[Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano and champion golfer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joan') to 'Derek', regarding her heart attack, recuperation and retirement.

Joan Hammond [Dame Joan Hilda Hood Hammond] (1912-1996), Australian operatic soprano and champion golfer
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On letterhead of The Old Cottage, Egypt, Farnham Common, Bucks. 15 October 1965.

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with lightly-rusted indentation from a paperclip. She thanks him for the 'lovely form of intrusion your letter proved to be - as though you could ever intrude!' She wonders whether, if she had been 'a more patient patient' the 'second attack' might not have happened' (a heart attack had forced her to retire from the stage), 'but I was never one for sitting and doing nothing'. She is 'trying very hard now as I have learnt my lesson'. She has 'so many interests that retirement is beginning to become a pleasure, thank heavens'.

[ Hilda Anthony [ Hilda Antonietti ], English stage and screen actress. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Hilda'), a letter of condolence to 'Mabel', the widow of the composer Herman Finck.

Hilda Anthony [ Hilda Antonietti ] (1886-1962), English actress, heroine of bushranger play 'Stingaree' by E. W. Hornung [ Herman Finck [ Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), Anglo-Dutch conductor ]
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On letterhead of 5 Rosemont Mansions, Lithos Road, N.W.3. [ London ] 22 April 1939.

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads 'Dear Mabel. | I cant tell you how deeply I sympathize with you in your great loss - words are so inadequate. Herman was a grand friend, & I shall always remember his many kindnesses, & the fun we all used to have together. I know you will miss him dreadfully, & so will all his many friends. | All my love & sympathy to you & Marjorie.' Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ 1930s romantic fiction on an inter-racial theme. ] Autograph Manuscript of unpublished novelettte set in India and England by Gwladys Hilda Edmunds: 'When Races Clash'.

Gwladys Hilda Edmunds [ Romantic fiction ]
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11 Church Road, Penarth, Glamorganshire, Wales. Undated [ 1930s. ].

110pp., 4to. Paginated to 108, with 58a and 66a. In red exercise book with 'Gwladys Hilda Edmunds | 11 Church Road | Penarth, Glam.' on cover. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, in creased covers. Inside the front cover Edmunds has written 'Roughly 15,000 words'. A fair copy with a handful of corrections and emendations. An unpublished work of romantic fiction, unusual for the light it casts on the attitudes of the period towards race and colonialism.

Autograph letters signed (x 2) to the actress Hilda Trevelyan [1880-1859],

Cyril Maude
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April 29 and 1 September [no years].

English actor-manager (1862-1951). The first, April 29, Rivoli, with letterhead of The Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, one page, 8vo. "Dear Miss Trevelyan, / Very many congratulations. You are absolutely 'sweet' in the piece. It is so many years since we met. Your performance is beautiful. I wished to come round & see you but didnt like to intrude." The second, 1 September [no year], with letterhead 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, 2 pp, 12mo. Affectionate letter to "Dear little Manageress" (Trevelyan was for a time co-manageress of the Vaudeville Theatre).

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