[Marginal note]: 3[5?]
[Embossed text]: 1,PORTLAND VILLAS, EAST HEATH ROAD, HAMPSTEAD. N.W.
30 Jan 95
Dear Lady Welby,
I am ashamed at discovering that I have left your letter unanswered a whole
week. But if you know my work - the details of it - + how hard it is to
press it into the inelastic hours, you would pardon even more than this.
I am [dispond?] to think that it would be [well?] to make the aim of the
Conference more definite than your rough draft does, + perhaps also to
narrow its scope. Would it not be [better?] to say frankly that we are
[going?] to deal
with language as expressing mental phenomena. This would no doubt make the
circular an appeal to psychologists first of all; but it could Easily be
known that we are all talking this metaphorical language, so that the
practical educational object might still be emphasized.
I fear that [as?] your draft [?] [?] [?] will fight [?] of the Conference
as attempting too vast an enquiry.
I would suggest further that it might be well to point
out that the special lines of enquiry we wish to follow out, though touched
on by this philologist, the grammar [?] the [dictionary?]. [Written?] [to?]
the Logician, are not adequately pursued by any or all of [this?]
I [fancy?] Clause I might be recast. I fear it would not be quite clear to
those who know nothing of your long + arduous studies in this direction.
Clause II would I suppose have to be modified along with this.
I will if you prefer [turn?] the matter over + send you alternative
suggestions for the opening clauses, but I should much prefer that you drew
I am sorry that I cannot write more this evening. It is late, + I am not
very well, yet cannot bring myself to delay answering your letter.
Of course I will do what you wish as to sending out circular.
I am sorry to hear that Sir william is ailing. The [weather?] is very
trying, + it has caught me among many others.
Yours most truly,
I am keeping your rough draft