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Emma du Maurier To Sylvia du Maurier - 1890

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Letter from Emma du Maurier to her daughter Sylvia, 1 April 1890.

[Not in Peter’s Morgue]


New Grove House
Hampstead Heath
Tuesday [1 April 1890]

My darling Sylvia,
We were delighted to get Arthur's telegram saying you had arrived all right at Kirby Lonsdale, but as he said nothing about getting his handbag at Grosmont we feel rather anxious. He will get Papa's postcard tomorrow morning but I write to explain the matter more thoroughly. We found the handbag a few minutes after we had started, and when we got to Grosmont we saw by the timetable that your train would stop here for an hour after. We thought it was a brilliant idea to write Arthur's name on the back of one of our cards and give it to the guard who promised to ask for Mr Davies in a third-class carriage and to give him the bag. However as Arthur doesn't mention having got it I'm afraid the porter didn't find him. I have therefore written off to the stationmaster at Grosmont. We sent off the Gladstone bag from London. I am so sorry we were all thoughtless about it. I thought you had explained to the man who took our luggage which boxes were to be kept back for the 10.12 train.
Tell Arthur we have come to the conclusion that although we will thoroughly trust him with our daughter we will not trust him with our luggage. I was so sorry not to get a last look at you darling, but Papa was taking up all the room and I couldn't see out. New Grove House seems very palatial after St Hilda's Terrace but we all feel rather depressed. A packet of Guy's photographs having been sent from the [??Howarar] has rather depressed me. Now I'm back in Hampstead again, all the sadness of the whole affair comes back to me. Do write soon darling and with much love from us all.
I am always your loving mother,
Emma du Maurier.

[AB: This letter was among the bundle I carried away from Nico, but does not appear in the Morgue. The letter is the only one from Sylvia's mother Emma to Sylvia, and I can't believe Peter would have overlooked it. My guess is that it came to him later, possibly from Daphne du M. It is a wonderful pen-portrait of Emma du Maurier and her humour: "Tell Arthur we have come to the conclusion that although we will thoroughly trust him with our daughter we will not trust him with our luggage."


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