Document ReferenceLa B 147
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, 16 Colworth Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows, Coteshael, Cheveney Lane, Quorn, Leicestershire; 16 Oct. 1911
Date16 October 1911
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Lou'; mentions having tea at Ansell's [Walter Ansell, warden of the Actors' Orphanage] at the 'Actor's Home' and visiting Edward Garnett at his cottage 'Cearne' which he describes in detail, together with the Garnett's living arrangements [Edward Garnett, Constance Garnett and David Garnett]; talks about his discussion with Garnett about books and says that Garnett described his work as 'quite extra'; describes the north downs' countryside; mentions that the Ansells gave him a new dog called 'Fritz'; discusses Ford Madox Hueffer's marriage in Germany to Isobel Violet Hunt; plans to visit Violet Hunt in 'South Lodge', and says that Garnett wants him to meet a wider circle of people to enhance his reputation.

Discusses his contract with Heinemann [William Heinemann] for the 'Peacock' [White Peacock], having made arrangements with Heinemann to settle terms; exclaims how busy he has been, having no time for leisure; asks Louie to confirm the date of his visit to Quorn, as he needs to fix his promised weekend visit to Miss Reynolds [Lilian Reynolds]; comments that Quorn 'seems out of the atmosphere of all this' and feels it would be nice if there were not so many folk there; says he must get to work, adding that he 'canna write a love letter' as there are 'too many things in my head' but promises when he comes she shall have the love; recalls having a dream about her; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.

Includes a plain white envelope (La B 147/2), addressed to Miss Louie Burrows at Coteshael, Cheveney Lane, Quorn, Leicestershire; bears a red one penny embossed postage stamp, postmarked in Croydon, Surrey at 11.15 pm on Oct [16] 1911; postmarked on the verso in Loughborough at 6 am on 17 Oct 1911.
Termpublications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'White Peacock'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of two flimsy folios of lined white paper; the text following the sequence: ff 1r, 1v, 2r, 2v; the dimensions are 251 x 203 mm; three horizontal and one vertical fold in both sheets.
Related MaterialLa B 243/18/3; 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 141-43
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 314-16

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74653Garnett; Constance (1861-1946); née Black; married Edward Garnett 18891861-1946
NA4954Garnett; David (1892-1981); writer1892-1981
NA74648Garnett; Edward (1868-1937); writer1868-1937
NA74637Reynolds; Lilian (1877-1954); teacher at Croydon1877-1954
NA5407Hunt; Isobel Violet (1866-1942); novelist and biographer1866-1942
NA3526Hueffer; Ford Madox (1873-1939); later Ford Madox Ford; writer founder of English Review 19081873-1939
NA74627Heinemann; William (1863-1920); English publisher1863-1920
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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