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TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Kaffee Angermeier, Rottach-am-Tegernsee, Oberbayern, Germany to his sister [Ada Clarke]; 1 Sep. 1929
Date1 September 1929
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionIs pleased she is safely home; mentions a letter from [Percy Reginald] Stephensen [Manager of Fanfrolico Press], whom he describes as a 'wind-bag, a real match to Willie Hopkin'; questions his criticism of Dorothy Warren [owner of Warren Gallery] as he is 'by no means too dependable himself'; admits she is an 'undependable creature' who will not make a definite decision about the show [exhibition of his paintings], but also that she writes 'most lovingly' and is coming to meet them in a fortnight; expects he will have to get the lawyer to settle things; is very interested to hear she has found the MS of the Rainbow; enquires if it is the original handwritten MS; asks her to compare it with the Methuen printed edition and if she can remember how the MS came into her hands.

Gives his reasons, both immediate and long-term, for his keenness to preserve and safeguard his property - 'they increase in value and represent his capital' - but is prepared to dispose of them at auction if ever he needed a 'fair sum of money' for any enterprise; explains 'We only live once and must use every opportunity of living'; after his death the MSS and pictures would have to be sold to provide Frieda with something of an income; referring to heirlooms, as George is head of the 'family', Ernest [elder son of George Lawrence] is the legal heir of heirlooms; states he has no use for family and heirlooms; cannot see Jackie and Bertie [Ada Lawrence's sons] 'getting any thrill' from the MSS of 'The Rainbow' and 'The Trespasser', except for that 'monetary gain' she mentions.

Does not believe in hoarding things for other generations; as he has no need for money and no wish to sell any of his MSS and pictures at the moment, he asks her to keep them with those she already has; repeats his enquiry about the Rainbow MS and explains the descriptive terminology to her; points out that 'written MS is best' although proofs and typescript also have value, especially if there are corrections; expects to remain in Germany another fortnight; likes its sunny, peaceful setting among the mountains but the altitude tries him a bit; asks her to make a full list [of his things] and a brief description of the MSS, typescripts and proofs, or to let Gertie [Cooper] do it; signed 'D.H.L.'

In a postscript reports that Frieda's bone was successfully set by a bone-setter from the next village; is annoyed at the thought of earlier expensive medical treatment in London and Baden.
Termmanuscripts, D.H. Lawrence
manuscripts, D.H. Lawrence 'Rainbow'
exhibitions, paintings, Warren Gallery London 1929
art, paintings, D.H. Lawrence
health, Frieda Lawrence
Physical DescriptionWritten in blue ink on both sides of a sheet of cream paper; dimensions are 189 x 280mm.
Publication NoteKeith Sagar and James T. Boulton 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991) vol VII, pp 458-460.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA372Warren; Dorothy Cecil Wynter (1896-1954)1896-1954
NA5386Stephensen; Percy Reginald (1901-1965); manager of Fanfrolico Press London1901-1965
NA74698Davies; Rhys (1901-1978); Welsh writer1901-1978
NA3492Hopkin; William Edward (1862-1951); prominent figure in the political and intellectual life of Eastwood1862-1951
NA5785Lawrence; George Arthur (1876-1967); brother of D.H. Lawrence1876-1967
NA75073Clarke; John Lawrence (1915-1942); son of Ada Clarke née Lawrence1915-1942
NA3537Clarke; William Herbert (1923-); son of Ada Clarke née Lawrence1923-
NA74593Cooper; Gertrude (1885-1942); known as 'Gertie' or 'Grit'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence1885-1942
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