A description by his brother J.C. Powys of A.R. Powys, author of Repair of Ancient Buildings (1929) and secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, comes to Dalrymple’s attention.
The account reads, in part:
Nothing in his life was at random. Nothing was wanton or wilful. In dress, in ablution, in food, in drink, in the minutest arrangements of his time, of the objects around him, of his rooms, of his garden, of his household utensils, in lighting a fire, in opening a bottle, in whittling a stick, in driving a nail, in hanging a picture, in washing a dish, in chopping a log, in cutting a loaf, he would always follow a carefully considered method of his own, for which when challenged…he would bring forth a most confounding and irrefutable weight of elaborate justification.