Document ReferenceLa Z 4/2/1
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Del Monte Ranch, Questa, New Mexico, to Rolf Gardiner; 4 Jul. 1924.
Date4 July 1924
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReplies to his letter explaining that he would have done a notice of 'Harbottle' ['A Modern Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which is to Come' by John Gordon Hargrave], but it is now too late; expresses an interest in the book; declares himself sick of the 'farce of cosmic unity, or world unison' which may exist in the abstract only but not elsewhere; goes on to expand on this theme: 'The spirit of place ultimately always triumphs'; is also 'sick to death' of the 'Jewish monotheistic string' and prefers the 'pagan many gods and the animistic vision'; reflects on the effect on him of living on the ranch at the foot of the Rockies and mixing with the Indians: 'what is it to me, world unison and peace and all that'; describes himself as 'essentially a fighter' and thus to wish him peace is bad luck.

Cites the diverse places he has known that may never be unified; likens man to the different species of wild animals who all live in the hills around them 'in the unison of avoiding one another'; explains that to him life is to feel the 'white ideas and the "oneness" crumbling into a thousand pieces, and all sorts of wonder coming through'; although he cares little for 'all that stuff', is glad if 'White Fox and his K.K'ers' have a good time [Hargrave's title 'White Fox, Headman K.K.']; accepts the need to return to the older version of life but not for the sake of unison nor done from the 'will'; there should instead be a great yielding; advises him not to bother but accept what seems good and reject what seems repulsive; concludes 'To hell with stunts - when they cease to amuse'; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'

A reprographic copy of this item was formerly held in the collection, with the reference number La Pc 4/1.
Termpublications, novels, John Gordon Hargrave 'Harbottle'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of 2 folios of unlined paper; dimensions are 280 x 220 mm; one vertical and 3 horizontal folds in the paper.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol V, pp 66-68

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA75469Hargrave; John Gordon (1894-1982); known as 'White Fox'; founder of ' Kibbo Kift the Woodcraft Kindred' in 19201894-1982
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA403Gardiner; Rolf (1902-1971); farmer forester pioneer of Land Service Camps for Youth1902-1971
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