Lot 305: Monsarrat, Nicholas

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Lot 305: Monsarrat Nicholas: (1910-1979) British Novelist Of The Cruel Sea (1951). T.L.S., Nicholas Monsarrat, One Page, Small 4To, Johannesburg, 6Th December 1951, To Miss. M. Damsell, On The Printed Stationery Of The United Kingdom Information Office. Monsarrat Thanks His Correspondent For Her Letter, After Such A Long Time, And Comments 'It Was Very Kind Of You To Write To Me About The Book, And I Still Remember You Giving Me My First Instruction On The Use Of A Typewriter, At The Age Of Approximately 4', Also Referring To His Father. Together With A Second T.L.S., Nicholas Monsarrat, One Page, 4To, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 26Th May 1968, Also To Miss. Damsell. Monsarrat Announces 'Please Forgive The Typewriter (You See, I Have One Of My Own Now!) But I Have An Infected Hand Which Precludes Writing' And Continues To Thank Her For Her Kind Letter About His Father, Commenting 'I Was Away In Kashmir When He Died, And Did Not Hear About It Till A Week Later; But I Was Lucky Enough To See Him A Couple Of Days Before I Left. He Died In His Sleep, And Since, At The Age Of 96, He Had Become Very Old And Feeble, That Was A Wonderful Way For Him To Go. I Know He Always Remembered You With Great Affection -- Indeed, We All Did. The Consulting Room Was A Very Good Port-Of-Call In The Old Days Of Ravenous Hunger And Empty Pockets!' Some Light Age Wear And Minor Staining And Other Small Faults To Both Letters, G To About Vg, 2] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £80-100
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