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Kipling, Rudyard
Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Mrs [Richard] Darcy", with accompanying photograph
1898. Both sides of a card, which bears the heading "The Elms | Rottingdean, | nr Brighton." Dated Dec 12, 1898. In its original envelope, which provides the recipent's address "The Cottage, Clifton," with both Rottingdean and Brighton postmarks. With accompanying sepia photographic portrait of Kipling standing on a sailing vessel (mounted on gilt-edged card). This is a very intriguing, if not tantalizing, letter from Rudyard Kipling to a Mrs Darcy. It reads: That is indeed a beautiful photograph. Of course _we_ know what it means; but to the average spectator it looks very much as if your sailing-master had "shanghaied" one of the inhabitants of Adrigole and the unhappy native was slowly reviving on the decks of the _Margharita_. And the worst of it is, I can't explain to anyone that they are your husband's clothes I'm wearing! I feel I never thanked you properly for the good times you gave me on the yacht that wonderful day . [+ final long sentence hard to decipher] . With best regards to your husband, Very sincerely yours [signed] Rudyard Kipling. Accompanying the letter is a photo of Kipling standing on a sailing vessel, presumably the Margharita; Mrs Darcy must have sent it to Kipling, and with this letter he was returning it to her. We have not been able to learn who Mr & Mrs Richard Darcy were, in connection with Kipling. But we DO know (a) that Adrigole is a harbor village on the southwest corner of Ireland; (b) that the Darcys' hometown of Clifton is right by Bristol, on the southwest shore of England -- not all that far from Adrigole; and (c) that Kipling spent so … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA] [Yarmouth, ME, U.S.A.]
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