Edward Lear Drops Holman Hunt’s Letters (An Unpublished Letter)

The following is a note Edward Lear sent to William Holman Hunt explaining what happened to two of Hunt’s letters Lear was supposed to post from London. There is a short reference to the accident in today’s diary entry (19.ix.64):

3 PM. 19. Sept. /64
Stratford Place.

My dear Daddy,

I was miserably vexed this morning at what happened to your letters ― tho’ as no harm has come of my mishap you may forgive me. In taking out a letter from my jacket ^[front] pocket, I took out 2 of yours by mistake, & replaced them inadvertently in the similar pocket of my overcoat. This latter, finding myself too warm in walking, I took off, not supposing there was anything in the pockets, but unfortunately the 2 letters fell out, & were ― luckily, ― picked up by the man who brought down my luggage ― who posted them at the station. The 3 letters I posted myself. Thus, you see, your letters will not reach their destination sooner than they would have done from Burton. I was immensely disgusted, & shall remember a double pocket in future. I do not remember any such accident ever happened to me before.

Take care not to do too much with your lame leg.

Your affly. E. Lear.

I found a letter from F. Lushington: Mrs. F. is better, & they are going[.]

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4 Responses to Edward Lear Drops Holman Hunt’s Letters (An Unpublished Letter)

  1. Pingback: Monday, 19 September 1864 | Edward Lear's Diaries

  2. timewilson says:

    Reblogged this on animatetim and commented:
    here is an interesting Lear-based story

  3. John Spence says:

    I came here by following tim wilson’s blog at Zontul films where he has also done a charming drawing of showing how Lear lost these letters. He is making a film about Lear and I think maybe you should be in touch. Do not be misled by the politics on his blog- he spent time in Greece and I think lived in or near Lear’s apartment in Corfu town. I have very much enjoyed looking at the rest of your blog too! Many thanks. John

  4. Pingback: A Day in the Studio with Edward Lear | A Blog of Bosh

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