Document ReferenceLa B 96
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, 12 Colworth Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows; 1 Apr. 1911
Date1 April 1911
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Lou'; has been to production of 'Cavalleria Rusticana' [by Pietro Mascagni, 1863-1945, Italian composer] and 'Pagliacci' [by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, 1858-1919, Italian composer] by an Italian Opera Company in Croydon; admires their natural performance and compares Italian opera in general with 'our old charades'; displays a contempt for Wagner [Richard Wagner, 1813-1883, German composer] and Debussy [Claude Achille Debussy, 1862-1918, French composer]; believes he is 'as emotional and impulsive' as the Italians: 'It's the damned climate and upbringing...that make me cold-headed as mathematics.'

Has transcribed the 'Legend' story, which is 'jolly good'; will let her have the proofs if Austin Harrison [of 'English Review'] accepts it; promises to send the ['Odour of] Chrysanthemums' for her to make a copy.

Tells her of his sister's [Ada Lawrence] misery: 'She's dipped into disbelief'; believes she must be left to work through her sorrows and 'find in the emptiness a new presence'; promises Louie he will never disturb any of her faiths; describes an arrangement of flowers that he has and mentions the violets she had sent; hopes to take a trip into the countryside; has no verses for her, and reports that 'The Egyptians have lost interest for me'; mentions their forthcoming meeting at Loughborough; has been playing with the Jones' children [Hilda Mary Jones and Winifred Jones].

Recalls motto often cited by his mother: 'Blessed is he that expecteth little, for he shall not be disappointed'; has more understanding of it now; refers to their differences and hopes that in the end 'our separate lanes will debouch to an amiable, grassy camping ground'; admits that he is 'a wicked tease'; signed 'D.H.L.'

Postscript in top left corner of f 1r reports expected marriage of Agnes Holt in August, and his hope they will visit her in Ramsey; mentions his sympathy for Holt and her poor health.
Termmusic, Italian opera, Pietro Mascagni 'Cavallera Rusticana'
music, Italian opera, Ruggiero Leoncavallo 'Pagliacci'
music, Wagner
music, Debussey
publications, short stories, D.H. Lawrence 'Legend'
publications, short stories, D.H. Lawrence 'Odour of Chrysanthemums'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on a folded sheet of plain white paper, the text following the sequence: ff 1r, 2r, 1v, 2v; the dimensions are 230 x 175 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Related MaterialLa B 243/10/1; typed transcript of this letter made by Louie Burrows.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1968) pp 88-90
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 247-249

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74628Harrison; Austin (1873-1928); editor the English Review1873-1928
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
NA74604Jones; Hilda Mary (1908-); -; daughter of John and Marie Jones1908-
NA74607Jones; Winifred (1903-); -; daughter of John and Marie Jones1903-
NA74638Holt; Agnes (1883-1971); teacher at Croydon; married Walter Blanchard1883-1971
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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