Document ReferenceCC C 2/2
TitleLetter from Frieda Lawrence to Catherine Carswell; [c.1916]
Date1916 (c)
Extent3 ff
Access ConditionsUse of original restricted; surrogate copy available.
Content DescriptionAddresses her 'Dear Catherine'; tells her not to 'get that white look on you' and believes that when 'L feels like you do, he bullies me'; she is going to be happy and her 'deep contempt for humanity makes me pleased with every new sign of their vileness'; refers to patriotism and believes she is 'not them'.

Is happy by herself 'doing'; wonders how she can 'be well - when everything is so wrong!'; doesn't think Don[ald Carswell] will have to go [to war] and Catherine Carswell should not to worry on his behalf.

[The letter changes to dark ink]; Frieda asks Carswell to get two jersey's for her daughters for 10sh. from a smallish shop just before Selfridges [London]; talks about her daughters; she has sometimes wished them dead and has to fight for them 'here with Lawrence and with Ernst and with them themselves'; L[awrence] is 'more reasonable now'; this is a 'dirty looking letter, but she 'wrote it mostly in bed'; L's novel ['Women in Love'] is being corrected in type and it is 'such a mocking novel'; requests Carswell doesn't tell people about Amy [Lowell's] money; she can't bear people talking about them as 'it's mostly horrid what they say'; signed 'F'.

Date: The letter was originally undated and has been annotated, possibly by John Carswell, with '?1916'
Termwar, conscription
war, attitudes towards
wars, world war 1914-1918
family relationships, Frieda Lawrence
publications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Women in Love'
financial affairs, D.H. Lawrence
Physical DescriptionWritten in pencil and dark ink on ff 1-4 of a bifolium and f 1 of a loose folio of unlined paper; the letter is written in pencil until halfway down f 4 and dark ink is used for the remainder, there is also a note in dark ink on f 1; dimensions are 11 x 15 cms and 190 x 125 mm; one horizontal fold in the paper.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA167Carswell; Donald (1882-1904); married Catherine Carswell 1915; journalist and barrister1882-1904
NA3377Barr; Barbara (1904-1998); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1904-1998
NA3378Seaman; Elsa (1902-1985); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1902-1985
NA385Weekley; Ernest (1865-1954); Professor; professor of modern languages at The University of Nottingham1865-1954
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA166Carswell; Catherine Roxburgh (1879-1946); née MacFarlane; novelist and journalist1879-1946
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