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INNES, Ralph Hammond (1913-1998). Novelist.
Five Autograph Letters Signed ('Ralph') to Philip and Jeanne Bennett (together or separately), 5 pages small 4to and 2 cards, Ayres End, ca 1989 to 1993. With an invitation to his 80th birthday party and the menu for the occasion, two envelopes etc.
Cordial letters to neighbours who were also friends.
'Just off to Wales in a flurry of switching from morning dress and black tie to forestry gear [he was an enthusiastic forester and owned woodland in Wales and Australia as well at his home in Suffolk]. ... It seems only yesterday you gathered us all at the Garrick; and even if the borsche [sic]hadn't any cream, Jeanne, and the borshce wasn't borsche in your opinion, the food was still very good and the wines delicious. ... I fear the wine and the food will not be quite Garrick at my tented party, and being the day it is, the rain will probably be dripping down our backs. But I do have a harpist and a flautist ... I hope to offer you something other than sausage rolls! ...'
Two letters discuss his wife's illness and her funeral:
'... I was so glad you could both come here to see her off on the greatest of all her many adventurous journeys. Sounds corny, but she loved travel, and quite recently when I asked why she preferred her room to being taken down to the lounge, she said, 'Here I feel I am going somewhere'. ... wasn't it marvellous on the sea shore and everything went so perfectly. ...'
[published 1988]is going vy well indeed, helped of course by you two.

£250 [No: 25117]
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