Lot 682: ALS, one page, 5.5 x 6.5, May 8, 1949. Letter to E. J. Evans, secretary of the Port Talbot Forum, written from his new residence at "The Boat House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire." In full: "Please forgive my not having answered your letter before this. I have just come back to Wales to live, and letters have been misforwarded. I shall be most grateful if you will include my name in the list of those who are supporting the appeal to the Prime Minister for a Civil List Pension to be awarded to Huw Menai. I have the greatest admiration for him—though I do not know him personally—and for his work, and I think the Port Talbot Forum is to be congratulated on its sponsoring of the appeal—which I do most sincerely hope will succeed." A ballpoint collector's notation to the lower left identifies the recipient as Evans. In fine condition, with mild scattered foxing. Huw Menai was a Welsh poet who began writing during World War I and had many friends in the UK's literary circles; although Thomas was not one of these personal acquaintances, he clearly appreciated his fellow Welsh poet. The Boat House remained Thomas's home until his death in 1953, and the surrounding town of Laugharne is thought to have inspired the fictional fishing village Llareggub in Under Milk Wood.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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