Document ReferenceLa H 20
TitleTypescript copy of letter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Igea, Villa di Gargnano (Brescia) Lago di Garda to May Holbrook; 2 Jan. 1913
Date2 January 1913
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHas not written because he 'got sick of telling half a lie'; informs her he that he is at the Villa Igea with Frieda with whom he has been living for a long time; thinks Professor Weekley is beginning divorce proceedings; hopes they will marry in a few months and plans to visit England in April; asks her not to mention this to anyone adding 'why should folk wipe their dirty mouths on me'; states that Jessie [Chambers] has known all along; assures her he wanted to tell her but couldn't and asks that she should 'now be nice with me about it'.

Thinks it 'so plucky' of her to go to Australia and comments that shifting about breaks down a lot of barriers, although real living comes from inside; however, admits that the stress of his own life would have been much harder were it not for the lake [Garda] and its beautiful scenery; breaks off for his Italian lesson; resumes by telling her of a friend of the 'Garnetts' [Edward and Constance Garnett, David Garnett] Harold Hobson, who has just left after a three week visit and describes his mixed feelings at seeing him leave; tells her about their big flat and wishes they had her cottage as well; finds the 'big rooms and miles of corridor...a bit disheartening'; asks for news of everyone and 'Arno' [Arno Vale Farm, Mapperley, the Chambers home after Haggs Farm]; describes their quiet Christmas 'scarcely a feast here at all'.

Tells her he has one or two more cheap books if she would like them; asks her to get Will [Willie Holbrook] to write - a 'real man's letter of sympathy' which will give him joy; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.
Termpersonal relationships, D.H. Lawrence and Frieda Lawrence
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionPhotocopy of typewritten text on one side of two sheets of unlined white paper; dimensions are 280 x 215 mm; 'Copy' is typed at top of sheet 1; name of addressee is handwritten; also signature is altered in hand from S. to D (H. Lawrence)
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 499-500

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA367Chambers; Jessie (1887-1944); childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence; known as 'Muriel'; married John R. Wood 19151887-1944
NA74653Garnett; Constance (1861-1946); née Black; married Edward Garnett 18891861-1946
NA74648Garnett; Edward (1868-1937); writer1868-1937
NA4954Garnett; David (1892-1981); writer1892-1981
NA74673Hobson; Harold (1891-1974); friend of David Garnett1891-1974
NA74674Holbrook; William (1884-); married Muriel May Chambers 1906; general stoneworker1884-
NA385Weekley; Ernest (1865-1954); Professor; professor of modern languages at The University of Nottingham1865-1954
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA377Holbrook; Muriel May (1883-1955); Mrs; née Chambers1883-1955
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