[ E. F. Benson, author of the 'Mapp and Lucia' novels. ] Autograph Signature ('E. F Benson').

E. F. Benson [ Edward Frederic Benson ] (1867-1940), English author, archaeologist and Cambridge don
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Place and date not stated.

On one side of a 3 x 10 cm slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. A good firm signature, underlined, reading 'E. F Benson'.

[ Mapp and Lucia; Benson ] Autograph Letter Signed "Mary Benson" to a "Miss Chittenden" discussing partner Lucy Tait's illness etc.

Mary Benson, lesbian wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, mother of E.F. Benson
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[ Headed notepaper ] Tremans, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, 8 May [no year].

4 pages, 16mo, bifolium, black-bordered. She explains at length why she finds it difficult to arrange a visit to her correspondent, including the illnes of a Miss Tait (awaiting doctor's orders) [Lucy Tait was her partner], and her daughter who has just returned from Egypt. She hopes to be in London with her daughter on the 21st, and perhaps take a train to Broxbourne to see her. Note: "Her future husband was so impressed by her intellect at their first meeting that he vowed to marry her on the spot, despite her being only eight years old at the time.

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