L’ENVOI

This book is intended in the first place to record what is known of Elizabeth Godolphin and her bequest. In the next place it is intended to be a homely story of the School, a story both homely and alive. It is hoped that those to whom it is dedicated will feel at home in some of its pages, and that many figures familiar at school and in Salisbury will be called to the mind of each one as she reads, and will supply life to the picture presented. Those who have made contributions to the book were asked to write down straight out of their heads anything that stood out clear in their memories. That seemed the way to produce a homely and lively picture, and that being the object in view, other things had to be sacrificed to secure it. For instance, the same things are mentioned over and over again, for who can forget the Cathedral or the Downs, or Groveley on Ascension Day? Again, we feel sure many things are omitted which readers will eagerly look for and not find. The writers are of all ages and of different times. One of them looks back into her memories and finds herself again in the little school when it was in the King’s House, perhaps ninety years ago, for her letter was written when she was very old and contributed to the school magazine in 1901.

Other kind contributors look back into the ‘fifties and ‘sixties. Others again, without note or photograph to remind them, have sent home vivid pictures of school life: one from the Cape, another from her great farm in Rhodesia, another as she was travelling across the veldt; and big and little things are jumbled together as they are in real life.

We are fully conscious of one omission-there is no chapter on regrets and repentances. There were probably plenty of both for every one who ever set foot in Godolphin, but as this is not a” Confession Book,” they must just be taken for granted, and the blessed old saying stands for ever -and especially for the aged amongst us-” Never too late to mend!”

Many people have helped to make this book possible. They have given their help readily and most generously, and we should like to name each one of them, and so record here our sense of what the book owes to them. We believe, however, that any interest and pleasure they may get out of the book they have helped to produce will be the thanks which they will appreciate most.

There is, however, one name which must be mentioned, and that belongs to one whose work in this connection was unique. Miss Ethel Jones spent more time and labour of love than will ever be known, years ago, in collecting and arrang­ing information with regard to Elizabeth Godolphin, her family, and the history of the bequest for the foundation of the Godolphin School. This history Miss Jones left to the school when she herself went to be Head Mistress of the Diocesan School in Grahamstown, and it has been of the greatest value in producing the first chapter of this book. I am sure she would wish to acknowledge the help she received not only from Miss Andrews, but also from Mr G. F. Tregelles of Barnstaple. Much gratitude is also due to Mr Yeatman-Biggs of Long Hall, Stockton, Wilts, and to General Marsh of Pine Wood, near Lymington, both Founder’s kin, for their valuable help at the present time. Many of the pictures in the book are reproduced from photographs taken by the Royal Studios, Salisbury.

And so we send the Godolphin book out with the warmth of life and affection in its pages, and with the comfortable assurance supplied by past experience that the editors will be forgiven for the many faults and omissions on their part.

A. DOUGLAS. C. R. ASH.

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