Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 23 December [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: 
23 December [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: 
00001598
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

F/O Eric Aldwinckle C23733 R.C.A.F. o/s HQ Dec 23rd
Dear Harry,
I am answering your letter of October which told me all the news of your success as copyist etc. I wish I could hear your quartet and am glad you feel it is good.
[added on the left margin:] Thanks for your dedication -- a fine gesture which I appreciate
Of course I would like you to send me fragments to try on the piano (the piano is right) but don't forget I am still patiently awaiting the promised fragments of "Strangeness of Heart" - But I know you have been very busy and had a lot of anxiety so I do not mention it in the way of chastisement, only a longing.
Now I have done something which you will like and thought I might share my gratitude with you. At last Harry I have created a painting; it is my first masterwork of any significance. I say gratitude because I am grateful for having been given the power to do it. I am so glad it has been done that I wouldn't care who did it, but as luck would have it, it came through me, and what pleases me most is that I haven't failed it.