Item 6 - Letter from A. E. Housman to G. C. A. Jackson

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Add. MS a/551/6


Letter from A. E. Housman to G. C. A. Jackson


  • 2 May 1929 (Creation)

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(With an envelope.)



Trinity College | Cambridge
2 May 1929

My dear Gerald,

I was glad to have your letter of Jan. 28, with your photograph, which however made you look rather thin; though I suppose that is the right condition for a hunter, and perhaps for a geologist.

My godfather has died at the age of 88, so you must expect to lose me in 18 years’ time.

I expected to see Rupert last term, as he was coming up to a College Feast for men of his period; but just on the eve of it the Master of the College went and died {1}, so it had to be put off, I suppose till next year.

The Times has been printing snapshots of lions in the jungle. In one of them they were eating something, and I feared it might be you, but it was more like a zebra.

I am glad we may expect to see you back in England in the summer. I expect to be away from here most of July, but in residence most of August.

Your affectionate godfather
A. E. Housman.

[Direction on envelope:] Gerald Jackson Esq. | R.C.B.C. Ltd. | N’Changa | Via N’Dola | N. Rhodesia | South Africa


The envelope, which bears a 1½d. stamp, was postmarked at Cambridge at 7.15 p.m. on 2 May and at Ndola, N.W. Rhodesia, on 25 May.

{1} William Mollison, the Master of Clare College, died on 10 March.

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