A Year Abroad
Lydia Cadbury always said that Henry Cadbury was a different man when he was on vacation. Far from his study and his 3 x 5 cards and the endless claims of scholarship, he embarked with real enthusiasm on the role of tourist, throwing his unquenchable curiosity for the time being into learning about the place he was visiting. This was particularly true when there was a Quaker connection to be made.
In the late summer of 1932 the Cadburys went first to Holland, where they settled in the Hague, put the children temporarily into a Dutch school each morning, and set out to explore the surrounding countryside by train and bicycle. Henry Cadbury went alone to Amsterdam one Sunday to attend meeting and visit the Rijksmuseum (where he spent most of his time studying the pictures and prints dealing with the English-Dutch wars of 1653-66 "since they enter into the story of Quakerism a bit"). Henry and Lydia Cadbury together bicycled to the Hoek of Holland. The whole family enjoyed a trip by canal and river on a little steamer, seeing many windmills. Henry and Lydia Cadbury together went to Leiden to visit a Dutch New Testament scholar. Christopher, aged eleven, set out on a bicycle to explore the Hague, became lost, and finally found his way home by following a trolley line. "It is a good experience for him but makes our landlady nervous," Henry Cadbury commented. In between bouts of sightseeing, Henry Cadbury bought stamps for his brother Ben Cadbury.1
Benjamin Cadbury had had a terrible year. The Great Depression had been hard on the firm of Haines, Jones and Cadbury, and the family had had to practice frugality. Then Ben Cadbury's wife, Anna, had become ill and had died in July. Now he was alone in