Lot 456: Du Maurier Daphne


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Lot 456: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. A Lengthy, Early A.L.S., Daphne, Eight Pages, 8Vo, The Nook, N.D. ('Tuesday' December 1932 Or 1933), To Foy (Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier Writes A Social Letter To Her Friend, Stating That She Has 'Various Little Trials' Awaiting Her, 'No.1. Being The Battalion Xmas Tree, Presents Etc., And 3 Cheers For Mr. Browning' And Continuing To Comment On Her Correspondent'S Recent Activities, 'Your Noble Work For The Cause Staggers Me, And I Am Hoping You Will Not Go Prematurely Grey. I Have Seen Anna, And Heartily Approve All Your Suggestions. I Am So Sorry I Shall Miss The Committee Meeting On The 21St. Consider Broadcasting An Appeal As Being (A) Splendid Suggestion. The Idea That You Should Make The Appeal In Person On The Wireless Not Perhaps So Good. In Fact, (I) Shall Definitely Oppose This Measure…! Photograph In Western Morning News Also Excellent; But Hesitate About Enclosing Snap Of Members Of Committee In Jingling Colours…Would Like To Put Foreward (Sic) Tentative Proposal Of Mr. Hony Joining Committee, As Letter Writer In Chief? Anna Rather Against This. But I Met Him In Post Office And Thought He Was Inclined To Be Looking Sad. Seriously Though, Wouldn'T He Be Invaluable With Pen And Ink?'. She Continues To Refer To Being Able To Raise £100 ('I Can Promise £75 For Certain In February, And You Can Let Me Know Whether To Send To You Or Direct To N.T.') And Also Mentions Having Had Tea With Her Parents Who Were 'Both Rather Excited At Prospect Of Digging At Castledore, And Both Equally Disturbed At Personal Appearance Of A Certain Mrs. Singer (Nee Cohen) Of Kilmarth, Who Father Says €Œcomes At You With Her Teeth‌ And Mother Declares Is €Œthe Plainest Person I Ever Saw In My Life, With No Figure For A Bicycle‌! I Feel This Lady Will Be In Need Of Mackerel Later In The Year..Mother Also Declared Firmly That €Œall The Lodes Were A Little Mad‌ This Apparently , Bearing Relation To Some Sausage Party In The Rain That Didn'T Take Place..' Du Maurier Further Sends News Of Her Husband, Frederick Browning, 'The Guardsman Gave Me A Fright On Approaching The Haven, By Saying In Loud Tones (There Were Several People Passing By) That €Œsir Arthur Was Due For His Annual Scrubbing, And About Time Too‌. I Looked Up To See If He Had Gone Mad, But Found Him Gazing Calmly Sea Ward At The Pilot Boat..What The Little Sunday Passers-By Thought, Time Alone Will Tell. I Fear The Worst..Perhaps Anonymous Bars Of Soap At Xmas' And Of Their Recent Activities On A Boat, 'I, Hanging About With Cold Ham Sandwich In Pocket And Torn Between 5 Mile Walk And A Coal Fire….Boats To Me Are Summer Pastimes! I Would Like To Hew Down A Tree For Choice, Rather Than Face The Mud Flats At Mixtow, Which Is The Guardsman'S Paradise'. In A Postscript Du Maurier Recounts An Amusing Anecdote, 'P.S. Am Very Embarrassed By New Card Game Of Miss. Roberts - A Sort Of Modern Happy Families - With The Appalling Title Of €Œbob'S Your Uncle‌. One Has To Keep Saying This Apparently Throughout The Game, Like Snap. This Sort Of Thing Has Always Covered Me With Confusion. What About You?' And In A Second Postscript Returns To The Subject Of The Committee, Suggesting Mrs Singer 'As Financial AssistantjQuery111105511084718164057_1436542886423 Perhaps Not….' Some Very Light, Extremely Minor Age Wear, Vg 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. Frederick Browning (1896-1965) British Lieutenant-General Of World War Ii, Deputy Commander Of The First Allied Airborne Army In Operation Market Garden, 1944. Husband Of Du Maurier From 1932. Gerald Du Maurier (1873-1934) English Actor, Wife Of Actress Muriel Beaumont (1881-1957), The Parents Of Daphne Du Maurier. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £300 - 400
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