MC:P204/1/4C Letters to Lord Alfred Douglas from his son Raymond Douglas
Raymond Douglas, Douglas’s only son, was born in 1902. His relationship with his father was complicated by a bitter custody battle in 1913/14 between Douglas and his father-in-law Col. Custance, which Douglas eventually lost. In 1925, father and son became reconciled, but relations were then soured by a dispute over Raymond’s choice of wife. Finally, in 1927, Raymond Douglas had a mental breakdown and spent almost the whole of the rest of his life in hospitals until his death in 1964 (further details may be found in Hyde and Murray).
MC:P204/1/4C/1 18 Nov 1913
Postcard from Raymond Douglas (address, Ampleforth Abbey, Oswaldkirk, York) to Douglas, thanking him for some money.
Fragment of a letter apparently from Raymond Douglas to Douglas.
[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:P204/1/2C/9, MC:P204/1/5C/3, and MC:P204/1/16C/1]
MC:P204/1/4C/3 21 Apr 1925
Letter (2 sheets) from Raymond Douglas (address, 16 Tite Street, Chelsea) to Douglas, asking for a reconciliation with his father.
MC:P204/1/4C/4 24 Jun 1925
First and third sheets only of a letter from Raymond Douglas (address, Weston, Norwich) to Douglas, asking about a fishing trip, and expressing pleasure at an account of a recent visit made by Douglas to his wife.
MC:P204/1/4C/5 1 Sep 1925
Letter from Raymond Douglas (address, Weston, Norwich) to Douglas, reporting on the poor health of his grandfather, Colonel Custance.
MC:P204/1/4C/6 22 Apr 1926
Letter (3 sheets) from Raymond Douglas (address, Guards Club, Brook Street) to Douglas, expressing anger at the alleged lies spread about Miss Lacey by Harry de Windt, and at Douglas’s opposition to his planned marriage.
MC:P204/1/4C/7 23 Apr 1926
Letter (6 sheets) from Raymond Douglas (address, Guards Club, Brook Street) to Douglas, on the same subjects as 4C/6 but expressed rather more forcefully.
MC:P204/1/4C/8 10 Jan [or May?] 1926
Letter (3 sheets) from Raymond Douglas (address, Weston Hall, Norwich) to Douglas, concerning his father’s enquiries about Gladys Lacey, whom Raymond planned to marry, and expressing his great anger at Douglas’s attempts to break the engagement. It seems that Harry de Windt was brought in to intervene. The letter appears to be dated ‘10.1.26′, but Douglas noted on it that he thought it was written on or about 12 May 1926.
Return here to the introduction to this section of the catalogue.