Susan Beever (1805-1893) of Thwaite, Coniston, a close friend and neighbour at Brantwood of John Ruskin
[ Thwaite, Coniston. ] 'Thursday'. [ Dated in a contemporary hand 'June 1892.' ]
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. She hopes that the coming Saturday will be fine: 'If not, I hope some other day - but how cold again - For the first time I went out into the garden yesterday - & to my joy & amazement heard a Chaffinch sing! I had not hoped to hear a Bird.' She is glad they are all happy, and that they found the plant (Latin name) that 'grows at Coniston'.
Roy Fuller (1912-1991), English poet and novelist [Miriam Allott [née Farris] (1920–2010), literary scholar and wife of the poet and criticKenneth Allott (1912-1973)]
All five on his letterhead, 37 Langton Way, London SE3 7TJ. 26 May, 12 and 17 July, and 10 and 20 August 1973.
Each letter 1p., 8vo. In very good condition, lightly aged and worn. The first two letters in autograph, the other three typed. ONE (26 May 1973): He condoles with her on her husband's death. 'I always greatly admired his poetry & then his work as a critic. I've just been writing down hisname in the index of my second book of Oxford lectures, where I refer briefly to both these activities of his. It is a sad loss, particularly to those of us who admire creative & sensitive scholarship, so rare & so much needed now.