Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 2 October 1943

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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: 
2 October 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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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: 
00001590-8
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
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jpg
Transcript: 

for the Government instead who are willing to get Robert to teach you because they do want my paintings only they want you to look after the arrangements and tender their official notes as guarantee of their good faith in you and me. This is convenient and simpler all round and I am proud of the Government for the efficiency they show in such complicated times.
Perhaps to your red face will appear visions of ugly obligations hanging around your neck but never fear son. (I'm going to start talking to you like a father) (Oh get on with it) (alright) Well never fear, bud, that I shall encumber you thus for I swear mine is to liberate not captivate. Well anyhow, when you tear it up venomously hating the condescension, condescension, conde- oh damn patronisation of pseudo philanthropists (mm, not bad) remember I really consider it a great privilege, which you don't understand perhaps just now but will in about fifty years, though it is a pity I can't be friend enough to have more regard for your sensitive feelings, and I am undoubtedly acting in this way so that I may gloat, and become fat with self complacency, drunk with self righteousness, unaware that what I think is good is probably only a dirty trick. But you have be cruel sometimes.
And next time you see an apple—extended toward you from the branch of a tree in full fruit—pick one, eat of it, and contemplate and you shall surely have the answer.