Typescript letter signed to Beaton.

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Was touched by Beaton's thoughtfulness in writing on VE day. Never ceases to admire this particular quality. Has been thinking of the young man who will be writing Beaton's biography in the next century. Is preoccupied with his mother, whose letters seem "exaggeratedly depressed". With regret he is trying to come back home this summer or autumn. Likes America as he feels "freer and younger and more energetic and more able to write" than anywhere else. Has been pursued all over the South by Rosamond Lehmann's face and book. Is not leading a social life except for Emerald's friends. Met Charlie in the Blue Angel and has suffered shades of embarrassment of which he is ashamed. Auden spoke of Beaton with such admiration. Was struck by the "impression of goodness and simplicity". Discusses Enid and his novel. Reminisces about his travels to New Orleans. Asks about Clarissa. Will write again soon.

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