Document ReferenceLa Z 4/3/22
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, Florence, to 'Pamela' [Emily King]; Tuesday n.d. [25 Jan. 1927].
Date25 January 1927
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Pamela'; expresses concern about Gertie's [Cooper] operation; asks after Sarah Ann's [Wrath, née King] health; he has been 'pretty well' so far and remarks on the day's lovely, brilliant sun; has no news but reports on Brewster's [Achsah Barlow] recent visit and his unsuccessful trip to India 'chasing Buddha'; wonders about the need for 'those old heroes nowadays...It's all part of the past, and isn't really vital today'; urges her to send two pounds of good China tea even if it is rather dear; gives detailed instructions on how to send it to safeguard its arrival.

Is getting proofs of a 'little book of Red Indian and Mexican essays' with photograph illustrations which should come out in the Spring; will not be coming to London till end of March in time for [production of] 'David' in April [performed by the Stage Society, 22-23 May 1927]; is tempted by an invitation from Frieda's sister to spend the summer in Bavaria; the 'Taos people' want them to go to the ranch; has just completed his landscape of 'red willow trees and men bathing'; likes it best now and declares 'it is fun to paint'; has been asked by Cynthia Asquith to do a murder book; remarks 'Bad to worse! I don't feel very murderous, either'; sends wishes to her family; signed 'D.H.L.'

Includes a plain envelope (La Z 4/3/22/2), addressed to Mrs S. King, 16 Brooklands Rd, Sneinton Hill, Nottingham, Inghilterra; bears a blue 1.25 Lire stamp, postmarked twice Scandicci 26.1.27; the envelope has been numbered '12' in pencil on the verso; the envelopes for La Z 4/3/1-70 (letters from D.H. Lawrence to Emily King) were previously separated from the letters themselves and given an individual pencil number, as far as possible these envelopes have now been matched up with their corresponding letters and sub-numbered according to the letter which they originally contained.

Date: letter has been annotated '18 Jan. 1927?', in pencil in an unknown hand, the envelope is postmarked 26 January 1927; Boulton, 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence', vol. 5, p. 635 dates the letter 25 January 1927.

A reprographic copy of this item was formerly held in the collection, with the reference number La Pc 5/6.
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of unlined paper; watermarked with the bottom of a coat of arms and the fragment of text 'ort paper'; dimensions are 264 x 177 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol V, pp 635-36

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA4961Brewster; Achsah Barlow (1878-1945)1878-1945
NA5840Asquith; Cynthia M.E. (1887-1960); Lady; writer; daughter of the 11th Earl of Wemyss; m. Herbert Asquith 19101887-1960
NA74593Cooper; Gertrude (1885-1942); known as 'Gertie' or 'Grit'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence1885-1942
NA75480Wrath; Sarah Ann (1882-1972); -; née King; Emily King's sister-in-law1882-1972
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA382King; Emily Una (1882-1962); Mrs; née Lawrence; known as 'Pamela'; married Samuel King 1904; sister of D.H. Lawrence1882-1962
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