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These were mostly dull as the secretaries spent their time in one another’s company anyway. 102 Occasionally, as in November 1903, they were leavened by the presence of an outsider, often a foreign or passing British diplomat, journalist or high-ranking soldier. 103 Some of these functions were on a grand scale and several hundred guests might attend, many of them in great finery and gloriously colourful uniforms. Garnett did enjoy some formal events, although an aversion to wearing uniform set in at an early stage of his career.

However, they are almost exclusively one-sided, as far as his parents are concerned, although letters from certain other correspondents, including Archibald Rose and Lancelot Oliphant, have survived in greater number. Many other private collections have been consulted. Unfortunately, the main collection of Toynbee Hall papers, previously accessible at Toynbee Hall itself, was unavailable for research. This book contains much that some international historians might dismiss as tittle-tattle but this is intentional.

94 There were regattas at the San Stefano Sailing Club, football, polo, cricket, racquets, hockey matches and golf. During the summer months, the secretaries also played tennis at the Summer Palace Hotel. 95 There were trips by caïque to see local sites, among them, the Genoese Tower between Therapia and the Black Sea. For those with more sedentary tastes, there was a literary society, the activities of The British Institute, the Société des Concerts D’Orgue and of the Choral Society. For the thespian, there was the Dorcas Society whose entertainment committee staged a number of plays, some of them in the embassy garden.

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