MC:P204/1/2C Letters to Lord Alfred Douglas from other relatives
The relatives of Douglas from whom extant letters survive in this collection are his brothers Percy (1868–1920) and Sholto (1972–1942), Percy’s first wife Anna Walters, Sholto’s third wife Lily Pickles (née Edwards), and Douglas’s cousins Pamela and Madeleine Wyndham. Two letters from Percy Douglas to Douglas, dating from 1897, are in the Hyde Collection.
MC:P204/1/2C/1 4 Apr 1892
First sheet only of a letter from Percy Douglas (address, The Grange, Agra Patna) to Douglas, talking about their financial affairs and racing debts, describing his journey to Colombo by sea, and his life in Ceylon.
MC:P204/1/2C/2 22 Sep 1892
Letter (3 sheets) from Percy Douglas (address, at sea, HMS Ophir) to Douglas, written on his way to Australia, reflecting on his unhappy time in Ceylon, partly caused by financial problems.
MC:P204/1/2C/3 31 Oct 1894
Letter from ‘Madeleine’ (address, Clouds, Salisbury) to Douglas, thanking him for a book and pencil. [Madeleine Adeane (née Wyndham) was Pamela Wyndham’s elder sister].
MC:P204/1/2C/4 10 Nov 1894
Letter from Sholto Douglas (address, c/o General Mason, Greenfields, Bakersfield, California, USA) to Douglas, expressing his sorrow at the death of Viscount Drumlanrig.
MC:P204/1/2C/5 n.d. [before Jul 1895]
Letter from Pamela Wyndham (address, Clouds, Salisbury) to Douglas, thanking him for a book, and wishing him a happy new year.
MC:P204/1/2C/6 n.d. [after 1895]
Letter from Sholto Douglas (address, The Livingston Hotel, Hill Street, Los Angeles, California) to Douglas, explaining his marriage, and encouraging him to write plays for the American market [Sholto’s first wife, Loretta Mooney, whom he married in 1895, was an actress].
MC:P204/1/2C/7 n.d. (‘Friday’) [c.1900–17]
Letter from ‘Minnie’ [Anna Marchioness of Queensberry, wife of Percy, 9th Marquess] (address, Warberry Court, Torquay) to ‘Dearest Child’ [presumably Douglas?], asking him to visit her before he goes on an unspecified journey.
MC:P204/1/2C/8 18 Aug 1913
Letter from Sholto Douglas (address, 11 South Place, Kensington Park) to Douglas, making arrangements to meet, and reporting on meeting Raymond.
MC:P204/1/2C/9 16 Mar 1927
Letter probably from Sholto Douglas (address, 29 Rue des Orchides, Monte Carlo) to Douglas, hoping that Douglas will visit him and Lily [his third wife].
[This letter had been torn up into several pieces, presumably by Douglas. It was found in an envelope with MC:P204/1/1C/29 & 40, MC:P204/1/4C/2, MC:P204/1/5C/3, and MC:P204/1/16C/1]
MC:P204/1/2C/10 ‘Friday’ [after 1926]
Letter to Douglas from his ‘sister’ Lily (no address), postponing a lunch meeting due to illness, and expressing general unhappiness [The writer is almost certainly his brother Sholto’s third wife Lily Pickles (née Edwards), whom he married in 1926].
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