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[Ruth Pitter, Christian poet, friend of C. S. Lewis and Hilaire Belloc, admired by Philip Larkin.] Autograph Card Signed ('Ruth Pitter.') to 'Mrs. Russell', regarding a gift of 'Japonica jelly' ('a most delicate preserve').

Ruth Pitter (1897-1992), Christian poet, craftswoman and radio personality, friend of Hilaire Belloc and C. S. Lewis
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Letterhead of The Hawthorns, Chilton Road, Long Crendon, Bucks. 6 November 1955.

On the letterhead-side of an unillustrated postcard. In fair condition, aged and worn, with pin holes to one corner. Reads: 'Dear Mrs. Russell, | We have so enjoyed the Japonica jelly. I had never tasted it before. It is a most delicate preserve, and so pretty. | With many thanks, | Yours sincerely, | Ruth Pitter.' Note in another hand in pencil on reverse, including the address of Dr F. S. Wallis, City Museum, Bristol. Initially encouraged by Hilaire Belloc, Pitter was a traditional poet four of whose poems were included by Larkin in the Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse.

[Seán MacEntee, Fianna Fáil politician and Tánaiste.] Typed Letter Signed ('Seán MacEntee') to T. J. Hickey, editor of 'The Statist', commending an article on Hilaire Belloc by Collin Brooks. With Autograph Note Signed from Hickey to Brooks.

Seán MacEntee [Seán Mac an tSaoi] (1889-1984), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Tánaiste [Thomas J. Hickey; Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street journalist; Hilaire Belloc; Easter Rising, 1916]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Oifig an Aire Airgeadais, (Office of the Minister for Finance) Baile Átha Cliath. (Dublin). 27 July 1953.

1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with punch holes at margin. MacEntee begins his letter to Hickey: 'In the tribute which “The Statist” pays to the late Hilaire Belloc a reference is made to his essay on usury. I read this some time ago but cannot recall the title of the volume in which it appeared. I should be grateful, indeed, if you would be kind enough to make good the lacuna by supplying the missing title.' He congratulates Hickey 'on the article itself'.

[Maurice Baring, novelist and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Wheeler', regarding the practicalities of a plan for a new London theatre.

Maurice Baring (1874-1945), novelist and poet [Wheeler; the London stage; theatre; theatrical]
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On letterhead of 6 North Street, Westminster [London]. 5 July 1910.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. He found Wheeler's letter on his return from a trip abroad, and is 'most interested to hear that there is a scheme on foot for another theatre'. As far as 'financiers who are likely to be theatrical patrons', those known to him will probably already know any Baring might suggest. He concludes: 'Personally I believe the old Court Theatre plan was the best & in fact the only possible way of getting those kind plays done.'

[Hilaire Belloc on the Pyrenees.] Typed Letter Signed ('H Belloc.') to Mrs Strutt, giving details of two examples of 'a perfectly quiet and small place in the Pyranees [sic] which other people don't yet know'.

Hilaire Belloc [Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc] (1870-1953), poet and author
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On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall. 22 June 1925.

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter carries a few autograph emendations and postscript. With envelope addressed to Mrs Strutt at 12 Somers Place, London. Belloc was an accomplished travel writer, and had published his classic book 'The Pyrenees' in 1903. He writes that he is giving her 'two addresses', 'only in each case you must write to the people before going there and the sooner the better, because the Season in these high places is very short'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('H Belloc') from a sixteen-year-old Hilaire Belloc to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope, describing in detail how 'matters' have 'come to a scarcely endurable crisis'.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) [Minna Hope, wife of the diplomat Sir Nicholas O'Connor]
Hilaire Belloc letter  to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope
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13 October 1886. On letterhead of The Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Hilaire Belloc letter  to his childhood sweetheart Minna Hope

12mo, 6 pp. Bifolium and single leaf. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Closely and neatly written. An important and revealing letter, written while Belloc was still at school.

3 ALsS, 1 ANS and 1 ACS (all 'Robert Speaight') to Kyrle Fletcher.

Robert Speaight [Robert William Speaight] (1904-1976), actor, author and Roman Catholic apologist [Ifan Kyrle Fletcher (1905-1969), bookseller and author]
Publication details: 
12 September to 16 December 1951; variously from the Garrick Club; Campion House, Benenden, Kent; and 44 Onslow Gardens, London.

The collection is in good condition, with items on lightly aged and creased paper. Letter One (12 September 1951, Onslow Gardens; 12mo, 1 p, in envelope): As Kyrle Fletcher 'may have seen', Speaight is engaged in a biography of William Poel, and is 'anxious to trace the letters he received from Shaw & which were sold about 1930'. Kyrle Fletcher has docketed the envelope with a precis of his reply. Card (postmarked 14 September 1951): Thanking Kyrle Fletcher for his 'letter & most useful suggestions'.

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