[Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford.] Autograph Letters Signed ('B. Jowett'), appealing to former college member E. M. Sneyd-Kynnersley for a subscription towards the establishment of a cricket ground.

Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, influential tutor and administrator at the University [Edmund MacKenzie Sneyd-Kynnersley, Inspector of Schools]
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24 February 1890. Balliol College [Oxford].
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The 1880 'Balliol Masque' indicates Jowett's standing, and the pronunciation of his name: 'First come I. My name is Jowett. | There's no knowledge but I know it. | I am Master of this College, | What I don't know isn't knowledge.' 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with fold lines. Addressing his letter to 'Edward [sic] M. S Kynnersley Esq', he asks him to 'kindly read the accompanying circular? It relates to a project which I believe to be very important to the College & useful in many other ways, as well as - the [promise?] of a Cricket Ground'. Jowett continues: 'We are poor & unable to carry out the project entirely for our on resources: We hope therefore that former Members of the College will not think us troublesome if for the sake of old associations, we ask them to help us'. He continues: 'It is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you & it seems to be ungracious to renew acquaintance by asking for a Subscription. But I must ask you not to regard my request in this light. & I hope that you will come & look me up when you are in or near Oxford.'