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By George Edward Wherry

Even supposing the early nineteenth-century essayist Charles Lamb by no means studied in Cambridge, he knew the town good and had many associates hooked up with the college, such a lot significantly Samuel Taylor Coleridge. among 1909 and 1914, at a time whilst Lamb was once greatly learn and popular, a chain of dinners have been held in Cambridge to commemorate Lamb's birthday and his connections with the town. Edited by way of one of many unique organisers, George Wherry, in 1925, this little quantity collects his recollections of eminent visitors on the occasions, in addition to informative essays on Lamb's Cambridge connections by way of Lamb's biographer and editor E. V. Lucas. one other contribution is Edmund Gosse's account of the way his friendship with Algernon Swinburne used to be enriched by way of their shared admiration of Lamb. the quantity is still of curiosity either as a checklist of Edwardian educational conviviality, remembered after the good warfare, and of the keenness Lamb encouraged on the time.

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It was with mixed feelings that Lamb gave his consent for her marriage to Edward Moxon in 1833. Mary Lamb's attacks were becoming more frequent and acute; his own health was failing; his home was, he knew only too well, no place for a girl on the threshold of life. A few months after the wedding he wrote a letter to 1 But see pp. 18, 19. [ 45 ] both husband and wife, which seems to me not the least courageous effort of a noble and courageous life. " And then he describes how he has been lured once again into an excess of conviviality, such as Emma had so often—and, I feel, so understandingly—deplored.

I am glad of the error, because it led to a long digression on Harrow slang and other early reminiscences. The Master's references to cricket ranged from his school days to the banquet in honour of Ranjitsinhji at which he had taken the chair, and as usual, he seemed to know all. The next morning Aldis Wright and Charles Sayle came to breakfast, and Aldis Wright filled me with complacency and pride by trusting me to take away the original exercise bookin which Edward FitzGerald had written down his notes on Charles Lamb.

It was on the authenticated and very eventful visit to Cambridge in July and August, 1820, when Lamb and his sister were here for a month, that they met the little girl named Emma Isola, who was destined, as their adopted daughter, to bring into their house so much brightness and pleasure. The Lambs stayed with or near a Mrs Paris, a sister of their London friend, Ayrton, in Trumpington Street. Living f 42 ] either there, or at Mrs Watford's, a house which they visited, was this attractive child; the brother and sister took an instant liking to her; the following January—1821—Emma was their guest in London, at Great Russell Street; and after her father's death in 1823 she passed into the charge of her new friends and remained with them, when not at school or teaching, until she became the wife of Moxon, the publisher, in 1833, and left their home, on which the shadows were gathering so fast, for ever.

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