Document ReferenceLa Ac 1/1/55
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, Italy to Gertrude Cooper; 19 May 1927
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Gertie'; explains that he hasn't written for a long time because of her recent operations, and thought perhaps she couldn't be bothered to read letters; has heard that she is getting better, and is able to go back to Mundesley [Sanatorium]; calls her recovery 'a miracle: almost a resurrection'; mentions that he sometimes dreams about her deceased sister Frances [Cooper].

Reports on the ill health of various family members, etc, including Ada's sons 'Jackie' and 'Bertie' [John Lawrence Clarke and William Herbert Clarke], and his own experience of a bad cold and malaria which prevented him from going to England to see a production of his play; describes the summertime in Florence and the hot weather.

Has heard from Enid Hopkin [Hilton] and her husband that they may come to stay in Florence; and discusses rumours about William Hopkin's new wife 'Betty' being pregnant; signed 'Love from me! DHL'.
Termhealth, Gertrude Cooper
health, D.H. Lawrence
hospitals, sanatoriums
weather, Italy
family news
Physical DescriptionWritten in blue ink on both sides of a single sheet of lined paper; one vertical fold; paginated 1-4; dimensions are 270 x 210 mm.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Margaret H. Boulton with Gerald M. Lacy, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991) vol VI, pp 63-64.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA74593Cooper; Gertrude (1885-1942); known as 'Gertie' or 'Grit'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence1885-1942
NA74594Cooper; Frances Amelia (1884-1918); known as 'Frankie'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence; teacher1884-1918
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA75073Clarke; John Lawrence (1915-1942); son of Ada Clarke née Lawrence1915-1942
NA3537Clarke; William Herbert (1923-); son of Ada Clarke née Lawrence1923-
NA337Hilton; Enid (1896-1992); Mrs; née Hopkin1896-1992
NA3486Hilton; Laurence E. (c.1882-); civil servant; m. Enid Hopkin 1921 divorcedc.1882-
NA3492Hopkin; William Edward (1862-1951); prominent figure in the political and intellectual life of Eastwood1862-1951
NA3490Hopkin; Olive Lizzie (1895-1988); known as 'Betty'; née Slack; married W.E. Hopkin 19251895-1988
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