Lot 459: Du Maurier Daphne


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Lot 459: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Four Pages, 8Vo, Menabilly, Par, Cornwall, 22Nd June 1968, To 'My Dear' (Foy Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier States 'I Should Have Written To You Before Now To Thank You For The Brandy And The Peppermint' And Continues To Send News Of Her Recent Activities, 'My Sang-Froid Was Complete. And Talk About Not Being Known At Boconnoc. I Shall Probably Never Speak To Anyone Lower Than A Field-Marshal Again My Life. I Might Have Been The Queen. The Whole Regiment Of Parachutists Drawn Up On Parade At Aldershot Before Me. A General At My Side Who Made A Speech In Praise Of Guardsman (Her Husband, Frederick Browning) I Followed With A Modest Word, And Then - Lo And Behold - Three Free Fall Champion Parachutists Dropped From Three Thousand Feet Above My Head And To My Feet, And One Of Them Rushed Up And Saluted, And Presented Me With A Statuette Of A Parachutist In Battle Order. I Was Then Given Three Cheers, And Walked To A Dais, Where The Entire Regiment Marched Past Me With Bands Playing, All Saluting And €Œeyes Right‌ And The Regimental Mascot, A Pony, Bringing Up The Rear. Now, What Do You Think Of That? Luckily, Flavia Had Found Me A Hat (Which Tessa Had Borrowed For Ascot) And My Outfit Might Have Been From Christian Dior, But As I Told You, It Has Been Hanging In My Cupboard For Years….Lunch At The Officers Mess With Champagne. Tessa Acted As My Lady-In-Waiting And Kits Was Also Present To Support Me. I Thought He Might Be A Little Out Of His Element In An Officer'S Mess, But Perhaps It Was The Champagne, Anyway, I Looked Across The Table And Saw Him Holding Forth In A Steady Spate Of Words To An Ex-Colonel And I Think A General About Who Should Be The Future President Of The United States, So I Presume He Was At Ease. We Were Then Taken To The Garrison Church At Aldershot To Be Shown Another Very Nice Plaque, Next The Pulpit, In Honour Of Guardsman. I Really Think I Am A Little Above Myself, And You Must Come Along Some Time And Take Me Down A Peg Or Two'. Du Maurier Continues To Refer To Her Own Work ('Meanwhile, I Am Hard At Work On My Book, And All Goes Well'), Rioting Students In France ('I Don'T Know What The World Is Coming To, It'S Time We Went And Sat Under An Azalia') And Several Family Members Including Her Cousin Dora, 'She Hopes To Fly To Switzerland For A Holiday, And I Have Had The Greatest Difficulty In Preventing Her From Taking A Boat To The Black Sea. At 91 Its Rather Far, I Felt. I Could Just Manage Paddington, And That Was Enough For Me'. 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. Frederick Browning (1896-1965) British Lieutenant-General Of World War Ii, Deputy Commander Of The First Allied Airborne Army In Operation Market Garden, 1944. The Event Of Which Du Maurier Writes About In The Present Letter Was Most Likely In Recognition Of The Browning Barracks Receiving A Civic Trust Award In 1968. Built In 1964 As Part Of The New Military Town Of Aldershot, The Browning Barracks Were Named After Frederick Browning And Were The Depot For The Parachute Regiment And Airborne Forces. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £200 - 300
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