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HARDY, Thomas.
ALS to 'My Dear Cockerell...', 20 Oct. 1922.
n.p. 1922 13 lines, in black ink, on first side only of folded 8vo leaf; very lightly folded. v.g.Not recorded in The Collected Letters (vol. VI, 1987), ed. by Michael Millgate. A brief letter from Hardy, signed with his initials, to [Sydney] Cockerell, his friend, executor, and from 1908 director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He tells Cockerell, 'I send this on at once as I suppose you want it back quickly'. Precisely what he is sending isn't made clear, but it appears to relate to an impoverished acquaintance, as Hardy declares he is 'sorry for Doughty, yet he has wealthy relatives, to wit, my neighbour here, Hanbury'. Hardy continues that he wishes to hear from 'dela Mare', presumably the poet Walter De la Mare, a close friend of Hardy. He ends by asking Cockerell, should he see Christopher Moule, to tell him 'that I have printed his uncle's poem in the current London Mercury'. The letter is probably written from his Max Gate residence, near Dorchester. The Hanburys were his neighbours at Kingston Maurward, the house & garden purchased by Sir Cecil Hanbury in 1914. Hardy used the house as a model for Knapwater House in Desperate Remedies (1871). Hardy had a long-standing acquaintance with the Moule family from Dorset, several of whom were poets. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books [UK]

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