ARTS, POLITICS and  LITERATURE – THE DAILY NEWS. Collection of letters to A.G. Gardiner, editor of The Daily News, the oldest and most widely read Liberal newspaper, by Hardy, Shaw, Beerbohm, Sickert, Arnold Bennett, Masefield, Galsworthy and many others
Lot 154
ARTS, POLITICS and LITERATURE – THE DAILY NEWS
Collection of letters to A.G. Gardiner, editor of The Daily News, the oldest and most widely read Liberal newspaper, by Hardy, Shaw, Beerbohm, Sickert, Arnold Bennett, Masefield, Galsworthy and many others
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 4,880) inc. premium

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Papers of A.G. Gardiner of the Daily News
ARTS, POLITICS and LITERATURE – THE DAILY NEWS
Collection of letters to A.G. Gardiner, editor of The Daily News, the oldest and most widely read Liberal newspaper, by Thomas Hardy (autograph letter of thanks for his "kind congratulations", 12 June 1897); Max Beerbohm ("...I am very grateful to you for complying with the strange request which I steeled myself to make of you. I know what great pleasure my sister-in-law will have had when she read the finely-phrased paragraph..."); George Bernard Shaw (three autograph messages – "you may be right in concluding that what I have to say on the subject is not worth the space it requires. I am not an impartial judge in the matter..."); Walter Sickert and Thérèse Lessore (to Sickert's pupil Lilian Lancaster); Arnold Bennett (series of nine, mostly dating from the war); Hilaire Belloc (two); John Masefield; John Galsworthy ("...I read with chagrin my name in the honours list this morning. For in answer to a late wire received yesterday I had wired refusal [of a knighthood]..."); Theodore Watts-Dunton (letter signed, praising Gardiner's appreciation of Meredith and inviting him to take tea at the Pines which is "so close upon the high road to London, & so near to the cycle tracks"); Sybil Thorndike ("...You have always helped us by your sincere, clear & beautiful writing..."); Admiral 'Jacky' Fisher (typically ebullient group of letters, including a long one of 1911 marked "Please burn when read", describing his campaign to unite the English speaking peoples – "there is a Momentous Change coming in Sea Fighting which makes for it! Isn't Providence wonderful! This is a deadly secret. So burn and don't talk in your sleep! We have got a submarine that carries two 4 inch guns & goes 21 knots & can cross the Atlantic and wants no coaling & can live by herself for 2 months!"); H.H. Asquith (five, on the Gladstone League, the "tissue of absurdities" published by the press about his 1919 campaign, Sidney Webb, Gardner's resignation, etc., 1910-20); his daughter Violet Bonham Carter (regretting publication of, and a reference to Gardiner in, Letters of the Earl of Oxford and Asquith to a Friend, 1934, and averring that her father "set the highest possible value on your judgement, the keen edge & flavour of your mind"); C.F.G. Masterman (reminiscence on Gardiner's leaving the paper); Oswald Mosley (preparing with his political mentor Lord Robert Cecil an attack on the government during the honours scandal of 1922); Lord Beaverbrook; Wedgwood Benn; William Temple, future Archbishop of Canterbury (written as Rector of St James's Piccadilly, a month after the outbreak of the Great War, calling for restraint in reporting supposed German atrocities); and others, the Hardy and Sickert letters with some wear but generally in fine fresh condition
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