This slightly tatty-looking copy of Mark Pattison's Memoirs (Macmillan, London, 1885) hides a wonderful secret inside the front cover. On the front pastedown, there is the bookplates of the father of all queer letters, John Addington-Symonds.
Pattison was the Rector of Lincoln College in Oxford and these are quintessentially Oxford memoirs. They describe in great detail Pattison's religious life and, in particular his relationships with Pusey and Newman at the intense height of the tractarian movement. The Memoir is rather sad in tone and extremely introspective but what is particularlly nice in this copy is that Symonds has made his own marginal notes - sometimes at length. Sometimes they are comments about Hegel and german philosophy, more often they are little remarks about people or practices which Pattison mentions that Symonds was also familiar with. I haven't read them all yet but tantalisingly, Symonds's comment alongside a mention of his old headmaster, Vaughan, has been rubbed out. I'm just hoping that in the right light I might be able to get a few words of it but haven't managed yet. Vaughan lost his job because a young Symonds discovered his relationship with another pupil and brought the matter to his father's attention. It would be interesting therefore to read what the adult Symonds wrote as a note alongside Vaughan's name.