Document ReferenceLa Ref 88
TitlePhotocopy of autograph letter from D.H. Lawrence, Palazzo Ferraro, Capri to Sallie and William [Hopkin]; 9 Jan. 1920.
Date9 January 1920
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionBegins long and discursive letter to Sallie and Willie [Hopkin] by acknowledging receipt of letters and a hanky from Florence, which has finally reached them after their journey south to Rome and then to the wilds of the Apennines; comments on Frieda's return from Baden-Baden, the shortages of all essentials there and strongly criticises the French and the Allies' trials of German war-leaders; briefly gives his impression of Florence and of Rome and follows this with a longer vivid description of the isolated village of Picinisco; graphically describes their long and uncomfortable boat journey over to Capri; describes their flat, its location, the island itself and its many 'cosmopolitan dwellers', naming Compton Mackenzie, 'a good sort', Mary Cannan and the novelist Brett Young.

Comments on the cost of living and the climate; promises to send some good olive oil; refers to library books that Ada [Clarke, his sister] has not yet returned; urges them to come and see them and suggests Thomas Cook could make all arrangements.

The letter bears the reference number DD 670/1/32 on f 2.
Termgifts, hankies
war, attitudes towards
climate, Italy
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Andrew Robertson, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984) vol III, pp 450-2
Aldous Huxley, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (London: Heinemann, 1932) pp 492-4

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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
NA3449Mackenzie; Compton (1883-1972); Sir; Edward Montague; novelist1883-1972
NA400Cannan; Mary (1867-1950); née Ansell; married Gilbert Cannan 1910 former wife of Sir J.M. Barrie1867-1950
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA3491Hopkin; Sallie A. (-1923); née Potter; wife of W.E. Hopkin-1923
NA3492Hopkin; William Edward (1862-1951); prominent figure in the political and intellectual life of Eastwood1862-1951
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