Document ReferenceCC C 3/9
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, Firenze to Donald Carswell; 5 Dec. 1927
Date5 December 1927
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses him 'Dear Don'; thanks him for the book ['Brother Scots' by Donald Carswell]; they both enjoyed it, it is 'psychologically sound' but 'doesn't allow for the emotional side of our reactions'; Carswell admires English detachment too much and is 'a bit contemptuous of your Scotch'; he underestimates their 'vital quality' and overestimates 'English detached efficiency'; has got Cath[erine Carswell]'s letter and has written Thomas MacGreevy who he describes as 'tiresome'.

Likes Cath's idea of a [Robert] Burns book would like to do one himself but is 'not Scotchy enough'; discusses the Lockharts 'bit of a life of Burns' [John Gibson Lockhart, 'Life of Burns', 1828]; if Cath is condescending to Burn's he'll disown her; he is 'all for Keir Hardie' [1856-1915, a founder of the Independent Labour Party] and asks if Carswell 'ever knew Sir G. Trevelyan' [1838-1927, historian and statesmen, mentioned in 'Brother Scots'].

Germany sounds fun but is too far; thinks he will go back to the ranch [New Mexico] in spring; has no news and 'money dwindles'; sends love from Frieda and hopes the boy [John Carswell] is better; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.

The letter is a TS copy, made by John Carswell; the original is held in the Beinecke Library, Yale University.
Termpublications, studies, Donald Carswell 'Brother Scots'
publications, biographies, John Gibson Lockhart 'Life of Burns'
travel, plans, D.H. Lawrence
financial affairs, D.H. Lawrence
Publication NoteAldous Huxley, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (London: Heinemann, 1932)
James T. Boulton, Margaret H. Boulton and Gerald M. Lacy, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991) vol VI, pp 231-32

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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
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