Letter from Frances Hodgkins to Barbara Coombes
13 Dec 1945 See transcription
My Dear Barbara
Thank you for writing. So glad you got back safely. This is the shortest letter on all but the shortest day (thank Heaven) & I am old & cold & deaf as one of those silly old persons you wot of in Mr Lear’s book of blessed memory – what a man!
Now comes your Book. Surprisingly good – scintillating in the blues & pinks of a veritable Duncan Grant decoration – plus the jokes. Most lovely of you to give to me just when I needed it most – it really is jolly good.
I felt I had let you down – letting you fade into the Sunset the other evening – alone. I am not to be trusted on a Railway Station – the longing to board the train & be off is irresistible. No more now a proper letter to follow later. You will tell me when you get fixed up?
My love & happy memories of a very cold winterly day – bravely born by you.