Moor Green, Birmingham. 1906.
Rare Letter. signed by author. 4pp. ALS. Dated 16th January 1906 to Harry Creswell, on behalf of Austern Chamberlain thanking Creswell for his help in the election of 1906 and written from Joseph Chamberlain’s address in Birmingham. Sir George Herbert Duckworth was now private secretary to Austen Chamberlain. Duckworth was half-brother to Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell by their mother, Julia Princep Duckworth Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephen’s second wife. After the early death of Julia Princep Duckworth Stephen, George took it upon himself to acquaint and introduce the sisters Stephen to “SOCIETY” much to their dread (The Collected Letters and Diaries of Virginia Woolf). Woolf wrote four portraits of he half-brothers, (Moments Of Being, Editor Jeanne Schulkind), Reminiscences, A Sketch Of The Past, Old Bloomsbury and 22 Hyde Park Gate. It is in 22 Hyde Park Gate that Woolf accuses George of physically abusing her. She further elaborates in Old Bloomsbury, accusing as well, Gerald Duckworth, (Duckworth & Co;, publisher of Woolf’s first two books, The Voyage Out and Night And Day), of abusing her, and once again elaborates in A Sketch of The Past.
Neatly written on two sides of one folded sheet of “Moor Green” letterhead writing paper. One central fold. A few tiny miscellaneous marks at the base.
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