Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 1 August [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
1 August [1944]
Place: France
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001604-7
Language: 
eng
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image
Format: 
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Transcript: 

And because I do know you are with me in these thought experiences. We are living in the same mental world, if not the same physical one. Please do not apologise for your remarks -- I know of your sincerity. With happiness I share it and love it. Tomorrow is to depend on men of sincerity. Cleverness is retiring with today.
It is the same with your Quartet Harry. Prepare for patience. Only the young will understand your work. You are writing for your contemporaries and your sons. Your contemporaries are young, dispersed and inaccessible musically. Your sons are not born yet. I mean metaphorically "your sons". Let him who hath an ear, hear and understand your music. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your music, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake the dust from your feet.
Harry, he who is clever or desires cleverness and is without spiritual emotions knows only the language of cleverness. This is wrong, only that it is ignorance. His cleverness is in ignorance of the spiritual quantities. Teach him. If he won't learn. Pity him, and remember there is more cleverness at work than spirituality or sincerity just now. That is why there is more suspicion and distrust than there is brotherliness and unselfishness.