Item 36 - Letter from E. M. Forster to Elizabeth Trevelyan

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Letter from E. M. Forster to Elizabeth Trevelyan


  • 28 Sept 1940 (Creation)

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W[est] H[ackhurst]. - Thought she 'had had enough' of his pamphlet [Nordic Twilight, published as a Macmillan War Pamphlet], but 'here it is again. Also Virginia's letter - a very nice one, still, it ought to have been, no wonder she was pleased'. He and 'the people in the rich car' did not discover 'who anyone was'; they were going to Mr Harrison's at the Hatch, and 'most civilly offered' to send him on in the car alone, but he continued on foot.

Yesterday he 'achieved London', seeing his relatives in Putney and going on to Chiswick where his 'flat was still standing, and indeed, intact except for one smashed window, which Bob Buckingham has already got boarded up'. They 'watched what is drearily known as a 'dog-fight' through the un-smashed windows' before he returned home 'via Hammersmith Earl's Court Wimbledon Motspur Park and Dorking'.

Was very nice seeing her; sends much love to her and to Bob, to whom he will write when he returns his poem. Adds postscript: he does not 'want May [? or Mag?] back'.

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TRER/17/86 - letter, 4 Sept 1940, from Virginia Woolf to Elizabeth Trevelyan, thanking Elizabeth for comparing her biography of Roger Fry to a piece of music. Probably the letter Forster refers to and returns with this one.

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