Document ReferenceLa B 108
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Davidson Road Boys School, South Norwood S.E., Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows; 4 May 1911
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Lou'; he has just realised it is May and is amazed how time and the seasons have passed him unnoticed this year; advises the best way to relieve impatience is to 'drug oneself with work and unhopefulness'; describes the beautiful day; tells her how many cigarettes he has smoked recently but she is not to worry; has completed ninety pages of 'Paul Morel' seven of which are 'amusing', twenty are 'pleasant' and the rest are 'navrant'; is going to have tea in Purley and is pleased to hear that her scare in Gaddesby is settled; hopes to stay for a time with her during the holidays 'unless it were too shocking'; until then he will work; states he cannot be blamed for irreligiousness - he admires the Jesuits; final loving salutation in French; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.

Adds a postscript saying he is writing to Hilda Shaw; signed 'D.H.L.'
Termpublications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Sons and Lovers'
literature, prose, D.H. Lawrence 'Paul Morel'
religion, attitudes towards
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of Croydon Education Committee plain white paper; the dimensions are 207 x 168 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Related MaterialLa B 243/12/2; typed transcript of this letter made by Louie Burrows.
Related RecordLa/B/224-244/243
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1968) pp 102-3
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 264-65

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74609Shaw; Hilda (1886-c.1913); student at University College Nottingham 1906-19081886-c.1913
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA366Burrows; Louisa (1888-1962); known as 'Louie'; married Frederick Heath 19411888-1962
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