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Autograph Letter, Signed ("H"), To Lady Hibernia Castletown.
1897 - "Holmes' Greatest Romance" Holmes, Oliver Wendell [1841-1935]. [Autograph Letter, Signed ("H"), To Lady Hibernia Castletown]. Boston, December 4, 1897. 3 pp. on conjoined Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court stationery. Lightly foxed and toned. Item matted and framed with half-tone portrait plate portrait and transcription. * A flirtatious letter to the object of Holmes's affection, Lady Clare Castletown, "My Dear Hibernia," about a shipment of pink and blue pond lily roots he plans to send her as a gift. Displaying shades of his poet-father, he goes on to wax lyrical about another botanical specimen: "There is a very handsome pink marshmallow that grows wild on the south shore of Mass. I wonder if you would care for that if it can be got? I remember once, when life seemed at a low ebb, driving over a dreary sandy waste and suddenly coming on a lonely pool, with woods on one side, a dead tree hovering over it with the appropriate crow. And on the other side a wilderness of pink flowers standing about as high as my breast, I should think. And I felt that the romantic could be found almost anywhere after that." Holmes was introduced to Lady Clare while traveling through England in the summer of 1889. A mutual infatuation followed, which led to a correspondence - punctuated with occasional visits - that lasted until Lady Clare's death in 1926. In an effort to keep the relationship a secret - both Holmes and Lady Clare were married - Holmes destroyed most of her letters, but Lady Clare did not follow suit, and many of Holmes' letters to her survive. They reveal an intimate relationship. Its extent remains a mystery, but which, but it was, in the opinion of Holmes biographers White and Minor, "Holmes' greatest romance." See White and Minor, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes 229-252.
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