Item 287 - Letter from E. M. Forster to Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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Letter from E. M. Forster to Lord Pethick-Lawrence


  • 3 Sept. 1945 (Creation)

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West Hackhurst, Abinger Hammer, Dorking.—Lord Wavell has approved Forster’s visit to India, but the British Council warn that his departure may be postponed as he is only a writer.



West Hackhurst | Abinger Hammer | Dorking

Dear Pethick Lawrence,

I don’t suppose for a moment that there will be an opportunity for me to pay my respects to Wavell while he is in this country. I should of course much like to pay them—especially since he has been so good as to approve of my visit to India.

I hope that you are, both of you, all right, and not feeling too rushed. I shall be calling on you before I go. I pray that I do go—though the British Council warns me that there may be a last minute postponement, since I am only a writer. I am starting inoculations this week.

Yours v. sincerely
E M Forster

[Added by Pethick-Lawrence in pencil:] I think I h[ave] seen him since & I understand air passages h[ave] b[ee]n arranged.

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