MC:P204/1/15C Letters to Lord Alfred Douglas from various correspondents, 1940s
The Hyde Collection includes other letters to Douglas from various correspondents written at all periods of his life.
MC:P204/1/15C/1 15 Jul 1943
Letter (typed with signature) from Marjorie Fleck (address, Devon House, 21 Norton Road, Hove) to Douglas, thanking him for a cheque, and arranging for the re-typing of his lecture.
MC:P204/1/15C/2 2 Aug (no year given) [1943?]
Letter (typed, with signature) from Adi K. Sett (address, Pedder Road, Cumballa Hill, Bombay, India) to Douglas, saying how much he has enjoyed reading Douglas’s autobiography, and expressing his appreciation of Douglas’s poetry [a letter of 26 Feb 1944 from Douglas to Mrs. Sherard, held at Reading University, alludes to letters from a ‘Young Indian’, who is presumably this man.]
MC:P204/1/15C/3 22 Nov 1943
Postcard (typed with signature) from the editor of the New Catholic Herald declaring that he will comment on Douglas’s new booklet as he sees fit, and wondering what posterity will make of T. S. Eliot.
MC:P204/1/15C/4 25 Jul 1944
Letter from H. W. Harding (address, Ward D1, West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth) to Douglas, expressing gladness at Douglas’s recovered health.
MC:P204/1/15C/5 16 Sep 1944
Long typescript letter (12 sheets) from Douglas Stewart (address, 11 Charlotte Street, Perth) to Douglas, discussing Douglas’s lecture “The Principles of Poetry”, and enclosing the typescript of some poems of his own. The whole was presented to Douglas in a binder.
MC:P204/1/15C/6 17 Sep 1944
Letter from Arthur H. Carnegy Capel (address, Ackworth Grange, East Hardwick, Yorks) to Douglas, noting Douglas’s letter to the Sunday Express, explaining that his father was with Douglas at Winchester, and inviting him to visit.
MC:P204/1/15C/7 17 Sep 1944
Letter from Frederick Brittain (address, Jesus College, Cambridge), to Douglas, concerning some letters of ‘Q’ [Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, who had a Fellowship at Jesus, and who had died in May 1944], and asking whether ‘Q’ wrote his article on prohibition for Plain English.
MC:P204/1/15C/8 17 Sep 1944
Letter (written in pencil) from Edward Bautidy [?] (address, 14 Flat, 2 Norfolk Terrace, Brighton) to Douglas, applauding Douglas’s letter to the Sunday Express [this letter was published on 17 Sep 1944; a cutting of it is at MC:P204/1/2N/110].
MC:P204/1/15C/9 20 Sep 1944
Letter from A. W. Goodall (address, District Bank House, Boscombe Road, Blackpool) to Douglas, congratulating him on his letter to the Sunday Express.
MC:P204/1/15C/10 22 Sep 1944
Copy (typed) of a letter sent by P. Levy (address, 25 Melville Street, Torquay) to the Editor of the Sunday Express, protesting at the paper’s comments on the Pope, with an MS note at the bottom addressed to Douglas, enclosing the letter.
MC:P204/1/15C/11 22 Sep 1944
Letter from Arthur H. Carnegy Capel (address, Ackworth Grange, East Hardwick, Yorks) to Douglas, giving details of his father’s later years.
MC:P204/1/15C/12 22 Sep 1944
First sheet of an incomplete letter from an unknown addressee (address, 2602907 Symn Main D, PO Box 25, Forfar, Angus) to Douglas, expressing approval for Douglas’s letter to the Sunday Express.
MC:P204/1/15C/13 24 Sep 1944
Letter (2 sheets) from Mary Morton House (address, St. Andrew’s Steyning, Sussex) to Douglas, passing on family news, expressing approval for Douglas’s letter to the Sunday Express, and reflecting on her own conversion to Roman Catholicism.
MC:P204/1/15C/14 24 Sep 1944
Letter (typed with signature) from Capt. Reginald de Glossop (address, ‘Ypres’, Queen Street, Penzance) to Douglas, on his difficulties in getting a book of his published due to current paper shortages.
MC:P204/1/15C/15 25 Sep 1944
Letter (typed, with signature) from C. S. Green (address, 59 Forest Green, Harrogate) to Douglas, enclosing a typed copy of his letter of 20 September to the Sunday Express, written in support of Douglas, and reflecting on the affair in his enclosing letter.
MC:P204/1/15C/16 26 Sep 1944
Letter from Ellen P. McCabe (address, Killovada, 30 Johnstone Drive, Rutherglen) to Douglas, concerning his letter to the Sunday Express, expressing her support for him.
MC:P204/1/15C/17 27 Sep 1944
Letter (2 sheets, typed, with signature) from Douglas Stewart (address, 11 Charlotte Street, Perth) to Douglas, approving of Douglas’s stand on the Poles, and discussing poetry (both his own and Douglas’s).
MC:P204/1/15C/18 postmark 9 Oct 1944
Postcard (written in French) from Guillot de Saix (address, 37 Bld Beaumarchais, Paris) to Douglas, asking after his health, because they had not been in touch since 1940.
MC:P204/1/15C/19 5 Nov 1944
Letter (2 sheets) from ‘Norma’ [Reeves] (address, 132 Gillott Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham) to Douglas, thanking him for a gift of books, and commenting on her own efforts at writing poetry. The writer seems to be teaching at King Edward’s School.
MC:P204/1/15C/20 13 Nov 1944
Letter from Eva Dobell (address, Cooper’s Hill House, Brockworth, Glos.) to Douglas, enclosing copies of a collection of poems by James Blyth.
MC:P204/1/15C/21 14 Nov 1944
Letter (typed with signature) from G. H. R. Barton (address, 19 Grosvenor Place, London) to Douglas, thanking him for sending a copy of his lecture, and asking after his health.
MC:P204/1/15C/22 17 Nov 1944
Letter (typed, with signature) from Waldron Smithers, Chairman of the Fighting Fund for Freedom (address, 1 Dover Street, London) to Douglas, thanking him for a donation to the Fund, and enclosing a receipt for £2.
MC:P204/1/15C/23 19 Nov 1944
Letter from Poppoea Vanda (address, 6 Tansa Road, Hampstead) to Douglas, asking after his health, and commenting on the V-2 rockets. [Poppoea Vanda, a ballet agent, came to know Douglas through their mutual friend Lord Tredegar (Hyde, 330). She and Douglas began to correspond in 1942. See MC:P204/1/1MS/13 for a ballet scenario created by Douglas for her.]
MC:P204/1/15C/24 19 Nov 1944
Letter from ‘Stanley’ (address, 428 (3rd[?]) H. A. A. Bty RA, Tillingham Hall, Tillingham, Essex) to Douglas, thanking Douglas for his letter, asking after his health, and expressing his appreciation for the friendship which Douglas has shown him.
MC:P204/1/15C/25 20 Nov 1944
Letter from Hugh McGoverne (address, Greenacres, Copyhold Lane, Cuckfield) to Douglas, expressing concern about Douglas’s health, and offering advice on remedies to take.
MC:P204/1/15C/26 20 Nov 1944
First page only of a letter from an unnamed writer (address, Nyewood House, Rogate, nr. Petersfield, Hants.) to Douglas, reporting that he is now back at the Webber-Douglas School, and asking after his health, and commenting on his poems.
MC:P204/1/15C/27 22 Nov 1944
Letter (typed with signature) from Collin S. Brooks (address, “Truth” Buildings, Carteret Street, Queen Anne’s Gate, London) to Douglas, concerning a letter by Douglas on General Franco, and expressing appreciation of Douglas’s preface to Marie Stopes’ poems.
MC:P204/1/15C/28 26 Nov 1944
First two sheets of an incomplete letter (from Norma Reeves, since the address is 132 Gillott Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham) to Douglas, asking after his health, and discussing a lecture which she had recently heard on modern poetry, given by a Mr. Billingham, with which she was not very impressed.
MC:P204/1/15C/29 28 Nov 1944
Letter (2 sheets, of which the bottom halves of each have been torn away) from Hugh McGovern (address, Greenacres, Copyhold Lane, Cuckfield, Sussex) to Douglas, expressing his pleasure at meeting him, and his enthusiasm for the work of Wilde and Douglas, and attaching a poem of his own.
MC:P204/1/15C/30 St. Andrews Day [30 Nov] 1944
Letter (2 sheets) from Philip Mallender (address, 7356489 R. S. M. Mallender P.O., 21st British General Hospital R.A.M.C., Dinapore Cantt, India Command) to Douglas. Mallender had been converted to Catholicism, and writes to Douglas congratulating him on his letter to the Sunday Express, and asking to correspond with him.
MC:P204/1/15C/31 16 Dec 1944
Letter from Lt.-Col. P. R. Butler (address, Nine Mile House, Nether Wallop, Hants.) to Douglas, expressing support for a letter from Douglas published in Truth.
MC:P204/1/15C/32 5 Jan 1945
Letter (2 sheets) from Dick Arnold Jones (address, Brambletye, Buckfast, Devon) to Douglas, expressing concern about Douglas’s health, and passing on news of Adrian Earle.
MC:P204/1/15C/33 6 Jan 1945
Letter from ‘P.L.O.’ (address, c/o Miss Shawel, 4 Bridge Street, Kilburn) to Douglas, passing on news of his health [This could be Percy Lancelot Osborn, a Magdalen contemporary of Douglas].
MC:P204/1/15C/34 14 Jan 1945
Letter from Rev. A. Gillespie (address, Parochial House, Omagh, Co. Tyrone) to Douglas, asking after his health, and expressing admiration for Douglas’s stand on Poland.
MC:P204/1/15C/35 24 Jan 1945
Letter (4 sheets) from a woman possibly called Elsa (address not given) to Douglas. The writer seems to have suffered from mental illness; she has also has sent Douglas proofs of some work, and given him an account of her sufferings.
MC:P204/1/15C/36 31 Jan 1945
Postcard from Sister Marie Eveline (address, Notre Dame de Sion, Worthing) to Douglas, passing on the best wishes and prayers of the sisters in her convent to him.
MC:P204/1/15C/37 11 Feb 1945
Letter from H. J. C. Marshall (address, Royal Literary Fund, Stationers Hall, Stationers’ Hall Court, London) to Douglas, asking him to send a copy of his book on Shakespeare’s sonnets in order to be eligible for a grant from the Fund.
MC:P204/1/15C/38 16 Feb 1945
Letter from Poppoea Vanda (address, 6 Yanza Road, Hampstead, London) to Douglas, sending Douglas her best wishes, and expressing anger at his treatment by his wife’s solicitors.
MC:P204/1/15C/39 17 Feb 1945
Letter from an illegible writer (address, Franciscan Friary, Crawley, Sussex) to Douglas, thanking him for a gift to the Friary.
MC:P204/1/15C/40 20 Feb 1945
Letter (typed with signature) from Dr. Paul Scheyer (address, the University of Florida, PO Box 2081, Gainesville, Florida, USA) to Douglas, asking whose permission he should seek to write a film script on the life of Oscar Wilde.
MC:P204/1/15C/41 26 Feb 1945
Letter (typed, with signature) from Gilbert O’Neill (address, Bute House, 9 Gwendolen Avenue, Putney) to Douglas, thanking him for a letter, and sending his good wishes.
MC:P204/1/15C/42 n.d. [Feb 1945—see below]
Letter (typed with signature) from Fr. Wulstan E. Tobbins (address, Roman Catholic Chaplaincy, H.M.S. Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants.) to Douglas, asking for a contribution towards the expenses of the Fleet Air Arm’s Catholic Church.
MC:P204/1/15C/43 28 Feb 1945
Letter (2 sheets, typed with signature) from Fr. Wulstan E. Tobbins (address, Roman Catholic Chaplaincy, H.M.S. Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants.) to Douglas, thanking him for a donation, and asking after his health.
MC:P204/1/15C/44 10 Mar 1945
Letter (2 sheets) from Donald Sinden (address, Theatre Royal, Leicester), to Douglas, asking after Douglas’s health, requesting a signed photograph, and describing the activities of his theatrical company.
MC:P204/1/15C/45 19 Mar 1945
Letter from Robert Fordy [?] Aickman (address, 11 Gower Street, London) to Douglas, enclosing an article of his in The Nineteenth Century and After, and discussing literary matters.
MC:P204/1/15C/46 postmarked 23 March 1945
Envelope (now empty) addressed to Raymond Douglas, Douglas’s son, at 1 St. Ann’s Court, Nizells Avenue, Hove.
MC:P204/1/15C/47 16 Jul 1945
Letter (typed with signature) from C. Marshall Spink (address, Redcot, 86 Coombe Road, Croydon) to Douglas, asking whether he owns a portrait of Napoleon by David.
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