Autograph letter signed ("Eric A Blair"), to Dennis Collings ("Dear Dennis"), opening their correspondence by remarking that he hasn't yet "anything of great interest to report yet about the Lower Classes" and is, instead, writing to describe a ghost he has seen in Walberswick cemetery ("...I want to get it on paper before I forget the details...") which he illustrates with a groundplan of the church and graveyard ("...it was a man's figure, small & stooping, & dressed in lightish brown; I should have said a workman. I had the impression that it glanced towards me in passing, but I made out nothing of the features. At the moment of its passing I thought nothing, but a few seconds later it struck me that the figure had made no noise, & I followed it out into the churchyard..."); he devotes the rest of the letter to preparations he is making for hop-picking ("...I have been up in town since the beginning of the month. I have made arrangements to go hop-picking, but we shan't start till the beginning of September..."), to news of his professional prospects as a writer ("...I've been busy working. I met recently one of the editors of a new paper that is to start coming out in October, & I hope I shall be able to get some work from them - not enough to live on, of course, but enough to help...") and to news of the tramps he met when last on the road ("....Of the three friends I had before, one is believed to have been run over & killed one has taken to drink & vanished, one is doing time in Wandsworth. I met a man today who was, till 6 weeks ago, a goldsmith. Then he poisoned his right forefinger, & had to have part of the top joint removed; that means he will be on the road for life. It is appalling what small accidents can ruin a man who works with his hands. Talking of hands, they say hop-picking disables your hands for weeks after-however, I'll describe that to you when I've done it..."), he ends with a dig at the established church ("...Have you ever looked into the window of one of those Bible Society shops? I did today & saw huge notices 'The cheapest Roman Catholic Bible 5/6d. The cheapest Protestant Bible 1/-', 'The Douay version not stocked here' etc. etc. Long may they fight, I say; so long as that spirit is in the land we are safe from the R. C.'s - this shop, by the way, was just outside St Paul's. If you are ever near St Paul's & feel in a gloomy mood, go in & have a look at the statue of the first Protestant bishop of India, which will give you a good laugh..."), 2 pages, 4to, "At IB Oakwood Rd Golders Green N.W", [16 August 1931]
- Autograph envelope included.