Letters From Mervyn Peake (part 4)

Scope and Content

Autograph letters sent to his wife Maeve Gilmore at Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey.

From Guernsey and Sark:

  • ‘My own dear darling’: airmail letter from Guernsey; postmarked 26 June 1957 (1 leaf).
  • ‘1) To canalize my chaos’: list of resolutions; postmarked 26 June 1957 (1 leaf plus envelope, with name of addressee cut out).
  • ‘My darling wife’: letter apparently written on Sark; undated [1957?] (3 leaves).
  • ‘Am writing hard’: postcard of Havre Gosselin, Sark; postmarked 27 June 1957.
  • ‘Darling wife’: postmarked July [1957] (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • 'My own witty darling': undated [10 July 1957: written shortly after Mervyn's birthday, the day For Mr Pye - An Island was broadcast] (1 leaf).
  • ‘My own Maeve’: inscribed ‘Friday’; undated, postmark illegible [1957] (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Maevy’; undated, postmark illegible (4 leaves plus envelope).

From Aylesford Priory, Kent:

  • ‘Loveliest of all’: letter on reverse of unidentified typescript; inscribed 'The Priory'; December 1957 (1 leaf plus envelope addressed to ‘Mrs Mervyn Peake (c/o The pineapple of Salisbury)').
  • ‘Darling Maeve’: postmarked 31 December 1957 (1 leaf plus envelope addressed to ‘Mrs Mervyn Peake (c/o Mr Geoffry Knee-Joint Pearson)').
  • ‘Maeve’: postcard [of the Priory]; postmarked 2 January 1958.
  • ‘Just a line, my precious’: postmarked January 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope addressed to ‘The Bishop of the Canary Islands’).

From Holloway Hospital, Virginia Water:

  • ‘Darling’: postmarked 3 March 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘Dear darling’: inscribed ‘Thursday’; postmarked 6 March 1958 (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Maeve’: 7 March 1958 (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • 'I have "settled in"': letter with illustration [of Mervyn] as patient in hospital bed; inscribed ‘Rush Ward, Virginia Water. Tuesday’; postmarked March 1958 (3 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘I wonder how much more will be added to your drawing-book’: letter to Fabian and Maeve with a drawing of a lion?; postmarked 16 March 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘Maeve’: undated [postmark illegible] (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Dear Maeve – most dear one’: inscribed 'Virginia Water'; postmarked 9 June 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘Darling’: letter with drawing of dog smoking a pipe and a bird; inscribed ‘Tuesday’; postmarked 10 June 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘Dear sweet wife’: postmarked 11 June 1958 (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Dear little wife’: inscribed ‘Holloway, Tuesday’; postmarked 17 June 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘Maeve’: inscribed ‘Virginia Water, Wednesday June 18th’ [1958] (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘MAEVE’: postmarked 23 June 1958 (1 leaf plus envelope).

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