Document ReferenceLa B 79
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Davidson Road Boys [School], South Norwood, Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows; 14 Dec. 1910
Date14 December 1910
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionReports that he feels 'wretched' and has returned to work; has decided not to read or write until January and plans to comfort himself by painting instead; enquires whether she intends to holiday with him in Brighton; wants to find a school in the country and jokes about replacing her at 'Gadsby' and taking her as his assistant; recalls taking her wreath with Ada [Lawrence] down to the cemetery; has done no translation today; is constantly reminded of his mother [Lydia Lawrence] and comments that life sometimes 'ceases to carry us forward' and 'we have to struggle like water-beetles stranded and toiling in mud'; asks her to ignore his 'effulgence'; is conscious of her absence and wishes that he may 'light himself' at her 'abundant life'; believes that it would be better if he did not write at present; asks whether she approves of his translations; signed 'D.H.L.'

There are two geometric drawings in pencil at the top of the verso, above the written text.
Termholidays, arrangements
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of lined white paper, probably taken out of an exercise book; the dimensions are 204 x 164 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper; right edge of the recto is jagged.
Related MaterialLa B 243/7/2; typed transcript of this letter by Louie Burrows
Related RecordLa/B/224-244/243
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1968) pp 60-61
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 201-2

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA386Lawrence; Lydia (1852-1910); Mrs; née Beardsall; mother of D.H. Lawrence1852-1910
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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