Document ReferenceLa Z 4/8/2
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, 44 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1 [London] to [Lady Cynthia Asquith]; Saturday [17 Nov. 1917].
Date17 November 1917
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionRegrets that she is unable to join them for a meal the next day; invites her to join them for a 'scrap' on Tuesday and gives directions for reaching them by No.18 bus or from Russell Square tube station; draws a sketch of the immediate route; has received a letter from the War Office refusing him permission to return to Cornwall which leaves him 'very mad, but not shaken'; is determined to return; asks how many people she has asked for Tuesday [to see Mozart's 'Seraglio']; enquires about [Robert] Nicholls' health; asks if they could bring along a Miss [Dorothy] Yorke 'American girl - elegant but poor' who lives in the house and whom they like very much.

Mentions having lunched with John Galsworthy the previous day, 'sawdust bore'; feels the possibility of 'some happiness' for all soon - a 'certain jolliness creeping up from the unknown'; urges her not to be late on Tuesday; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'; adds a note that Frieda is making an evening dress.

A reprographic copy of this item was formerly held in the collection, with the reference number La Pc 6/5.
Termtravel, directions, London
war, restrictions on movement, D.H. Lawrence
social occasions, music recitals
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on a folded sheet of unlined paper, text follows the sequence 1r, 2r, 1v, 2v; watermarked with a crown and 'Papyrus Victoria'; dimensions are 177 x 112 mm; one vertical fold in the paper.
Publication NoteGeorge J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982) vol II, pp 182-83

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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
NA75516Nicholls; Robert (1893- 1944); poet1893- 1944
NA74655Galsworthy; John (1867-1933); writer1867-1933
NA75090Yorke; Dorothy (1892-); known as 'Arabella'; partner of Richard Aldington1892-
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA5840Asquith; Cynthia M.E. (1887-1960); Lady; writer; daughter of the 11th Earl of Wemyss; m. Herbert Asquith 19101887-1960
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