Collection of letters to Wilfrid Meynell
Lot 610
MEYNELL (ALICE and WILFRID)
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MEYNELL (ALICE and WILFRID)
Literary, editorial, suffragist and religious correspondence of Alice and Wilfrid Meynell, including autograph letters etc by Isaac Rosenberg (written from 67 Dempsey Street on a scrap torn from a notebook - "Dear Madaam [sic]/ Mrs Siordet once showed you some poems of mine & drawings I did at the Slade. You liked the drawings very much & said the poems wanted more work. I think there are too few poems to ask you to forgive the intrusion on your time, & only hope you will not think there are too many that require forgiveness./ Yours sincerely/ Isaac Rosenberg"), Muriel Stuart (writing on 3 April 1916 after the appearance of her first collection, Christ at Carnival - "I don't think you will ever know what your letter meant to me... With one or two exceptions the Press received the book with apathy... But your letter! When I read it I felt I had not failed, if I could win such generous praise from so beautiful a poet... I hope you won't think this a very foolish & 'school girly' letter - It was so very very kind of you to take the trouble to write me so generous a letter..."), John Singer Sargent (14 letters and cards, inviting Alice to a Tissot private view, discussing the merits of Hollyer's photographs of his own pictures, his portrait of Alice, etc), John Lavery ("...I have just returned from the Varnishing day at the Royal Academy after receiving many compliments on your portrait..."), Stanhope Forbes, Frederic Leighton (series, with a touching letter by his servant, J. Sanders, written shortly after Leighton's death), Alvin Langdon Coburn, Anna Swanwick, Adrian Stokes (from Switzerland in 1915, describing his forced stay there with Sargent), Shane Leslie (series), E.V. Lucas, Roger Ingpen, Katharine Tynan, Gertrude Elizabeth (Lady Colin) Campbell (affectionate series of some twenty-five letters and cards to "Dearest Wilfrid"), Ethel Smyth's sister Mary Hunter (fine series), John Drinkwater (group), Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, Alfred Perceval Graves, Mary Hoadley Dodge, Professor Sir Israel Gollancz (soliciting Alice's support for La Société Shakespeare), Geraldine Hodgson (on her difficulties publishing Thompson's cricket songs), Aline Harland, Ethel Johnson (inviting Alice to become president of the Society of Women Journalists and discussing a Thompson lecture to be given in 1897 - "It was suggested that we should ask Mrs Flora Annie Steele to lecture after Mr Francis Thompson, but if he has 'taken fright' she might be asked in his place..."), Professor William S. Johnson of Kansas (asking for Alice's help in lecturing on Catholic poets), Elizabeth Jordan, editor of Harper's Bazaar, the painter Neville Lytton, Annie Nathan Meyer, the first British woman war artist Victoria Monkhouse, Senator Helen Ring Robinson, Janet Ross of Settignano (author of Leaves from Our Tuscan Kitchen), Louisa Lady Waterford, Gaylord Wilshire (inviting Alice to meet the boxcar poet Harry Kemp), Percy Withers (group - "I want you to write your name, and aught else, in these little books..."), Garnet Wolseley (about meeting Shane Leslie), Arthur K. Sabin of the Samurai Press ("a humble young poet - your admirer"), numerous American visitors, such as her fellow poet Louise Morgan Sill ("...I still hope to meet you - not because there is any visible prospect of it now, but because I am much given to a hope that is proportionable to the desire...") and Louise Collier Wilcox ("...I wonder if you realize how we Americans feel about you? My daughter says: 'I suppose Mrs Meynell has had more real poetry written to her and about her than anyone but Beatrice'..."), M.H. Spielmann, Herbert Stuart Stone of the Chap-Book, Richard Whiteing (series), Mabel E. Wooton ("...I try to imagine what you and Mr Meredith talk about all day. Does he ever descend to the simplicities of life? or to him are they merely trivialities? I could kiss him for the golden words he has written about you..."), Caroline Spurgeon ("...one of the rarest literary treats I have had for a very long time..."), Paul Woodroffe (1900, urging that Frank Brangwyn be commissioned to decorate Westminster Cathedral - "I have just got a letter of introduction to Mr Bentley [the architect]...But you could be of great service to the cause by speaking to the Cardinal. Quite apart from the claims Brangwyn has - positive claims - there is the negative side. Rumour has it... that Italian artists are to be commissioned. This cannot, if true, be too strongly deprecated & would be deeply represented [sic] by English artists and the English people, touching respectively their art & our claim to be Catholics not an Italian mission... Respecting Brangwyns achievements, brilliant as they act [sic] I think the unique situation & occasion would carry him quite beyond anything he has accomplished..."), Robert Anning Bell, Alfred Evans editor of The Gentlewoman ("...Will you let me say how much I was impressed by the sweetness of Mrs Meynell. To me she has always been a shrine at which I have humbly worshipped and I did not dare to think my spiritual vision of her would ever assume a form to whom I could speak without embarrassment..."), Vera S. Laughton (discussing Alice's contribution to the first issue of Time and Tide), Rosamund Marriott Watson ("...I cannot but think it one of the finest things even you have ever done - If, at one time, I was too imperceptive to rightly appreciate your prose - well - you have taken a most noble revenge!..."), Samuel Smiles (group), Edward Stott (group), the co-inventor of the lightbulb Joseph W. Swan, Silvanus Thompson, David Croal Thomson of The Art Journal (fine series, about Wilfrid's article on Alice's painter sister, 'The life and work of Lady Butler' published as the Christmas Number of the Art Annual, 1898 - "It is in fact good business to announce we avoid the hackneyed pictures & with the material for the illustrations you suggest & the sketches &c & your own text we ought to have a really magnificent number..."), Henry W. Nevinson, Mortimer Mempes, Louise Chandler Moulton (an effulgent letter to her "Dearest Poet"), Alfred Noyes (about using Alice's poems), William D. Orcutt (commissioning Alice's preface to The Taming of the Shrew), Elizabeth Raymond Barker, Florence Hardy's secretary May O'Rourke (group), W.H. Anderdon SJ (series, giving a lively account of the state of Catholic publishing), Father Anselm, Father Kenelm Vaughan, Sherard Vines, Father James Nugent, Theodore Maynard, A.W. Pollard (praising Alice's Later Poems - "I have not read any which gave me such contentment for years. Most contemporary verse depresses me so that I bargain with my editors that they shall not send it me..."), Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Eliza Lynn Linton, Frederick Locker Lampson, A.W. Hutton ("...I understand & respect that Catholics feel to my writing Manning's life. I should have felt them myself..."), Clotilde Graves, S. Gertrude Ford, May Probyn (with her autograph draft, marked up for the printer, of 'Christmas Carol'), Arthur Quiller-Couch, Ernest Rhys, Briton Riviere, and many others; plus suffragette material, including a programme for the Albert Hall meeting on 28 March 1912, and letters by Emily Rathbone (1915, asking for Alice's help in lobbying for the employment of women as hospital orderlies), Sylvia Pankhurst (1914, inviting, at Mrs Laski's suggestion, Alice's support for her East London Federation), Emmeline Pethick Lawrence (1914, thanking Alice for her "generous contribution to the Fellowship"), Jane Cobden Unwin (soliciting Alice's signature on an address to "help the women's cause" in 1897 - "It has been signed, & will be signed by women of all shades of opinion, & it is an absolutely non-party matter.."), 1883-1939 where dated but mostly late nineteenth and early twentieth century
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