Amsterdam letter

L70 Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Pitt-Rivers papers


Rushmore, Salisbury | 15. Jan. 83


In reply to your letter of the 5th inst, in which you ask me to lend some Ethnographical objects from my Museum at South Kensington for the forthcoming Exhibition at Amsterdam, I beg to inform you that at the present moment the removal of the entire collection to, and its acceptance by the University of Oxford is under consideration. Until a decision has been arrived at with reference thereto, I regret to be unable to offer any loans of objects.

As soon as this matter is settled I will [insert] if possible [end insertion] endeavour to comply with your wishes.

I am
Your Obedient Servant
Fredk James

[Frederick James was one of Pitt-Rivers' assistants.]



Answered 20 Jany

Free Public Museum, Liverpool | Mayer Museum 16 January 1883

Dear General Pitt Rivers

I dare say you have forgotten me, but I take the liberty of reminding you of my existence, & of my visit to you when staying with Lord Wolverton last year, in order to ask you to look at the enclosed proof [still with letter] of a circular we are going to issue, & to ask whether you think you could lend us your collection of Early Navigation things, now at South Kensington?

They would be of real service here, & as much appreciated in a collection of this kind as in London, if not more. We should want them for 2 or 3 months only. I believe they only fill 3 or 4 cases, & would not involve a very serious moving.

Hoping you will consider us favourably, & with kind regards to yourself and Mrs Pitt Rivers

I am very truly yours
Charles I. Gatty

P.S. I hope your excavation on the downs has repaid you for your trouble.

Transcribed by AP as part of the Rethinking Pitt-Rivers project, 2011

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