[Sir Claude Aurelius Elliott, headmaster of Eton.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C A Elliott') to J. J. S. Driberg, discussing his son J. H. Driberg's 'Poems', inserted in a copy of the book, inscribed by the author to his mother.
ONE (Elliott's letter): 3pp., 12mo. 34 lines. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, loosely attached to the title-leaf of the book by a small piece of gummed paper. The letter begins: 'My dear Driberg | I ought to have acknowledged your letter sooner, but I only received it on my return from abroad, and since then I have been busy struggling with the arears which always accrue during absence.' He thanks him for sending his 'son's little volume', which he has read 'with much interest & congratulate him on the neat & modest appearance he has made in print'. He was pleased by some of the poems, and finds them all 'creditable', 'but at my age we do not respond to new poetry as we did at 20'. He singles out some of the poems, and makes a few suggestions. The last paragraph begins: 'I gather that your Poet was here at our Garden Party. I wish I had known it for I wd like to make his acquaintance & hope he will come some day when there is not a crowd.' TWO (Driberg's book): 46pp., 8vo. Aged and worn, with detached front wrap (on the reverse of which a cutting of a review in the Westminster, 24 October 1908 is laid down) loosely inserted, and back wrap tipped in after the title. Inscribed on the title-page 'To mother with the author's love.' (Driberg's mother was born Amy Mary Irving Bell (1866-1939).) Uncommon: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Cambridge and Oxford.