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Letter from Mary Llewelyn Davies to her son Arthur on his engagement to Sylvia du Maurier, dated 26 March 1890.
K. L. 26th March 1890
We were very glad to have your letter this morning - I hope ours to you were also quite satisfactory. To those who for 27 years have been close and dear friends as well as parents and child, there could be no difficulty in such a case. We can fully trust you and you know you have true sympathy from us. We will write to Mr and Mrs du Maurier shortly, who have treated you with so much trust and kindness. Thank God we can say to them that they may give their dear one safely into your loving keeping, when the time comes, without any misgivings. I dare say you are already feeling that you have new and delightful responsibilities.
I long more and more to see her and love her. How often I have wished for this - tho' perhaps <u>you</u> were not the son I first expected to give me a new daughter! I don't doubt you have thought of poor old Maurice as I have. He has never had a glimmer of this flood of sunshine that is around you. I, as you know, have never given it up for him, and <u>still </u> I can't. There seems no reason why it should not be, except that it never has. You'll say that's reason enough.
I have been writing to Charley in answer to a nice letter he sent me today. He seems lost in admiration of your pluck and skill! He will be the first to see Sylvia. I am writing a line to Maurice and Harry as I expect you will have told them your news today. How sympathetic Harry will be.
There is much I could say but time is short. We expect Mrs Soames at 5 1/2.
Daffodils coming on apace! All will be lovely when you bring her!
So much love from
Peter's comment in his Morgue:
The reference to "poor old Maurice" is obscure to me. I can only surmise that he was already at this time acquainted with his future wife, and that there were difficulties in the way of acknowledged engagement and plans for marriage, which were causing distress to him and his family. He was already established at Liverpool with the Booth Line, and by that fact alone perhaps rather cut off from the others; though Arthur was to go to Liverpool soon for what turned out to be only a short time. In point of fact Maurice was married in 1891, before Arthur; but I have no correspondence referring to this.
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