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NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE

17. (L.) AFFAIRS of the Company.

Our accounts I leave wholly in the hands of our Companion, Mr. Rydings, and our kind helper, Mr. Walker. I believe their statement will be ready for publication in this article.

Our legal affairs are in the hands of our Companion, Mr. Somervell, and in the claws of the English faculty of Law: we must wait the result of the contest patiently.

I have given directions for the design of a library for study connected with the St. George's Museum at Sheffield, and am gradually sending down books and drawings for it, which will be specified in Fors from time to time, with my reasons for choosing them. I have just presented

JOHN RUSKIN, Esq., IN ACCOUNT WITH THE

ST. GEORGE'S FUND

Dr.

Cr.

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1876.

£ S. d. Paid to Bankers, see April Fors 977 12 1

May, less 3d.

charges 52 9 3 June

95 12 6 October.

50 00

December 10 00
Purchase of land and house at
Sheffield for Museum

930 0 0 Law expenses, ditto

26 15 11 Chemicals at Museum

5 00 Prints, Colnaghi

29 100
Law expenses, Tarrant and Mackreli 20 17 5
Repairs of cottages at Barmouth 27 0
Cheque to H. Swan, Sheffield, see
Feb. Fors

50 00
Cheque to h. 'Swan, Sheffield, see
Feb. Fors

44 00 Cheque to H. Swan, Sheffield, Aug. Fors

55 15 3 Cheque to H. Swan, Sheffield, seo Nov, Fors

60 00 Mr. Rydings, for feeble workers at Laxey, Isle of Man

25 00 £2459 12 5

2351 4 5

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[To whom the matter had been referred : see Vol. XXVIII. p. 659, and above, p. 27. For the final settlement, see Vol. XXX.

(For the Museum at Walkley, see, again, Vol. XXX. For later references in Pors to examples sent to it, see below, pp. 124, 130, 165.]

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THE UNION BANK OF LONDON (CAANCERY LANE BRANCH) IN ACCOUNT
Dr.
WITH THE ST. GEORGE'S FUND

Cr. 1876. £ s. d. 1876.

£ s. d. Jan. 1. To Balance

14 1 10 Feb. 22. By charges on two local 6. Dividend on £8000

notes

0 0 10 Consols

119 00 25. By Postage of pass book 03 13. Per George Allen:

24 11 1 Mar. 3. ohn Ruskin, Esq. 30 0 0 Feb. 16. Per John Ruskin, Esq. 25 00 July 28.

Ditto

330 0 0 Draft at Sheffield.

8 00 Oct. 12. Postage of pass book 0 0 3 Ditto at Ambleside

6 0 0
Ditto at Bridgwater 100 0
Ditto at Birmingham 5 0

Per John Ruskin, Esq. . 35 0
Mar. 4. Draft at Windsor. 200
7. Per Jobn Ruskin, Esq. 25 00
Draft at Oxford

50 0
14. Per John Ruskin, Esq. 6 0

Draft at Sheffield. 20 0
May 3. Per John Ruskin, Esq. 17 11 0

6. Draft at Bridgwater 9 19 3
9. Ditto at Douglas, £25,
less charges

24 18 9 June 9. Per John Ruskin, Esq. 5 0 0 13. Draft at Bridgwater 20 12 6 Ditto at Bilston

50 0 0
17. Cash per John Ruskin,
Esq.

20 00
July 6. Dividend £8000
Consols

118 10 0 Oct. 12. Draft at Bridgwater 50 0 0 24. Per J. P. Stilwell

25 0 0 Dec. 4. Draft at Bridgwater 10 00 23. Per George Allen 12 6 0 Dec. 31. By Balance

191 91 £821 10 5

£821 10 5

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CASH STATEMENT OF ST. GEORGE'S COMPANY TO

31st DECEMBER, 1876

Dr.

Cr.

£ 8, d. 918 15 0

0 5 0

0 6 3

930 0 0 26 15 11

500

PAYMENTS.
Purchase of £1000 Consols
Power of attorney for dividends
Cheque book and other small charges

at bankers'
Purchase of land and house at Shei:

field for Museum .
Law expenses on the above
F. D. 'Acland, for chemicals at

Museum
Fittings, salary, taxes, etc., at ditto,

per separate accounts to Dec. 31
Repairs of cottages at Barmouth
Colnaghi and Co., for prints.
Law charges for the Company,
Mr. Rydings, for feeble - home-

spun" workers at Laxey
Mr. Rydings, cheque sent

to Italy and not yet
returned

£33 15 0
Cash at bankers'

191 91 Ditto at Museum

16 3 1

193 12 2 27 00 29 100 20 17 5

RECEIPTS.

£ S. d. Subscriptions to begin

ning of year, see April Fors

785 1 10 Ditto to end of year, see

Fors, April to July,
Sept., Nov., and Dec. 461 2 7
Ditto from Mr. George
Allen, viz. :
Miss Kate

Bradley £1 1 0
F. Somer-

scales 5 0 0 Miss Guest 2 2 0 Mona

1 1 0 Miss Guest 2 2 0 “Methodist Preacher" 1 0 0

12 6 0 Ditto from Mr. Rydings, Dec. 14

33 15 0

1292 55 Interest on £7000 Consols to Jan.

1875, and on £8000 from July 1875 to July 1876

1007 17 6 Interest from balance at bankers'

9 18 0 Balance remaining due to Mr. Ruskin

for sums advanced at various times

108 80 £2418 8 11

.

25 00

.

241 7 2

£2418 8 11

99

EGBERT RYDINGS IN ACCOUNT WITH ST. GEORGE'S COMPANY Dr. (From June 29, 1876, to January 16, 1877)

Cr. 1876. £ 8. d. 1876.

£ s. d. June 29. To Mrs. Jane Lisle

1 1 0 Dec. 14. By cash paid to the Union 30. Charles Firth

1 1 0

Bank to the St. George's
Aug. 7. G. No. 50

10 100
Fund

33 15 0 12. Miss Sargood

2 2

1877. 12. Miss Christina Allan 2 2 0 Jan. 16. „ Balance in E. Rydings' Sept. 1. John Morgan, for 1871,

hands

26 30 No. 6

1 1 0 5. Geo. Thomson

5 00 Nov. 8. John Morgan, for 1876, No. 6

1 1 0 9. B. B., No. 26

1 10 0 Dec. 7. J. D., No. 49

0 5 0 9. Josiah Gittins

1 0 0 9. Miss M. Guest

2 2 0 12 A. H., No. 37

5 0 0 16. Wm. Smither

5 0 0 July 1. Miss M. Guest (re

ceived by Mr. Ruskin,
omitted in his ac-
count)

2 2 0
Dec. 23. Miss Dora Livesey 5 0
29. John E. Fowler.

3 0 1877. Jan. 1. Miss Julia Firth

7 0 0 1.

John and Mary Guy 1 0 0 3. Miss Sarah A. Gimson 1 1 0 16. Miss F. B..

2 0 0 £59 18 0

£59 18 0

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the library with another thirteenth-century Bible,—that from which the letter R was engraved at $ 7 of Fors, April, 1872;? and two drawings from Filippo Lippi and Carpaccio, by Mr. C. F. Murray.3

18. (II.) Affairs of the Master.

I am bound to state, in the first place,—now beginning a new and very important year, in which I still propose myself for the Master of the St. George's Company,--that my head certainly does not serve me as it did once, in many respects. The other day, for instance, in a frosty morning at Verona, I put on my dressing-gown (which is of bright Indian shawl stuff) by mistake for my great-coat; and walked through the full market-place, and half-way down the principal street, in that costume, proceeding in perfect tranquillity until the repeated glances of unusual admiration bestowed on me by the passengers led me to investigation of the possible cause. And I begin to find it no longer in my power to keep my attention fixed on things that have little interest for me, so as to avoid mechanical mistakes. It is assuredly true, as I said in the December Fors, 4 that I can keep accounts; but, it seems, not of my own revenues, while I am busy with the history of those of Venice. In § 13, the November expenses were deducted from the sum in the first column instead of from that in the third, and the balance in that page should have been £670, 9s. 4d.; and in last Fors, £275, 9s. 4d. My Greenwich pottery usually brings me in £60; but I remitted most of the rent, this year, to the tenant, who has been forced into expenses by the Street Commissioners. He pays me £24, 16s. 9d., bringing my resources for Christmas to the total of £300, 6s. id. My expenses to the end of the year are as follows:

£ 8. d. Dec. 18. Raffaelle (a)

15 0 0 22. A. Giordani (6)

20 0 0 23. Self

50 0 0 25. Gift to relation :

60 0 0 Paul Huret (c)

5 0 0 27. Downs .

10 0 0 £160 00

1

(a) In advance, because he goes home to Assisi at Christmas.

(6) The old Venetian sculptor who cast the Colleone statue for the Crystal Palace.6 Payment for casting Noah's vine on the Ducal Palace.?

(c) My godson at Boulogne. (His father, a pilot, now dead, taught me to steer a lugger.) Christmas gift for books and instruments.

* [For the first one, see Letter 70, § 13 (Vol. XXVIII. p. 727). The second is a large manuscript Bible, described in Vol. XXX.]

: (Letter 16 (Vol. XXVII, p. 284).]
3 [These are the drawings described by Ruskin in the passage printed in Vol. XXIV.

They are in the Sheffield Museum : see Vol. XXX. The study from
Carpaccio is the one mentioned in Ruskin's accounts above, p. 27.]

(Letter 72, § 13 (Vol. XXVIII. p. 768).] 5 [Raffaelle Carloforti of Assisi, studying at this time under Ruskin at Venice : see the Introduction, above, p. xvi.]

6 [For this cast, see Vol. XI. p. 19.] ? See Vol. XXX.]

• [In 1861 : spe Vol. XVII. p. xxxvii.]

P. 451.

Thus leaving me, according to my own views (I don't vouch for the banker's concurrence in all particulars), £140, 6s. id. to begin the year with, after spending, between last New Year's Day and this, the total sum of I won't venture to cast it till next month ;1 but I consider this rather an economical year than otherwise. It will serve, however, when fairly nailed down in exposition, as a sufficient specimen of my way of living for the last twelve years, resulting in an expenditure during that period of some sixty thousand, odd, pounds. I leave, for the present, my Companions to meditate on the sort of Master they have got, begging them also to remember that I possess also the great official qualification of Dogberry and am indeed "one that hath had losses." 2 In the appropriate month of April

, they shall know precisely to what extent, and how much-or little-I have left, of the money my father left me—with the action I mean to take in the circumstances.3

19. (III.) I reprint the following admirable letter with all joy in its sturdy statements of principle; but I wish the writer would look at Mr. D. Urquhart's Spirit of the East. He is a little too hard upon the Turk, though it is not in Venice that one should say so.

“TURKISH LOANS AND BULGARIAN ATROCITIES

To the Editor of the 'Carlisle Journal

re

"SIR, --There appears to be one probable cause of the present Eastern imbroglio which has escaped the notice of most of those who have written or spoken on the subject, viz., the various Turkish loans which have been floated on the London Stock Exchange.

“At first sight, few would be inclined to regard these as the root of the present mischief, but investigation may reveal that Turkish loans at high rates of interest, and Bulgarian atrocities, follow each other simply as cause and effect.

"Of course few of the Christian investors in these loans would ever think, when lending their spare capital to the Turk, that they were aiding and abetting him in his brutalities, or sowing the seed which was to produce the harvest of blood and other abominations in the Christian provinces under his sway. But such, nevertheless, may be the fact, and the lenders of the sinews of war to tyrannical and bloodthirsty governments should be warned that they are sponsible for the sanguinary results which may ensue.

"The horrors to which our world has been subjected, through this system of lending and borrowing, are beyond possibility of computation. But let us simply inquire how much misery, destitution, and death lie at the door of our own national debt.

"If our ecclesiastical leaders could take up this subject during the present mission, and preach sermons upon it (as Christ Himself would have done), from such texts as these, For they bind burdens upon men's shoulders, grievous to be borne, and will not touch themselves with one of their fingers,' and For ye devour widows' houses,'—they would not find it necessary to refer so much to 1 [But not done then : see below, pp. 74–75.] Much Ado About Nothing, Act iv. sc. 2.] See Letter 76, $$ 17 seg. (pp. 99 seq.).] • (The Spirit of the East, illustrated in a Journal of Travels through Roumeli during an Eventful Period, 2 vols., 1838.

"He” in Ruskin's text means not Urquhart (who was a Turcophil), but the writer of the letter.]

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