By John McDermott
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16 Manley Hopkins writes to Liddon to use his influence to save H 'from throwing a pure life and a somewhat unusual intellect away into the cold limbo which Rome assigns to her English converts'. 16 & 17 H writes his father a long letter justifying his commitment to Roman Catholicism and refusing to delay. On the 16th the Master sends for H to explain that he cannot grant him leave of absence, or permission to attend the Roman Catholic chapel, without his father's permission. 17 Liddon writes to H, entreating him to pause.
24 Receives a letter from RB, now returned to England. 25 Goes to the Coleridges 'at Hanwell and then to an evening party at the Hollands'. 26 Makes notes on Caen Wood [now Kenwood]. 27 Visits the National Gallery. ' Tells RB about the Switzerland trip and gives him his address at Roehampton. 28 Visits Aunt Kate, who had just seen Dolben's sister (on the anniversary of his death). July 1 (Wed) H receives a letter from Edgell announcing his reception into the Roman Church the day before. 2 Writes, with a cut finger, to Fr Ignatius Ryder about his difficulties in writing a review of William Morris that he had hoped to 34 A Hopkins Chronology manage before leaving for Switzerland with the money earned from it.
A star most spiritual, principal, preeminent / Of all the golden press', cf. 'Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves'). 'For a Picture of Saint Dorothea' dates from November. In December he takes a First in Moderations; of the nine students examined at this time two others got Firsts, among them Paravicini. Some time this year he has written for Jowett 'On the Signs of Health and Decay in the Arts'. His Master's Report for the end of term describes his work as 'Fair, very Fair except in Divinity'. His interest in Savonarola, expressed at intervals through the year, starts him reading Romola.
A Hopkins Chronology by John McDermott