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Letters. Six letters and notes, holograph and typed, some signed, relating to Crowley's relationship with his one time close friend and student A. E. Richardson, Crowley's finances, failure to pay rent, etc.
NP [ circa 1930 / 1931 ], NP - The collection comprises 6 documents, on varying paper types, relating to Crowley's relationship with A. E. Richardson, of Surbiton, Surrey. Richardson was a student of Aleister Crowley's and an enthusiastic member of his A.'.A.'. from the late 1920s up until December 1936. Crowley and Richardson visited each other regularly, and Crowley stayed with him for a time in November, 1936. Richardson was quite wealthy, and clearly provided Crowley with a substantial amount of funds, including guaranteeing the rent on his 66 Redcliffe Gardens flat for 6 months. In return Richardson received instruction, and a wonderful collection of Crowley's books, including what was, at that time, Crowley's own copy of Konx om Pax. Richardson put immense effort into his studies, making careful manuscript copies of Crowley works such as "Liber Aleph" and the "Preliminary Comment to Liber Cordis Cincti Serpente," so as to gain a deep familiarity with the works. Clearly the two were very friendly, and Crowley even helped Richardson's son with his homework. Inevitably there was a falling out between the two, apparently caused by Richardson's decision to stop funding Crowley. Details are sketchy, but the Beast wrote in his diary of "Richardson's amazing treachery," (he'd probably changed his mind about paying Crowley's rent). In retaliation Crowley is supposed to have carried out a minor campaign of slander against Mrs. Richardson (who presumably pushed her husband to stop wasting money on Crowley) by slipping notes under the doors of the couple's neighbours, accusing her of wanton behaviour. The collection comprises: 1) A carbon copy of a typed letter, from Crowley to Messrs. H. M. Job - presumably solicitors acting on behalf of Mrs. Richardson. In it Crowley lambasts Mrs. Richardson for inviting him to her house and expecting him to pay for his own food, as well as hers. He goes on: "Mrs. Richardson is too lazy to cook and feeds her boy on scraps. She denies him fresh milk. When her visitors give the poor child a meal, which he sorely needs, she is surprised and resentful." His chief complaint appears to be that they sent the bill to his Scarlet Woman of the time, Pearl Brook-Smith, rather than to himself. Headed Richardson in pencil in Crowley's handwriting at the top of the page. 2) A three page typed memorandum of Crowley's business dealings with A. E. Richardson between October and December 1936. The document details at length, a complex agreement by which Richardson had agreed to guarantee, and pay the rent on, an apartment in which Crowley was co-Tennant. According to Crowley Richardson then disappeared, leaving the Beast in the lurch, financially. Crowley also manages to include a number of vitriolic remarks about Richardson's wife, with whom he share a mutual antipathy. The document has several sentences added in Crowley's handwriting, and is signed, unusually, with his birth name: Edward Alexander Crowley (the "Alexander" is not written in full - so it might equally conceivably also be a contraction of "Aleister.") 3) A two page carbon copy of a draft of a typed letter, from Crowley to Messrs. H. M. Job - solicitors acting on behalf of Mrs. Richardson. Dated 27th July, 1937. Crowley lambasts them for sending a representative to his flat, who he suggests "bulldozed" his way in while Crowley was out, and pressured his Scarlet Woman of the time, Pearl Brook-Smith, into writing a cheque for monies allegedly owed. Crowley then attacks the Richardsons, suggesting that they are the real debtors, that they are starving their son and denying him a proper education, etc. 4) A pencil note from Crowley to "Dear Mr. Richardson" in which he writes "I am so utterly stupid about figures that I can't understand yours ." followed by various calculations concerning rental payments etc. Not signed, so presumably either a draft or incomplete. 5) A short pencil note, dated Feb. 21 (1937) asking Richardson to make a payment to him. It is signed simply: "Yours sincer
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