Scope and Content

Contains the following autograph letters:

  • Postcard from Mervyn Peake to his brother E L Peake [Ernest Leslie Peake] interned as prisoner of war in Singapore, postmarked 28 April 1945, stamped: 'returned in undelivered [illeg] from territory formerly [occupied] by Japanese forces'.
  • Airmail letter from Lonnie [Ernest Leslie Peake] in Calcutta to Mervyn and his wife Maeve, 18 September 1945.
  • Letter from Lonnie in the USA to Mervyn and Maeve, 3 December 1945 (3 leaves).
  • Letter from Lonnie in the USA to Mervyn and Maeve, 17 January 1946 (1 leaf and envelope).
  • Letter from Lonnie in the USA to Mervyn and Maeve, 26 February 1946 (2 leaves and envelope).
  • Letter from Lonnie in the USA to Mervyn and Maeve, 1 March 1946, with copy letter of the same date to 'The Agent' of 94 Wepham (3 leaves).
  • Letter from Doc [Ernest Cromwell Peake - known as Doc, Dok or Dokkie] on board SS Menelaus to his son Mervyn and daughter-in-law Maeve, 14 December 1945 (1 leaf and envelope).
  • Letter from Dok in Hong Kong to Mervyn and Maeve, 7 February 1946 (1 leaf and envelope).
  • Letter from Dokkie in Hong Kong to Mervyn and Maeve, 15 February 1946 (2 leaves and envelope).
  • Letter from Maeve to Mervyn, undated [probably dates between late 1942 and 1944 as it is sent from 94 Wepham] (1 leaf).
  • Letter from Maeve to Mervyn, undated [probably dates somewhere between 1943-1945 as Maeve Gilmore addresses Mervyn as her 'dearest companion of 7 years' - the couple met in 1936 and married in December 1937] (1 leaf).
  • Postcard from Maeve to Mervyn at the Convalescent Home for Officers, Brighton, 29 April 1962.

Arrangement

By correspondent, then chronologically

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Not Public Record(s)