Item 24 - Letter from Edwin Montagu to Venetia Stanley

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MONT II/B/1/24


Letter from Edwin Montagu to Venetia Stanley


  • 16 Nov. 1911 (Creation)

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Reform Club, London.—Sketches his dinner companions at Downing Street. Has heard that Venetia has gone to Alderley. Recalls their last parting after seeing Macbeth.

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The Reform Club
Nov. 16th 1911.

Dear Miss Stanley

Its pouring wet and 1·30 A.M. I’ve just been dining with {1} and {2} and there met Mrs Beb. She tells me you went to Alderley last Friday night after all.

Oh how damnable the very necessary conventions are! I went mournfully to wander about the streets after an unsatisfactory farewell at the taxi door and feeling dismal and Macbeth had penetrated your soul too.

You must have had a bad time but the piece added to the mood of restlessness(!) before; {3} it was quite enough to account for an action which I admire most transcendentally for its splendid genuineness and spontaneity. I like to think of it as having happened although I do feel for what must have been an unpleasant experience.

I enclose what I owe you up to date. Rather dull at Downing. {4} was there. Also Bluey from whom I tried to fish an invitation to lunch tomorrow but failed!

Goodbye {5} I cant draw tonight

Edwin S. Montagu


{1} Here is a thumbnail sketch of Margot Asquith’s profile.

{2} Here is a thumbnail sketch of Henry Asquith’s profile.

{3} Semi-colon supplied.

{4} Here is a thumbnail sketch of an unidentified person.

{5} Preceded by ‘I thought’ and an abortive sketch, struck through.

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