Document ReferenceLa Ac 1/1/246
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence and Frieda Lawrence, Villa Bernarda, Spotorno, Genova to John Clarke, Torestin, Ripley, Derbyshire; 19 Dec. 1925
Date19 December 1925
Extent1 f (plus envelope)
Content DescriptionAddresses him as 'Dear Jack'; is sending him a pound - 10 shillings for himself and the rest to buy a gift for 'Auntie Gertie' [Gertrude Cooper]; couldn't find a suitable gift for his mother [Ada Clarke], but enquires whether she would like some cups and plates; discusses the weather and 'old Giovanni' [Giovanni Rossi?] working in his garden; invites him to visit.

Provides message to write on Gertie's present, and insists he does it respectably so as not to shame them; urges him not to be 'wessel-brained, or there'll be death in the pot!'

Sends Christmas greetings to all, and hopes the green family is better; signed 'Love from your Auntie Frieda & your ever estimable Uncle Bert.

Postscript asks what 'those pore collier's boys' have been doing lately.

Written in the hand of D.H Lawrence.

Includes an envelope (La Ac 1/1/246/2) addressed to Master Jack Clarke, 'Torestin', Gee Street, Ripley (Derby), Inghilterra; postmarked: Genova, 20.12.[...?].
celebrations, Christmas greetings
Physical DescriptionWritten in ink on both sides of a sheet of cream paper; dimensions are 127 x 200 mm.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey (eds) 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol V, pp 359-360.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA75073Clarke; John Lawrence (1915-1942); son of Ada Clarke née Lawrence1915-1942
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA74593Cooper; Gertrude (1885-1942); known as 'Gertie' or 'Grit'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence1885-1942
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA77661Rossi; Giovanni (fl 1926); friend of D.H. Lawrence in Spotornofl 1926
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