Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, [7 December 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: 
[7 December 1944]
Place: London
Collection/Fonds: 
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: 
00001608
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

Dear Harry, old thing.
I don't believe my desires to send you birthday wishes were ever fulfilled what with Mouvemente Perpetual dans la Service. It would have been merely a matter of social form and custom, for I celebrate you and do you honour at any day in the year. However custom persists and Christmas is on the way, yet I must explain that my small gift does not really come because of either of these portentous dates but merely because the other day I was obsessed by good spirits imploring me to buy you some Goosens and I gathered from their running commentary that you hadn't any of this composer's work and would be interested to behold it and explore it even if you did not like it.
If you will forgive my easy flow of words (I saw Hamlet last night and am inspired, beside being in a benevolent mood after a hot bath and some liesure [sic] and quiet at my disposal) I would like to recount for your enlightenment the strange ways of 'musical' England.
In the heart of London I enter ye olde established firm of musick purveyors which I felt sure would possess a copy of the love lyrics of Adam (if Pythagoras had lived before him and supplied him with the necessary technical equipment) if there were any love lyrics I mean. In this large and dirty shop