Walpole’s letters in sixteen volumes, but Paget did further work on him after her death.

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