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PATON, Alan
ARCHIVE consisting of 4 TYPED LETTERs SIGNED (TLSs)
1980 - 1981, Natal, South Africa. Group of 4 Letters, SIGNED in full to Sylvia Lyons, comprised of four pale blue airmail letters (7-3/4" x 11-3/4") addressed on the versos with canceled RSA stamps. Excellent content including the current political situation. Some excerpts: 2 December 1980: "My house was not 'off limits' and I never experienced house arrest. This is the most grievous punishment that this government can impose. I suppose you know that it is imposed by a Minister of State and the victim has no appeal to the courts. Something which would not happen in the United States. Less serious than house arrest is what is called 'banning,' which means that you are confined to a certain area, that you are not allowed to attend any gathering, that nothing you say can be published, that you may not enter any court or dock area or school. I did however lose my passport for 10 years. I was very interested in your story that 'We Dutch came here with the bible in one hand and a rifle in the other.' There is another equally witty saying, attributed to a black man. He said 'when you came here we had the land and you had the bible, now we have the bible and you have the land.'" From 20 April 1981: "I of course follow the American news very closely and am a reader of the 'Christian Science Monitor.' I don't take quite such a grim view of Reagan's administration as many Democrats must do. I am very lucky to enjoy good health, but at the moment I am in a kind of limbo, which always happens when one finishes a book and is waiting for its publication." From 22 September 1981: "Thank yo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]
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