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Edward Burne-Jones letter to Cormell Price, 1854 February 28

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Call Number: MSS 45

Scope and Contents

Burne-Jones responds to Price's questions about scholarships, noting that the competition for Oxford scholarships "depend entirely upon the men who present themselves for candidacy" and that the University's reputation for "stiffness" deters individuals from applying and so "competition has been less." He tells Price that the scholarships for Queen's College are generous but that the college has changed from "old times." He notes Magdalen College's demyship scholarship form and states that he believes recipients often become full Fellows.

Burne-Jones gives his friend advice on studying "Oxford Latin," remarking that the "accuracy of translator ... to render the meaning of a passage as plainly" as possible is paramount. He states that "Tacitus [?] is better than Cicero" and that participles are "supposed to be connecting links between sentences etc -- not meaningless nonsense for filling up, to be translated at random by 'forsooth', 'but', 'indeed' etc."


  • 1854 February 28


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 23 x 37 cm, folded to 23 x 19 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Addressed from "Exeter Coll." Addressed to Price (on outer leaf) at "Classical Department, King Edward's School, Birmingham." With one penny stamp and wax seal.


References: Georgiana Burne-Jones, v. 1, p. 98

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