By Gilbert Murray
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And although I had my sons baptized as Catholics, I by no means contemplated giving them any denominational or sectarian training or education. It appeared necessary that they should be baptized in some form, and from old family associations the church of their fathers was the proper one to select for the purpose. It has throughout been my object to impress the broad principles of Christianity on the minds of my children, and to keep them free from the narrow sectarian prejudices which in all ages have done so much mischief in society.
The book does not deal with all Murray's manifold interests; there is little reference, for instance, to his children, his friendships, or his attitude on particular political and religious issues. The contributors have also been unable to use more than a small part of the great mass of correspondence and other documents that he left. Not all of the documents quoted or cited here have been given complete references, some because they have not been catalogued, while others are letters that have been quoted with the permission of his correspondents but without the use of their names.
He was a fine carpenter and woodworker. 1 More than once he made a billiard table with his own hands. He bought some land by the sea at Watson's Bay and built with occasional help from friends in the office a rather nice wooden villa, where I stayed in 1892 and was allowed to help with a window frame. He was a practical philosopher, a votary of the simple life, and had much of Leila's detachment from the world. He loved the sea. It was said, not quite truly, that his children could swim before they could walk.
An unfinished autobiography by Gilbert Murray