Document ReferenceLa B 85
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, 12 Colworth Road Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows; 23 Dec. 1910
Date23 December 1910
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'Geliebte'; has passed a non-eventful day; believes that she does not desire to leave Ratcliffe and 'shrink[s] from the thought of Gaddesby'; explains that his temper can be 'damnably serious and melancholic. If I had not a few grains of reason, I should be a maudlin idiot'; wants her help in his exhaustion; describes the 'tipsy' state of 'Pa Jones' [John William Jones] and claims to be able to ascertain the state of inebriation of any man he knows; encourages her to keep her spirits high and not to cry; mentions his plans for his Brighton holiday, explaining the support he will have to offer Ada [Lawrence] although he wants 'comforting' himself; reveals his closeness to Ada.

Wants Louie to enjoy Christmas and to 'forget' him as he thinks that he 'frets' her but promises to be a 'good husband' as he believes that he is 'very faithful' to his own folk; refers to his dreams of his mother [Lydia Lawrence] revealing his bond with her; signed 'D.H.L.'
Termcelebrations, Christmas
holidays, arrangements
food and drink, alcohol
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in pencil on two separate folios of lined white paper, possibly taken from an exercise book; the text following the sequence: ff 1r, 1v, 2r, 2v; the dimensions are 204 x 165 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Related MaterialLa B 243/7/8; 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 70-71
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 211-12

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74605Jones; John William (1868-1956); -; Superintendent School Attendance Officer in Croydon1868-1956
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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