Item 98 - Draft letter from R.C. Trevelyan to Leonard Woolf

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Draft letter from R.C. Trevelyan to Leonard Woolf


  • 6 Apr 1941 (Creation)

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Feels he must write to Leonard 'a few words of sympathy in your unhappiness' [Virginia Woolf committed suicide on 28 March; her body was not recovered until 18 April]: knows it is of 'little use', but all the Woolfs' friends would like Leonard to know how they feel. He and Bessie know 'what a perfect and loving friend and helper' to Virginia Leonard has been over many years. Feels sure she had 'much happiness in her life - as a creative artist she must have had that - but without [Leonard] she would have had far less happiness, and given far less to others by her writings and by her personal genius'. Virginia was a 'great spirit', one of the 'finest' he has known, and that would have been true if she had written nothing. Even during this 'time of calamity', nothing could affect him more. Nobody has a 'finer courage and wisdom' than Leonard, which is the 'only thing that can help'.

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