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J M Barrie To George Llewelyn Davies - 1912

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Letter from J M Barrie to George Llewelyn Davies at Eton, 29 May 1912. Not transcribed in Peter's Morgue, so alas no commentary from him.


3, Adelphi Terrace House,
Strand, W.C.

May 29, 1912

My dear George,
This confounded excitement about the XI has rather caught me and I have begun to dream about it. Mix them, curve them, swerve them, break them, and if he still hits it, kick them. I can't think of any better tip. I wish I could tie Barnes* to your wrist. I wish I was as good at bowling as at the idiotic thing flinging rings on to watches. At this I am an extraordinary adept. At ‘Shakespeare’s England’ I won four watches (really good ladies watches) in this way. I had to leave the place because I became so famous at it. “The gentleman in the straw hat what has already won six — that's him”. Crowds gazed at me. I never knew what fame was before.
Do you remember how we plugged at the baskets of oranges at Olympia one Christmas? Only a few years ago, but you were no older than Michael is now.
He & I went to the Olivers** for the week end. The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout & he caught at least 50, about 4 oz on average. They were too guileless however to make it much sport. Fished with bread on end of hook. Also bird-nest, &c.
Your loving

* Sydney Barnes (1873-1967), English professional cricketer, considered to be one of the greatest ever bowlers.
** The Frederick Scott Olivers, near Reading, old friends of the Llewelyn Davies family.


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