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J M Barrie to Arthur Quiller-Couch - 1894


Letter from J M Barrie to Arthur Quiller-Couch (‘Q’), 16 December 1894, from Medstead, after leaving Fowey.


My dear Couch,

We have arrived. Glen [aka Porthos] was grand at first. Strutted about Par station like a gentleman in a fur coat but was bleary at Exeter and hangdog at Salisbury and limp as a rag thereafter. Has now recovered, and is going strong. Read a lot of news in the train. Crockett1 has been interviewed in British Weekly. He rises at 4.30. The Manxman has been removed from some library because ‘disgusting’ and ‘shameful’. Oh, my God.

Alack! We forgot to pack the tobacco and I’m living on cigars. My wife is writing to Mrs West to tell her to send it down to you. May it burn your tongue. Hope that chair is mended. Disgraceful not mended before. We go to London Monday.

Yours ever, J M Barrie

{Taken from “The Letters of J M Barrie”, edited by Viola Meynell, Peter Davies Publishing, 1942}


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