Document ReferenceLa Z 4/3/49/1-2
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Hotel Beau Rivage, Bandol, Var to 'Pamela' [ Emily King]; 19 Dec. 1928
Date19 December 1928
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Pamela'; has received her letter and is glad everything goes well although it will be an anxious moment when Sam[uel King] takes stock; has ordered her a copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' for Christmas but advises her not to read it as she will find it 'rather heavy'; adds that she should not let 'Peg' [Margaret, Emily's daughter] read it and should keep it uncut as 'its value is then higher'; encloses £2 for 'Peg' and Joan; they are to stay in Bandol for Christmas and Elsa Weekley may come with her 'Teddy' [Bernal Edward de Martelly Seaman] and 'Barby' [Barbara Weekley]; 'Barby' has been ill and Elsa wants to marry 'Teddy' in March or April; describes her as 'not wildly keen ... like the moderns'.

It is hot in the sun and 'sharp cold' in the shade which gets his 'bronchials'; they have a young Welsh writer, Rhys Davies, staying who is 'quiet and not tiring'; his grandfather was a Welsh miner and his father has a shop; he brought them a plum cake from Nice so they are already a 'bit Christmassy'; adds that Nice is getting full of English people and that it is amazing how much money the English have; hopes they are all well and comments on the illness of the King [George V] as 'depressing'; sends love and wishes them a 'jolly' Christmas; signed 'D.H.L.'

Includes a plain envelope (La Z 4/3/49/2), addressed to Mrs S. King, 16 Brooklands Rd, Sneinton Hill, Nottingham, Angleterre ; bears a blue 1f50 stamp, postmarked 'Bandol, Var'; the envelope has been numbered '18' 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.
Termhealth, George V King of Great Britain and Ireland
celebrations, Christmas
publications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of unlined blue paper; watermarked; dimensions are 210 x 130 mm; one horizontal fold in the paper.
Publication NoteK. Sagar and James T. Boulton, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993) vol VII, pp 69-70

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74672King; Samuel Taylor (1880-1965); married Emily Lawrence 19041880-1965
NA5203Needham; Margaret Emily (1909-2001); née King; known as 'Peg'; niece of D.H. Lawrence1909-2001
NA75072King; Joan Frieda (1920-); niece of D.H. Lawrence1920-
NA20George V (1865-1936); King of Great Britain and Ireland; succeeded 1910 Emperor of India1865-1936
NA74698Davies; Rhys (1901-1978); Welsh writer1901-1978
NA3378Seaman; Elsa (1902-1985); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1902-1985
NA3377Barr; Barbara (1904-1998); née Weekley; daughter of Frieda and Ernest Weekley1904-1998
NA74915Seaman; Bernal Edward de Martelly (1900-1990); known as 'Teddy; married Elsa Weekley 19291900-1990
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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