Lot 295: Du Maurier, Daphne

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Lot 295: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Five Pages, 8Vo, Menabilly, Par, Cornwall, 21St April 1961, To 'My Dear' (Foy Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier States That She Has Just Returned From A Trip To France With Her Son, Kits, And Found Her Correspondent'S Letter With Its Enclosure From Mr. Rogers, Commenting 'What A Good Thing You Sent The Chapter To Him, But I Think His Points Are Quite Easy To Deal With, And It Will Not Necessitate A Whole Re-Writing Of The Chapter. I Must Have It Assizes, As I Did Originally, And Make It October - We Knew Well That There Might Be A Flooding Then On The Town Quay, As The October Tides Can Be High Also, With A Strong Wind. The Only Thing Is, To Find Out At What Date The Assizes Would Have Been In The 1860'S - Are They Not Always The First Week Of October? And Surely Would Have Been Then Also? (In The 60'S). As To The €Œbinding Over To Keep The Peace‌, If Amyot Is Acquitted Of Manslaughter At The Assizes, Presumably The Assize Judge Would Have Given Him The Same Word Of Warning, If Not Actually €Œbound Over‌. So - To Sum Up - A. I Can Cut Line About Magistrates Putting Questions At Preliminary Hearing. B. At The Preliminary Hearing The Magistrates Found A Prima Facie Case, And Committed Accused To Assizes. C. Amyot Tried At Bodmin Assizes For Manslaughter And Acquitted. D. Some Word Of Warning Given To Amyot Or Not? E. I Will Note The Misprints. If These Changes Are Made, I Presume The Chapter Will Be All Right. If You Could Have Asked Mr Rogers These Questions, I Can Then Go Ahead And Make Necessary Alterations, When I Start On The General Cutting Of The Book For Mr Bozman, Which I Hope To Get Down To Next Week' Further Remarking 'If It Fusses You To Act As €Œgo-Between‌ And You Would Prefer Me To Write To Mr Rogers Myself Let Me Know By Telephone….' She Continues To Send News Of A Social Nature Regarding Her Family, 'The Easter Weekend Went Off All Right, Thank Goodness. Guradsman (Her Husband, Frederick Browning) Cheered Up, And The Palace Man Watched Television Boat-Race, Then Racing, All The Time, And Enjoyed His Meals. Kits, With Great Tact, Was Out To All Meals, And Brought The Royal Friend Home To Sleep, And The Honky One Was Put Up At The Riverside Hotel And His Bill Paid By Kits! Kits Showed His Film To The €Œgallants‌ Which Consisted Of Rather A Mixed Audience, But Mrs Hancock….Was So Thrilled That Kits Kissed Her And Recognised….That The Bewildering Theme Of His Film (Drug Addicts Being Chased By Detectives) Passed Her By - Or So I Imagine - Nor Did A Flustered Mrs Gullick Walk Out Her Young Daughter In The Supposed Scene In A Night-Club (In Reality The Ground Floor Of A Respectable Restaurant Off Sloane St. Hired For The Occasion, And Filled With Kits'S Ex-School Friends Parading As Gangsters!) The G'Sman, Self, And Palace Friend Had A Private Showing The Night Before….' Du Maurier Concludes Her Letter By Recounting An Amusing Anecdote, 'Oh - My Dear - Before I Forget It. I Made Such A Fearful Faux-Pas To Mr Spencer C.B. He Arrived, And I Met Him On The Door-Step, And I Thought A Fly Had Blown On To His Nose And Had Become Stuck - And I Said €Œspencer, Don'T Mind My Telling You, But A Fly Must Have Blown On To Your Nose, Through The Window Of The Car‌. There Was A Silence, Then He Said €Œits Not A Fly. I'Ve Lately Had A Small Operation. The Surgeon Removed A Spot, And This Is The Result…..€Œ I Didn'T Know Where To Put Myself. I Could Hardly Eat My Tea. How Could I Have Come To Make Such A Mistake?'. About Ex Foy Quiller-Couch - Daughter Of British Writer Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), And A Life-Long Friend Of Du Maurier. Indeed, Du Maurier Was Accompanied By Foy Quiller-Couch When She Became Inspired With The Storyline For Her Novel Jamaica Inn. In 1930, Apparently Around The Time Of The Present Letter, The Two Ladies Were Staying At Jamaica Inn And Went Riding On Bodmin Moor. They Became Lost In Bad Weather Conditions And Apparently Sheltered For Some Time In A Derelict Cottage On The Moor But Were Eventually Led Back To Jamaica Inn By Their Horses. The Work Which Du Maurier Refers To In The Present Letter Is Castle Dor, A Historical Novel Based Around The Legend Of Tristan And Iseult, But Set In 19Th Century Cornwall. The Main Characters Are A Breton Onion Seller, Amyot Trestane, And The Newly Wed Linnet Lewarne. Published In 1961, Du Maurier Completed The Unfinished Manuscript Of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch'S Last Novel. Quiller-Couch'S Daughter, Foy, Had Given Her Blessing For Du Maurier To Complete The Work.] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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