CLAYRE TENNANT ANSTRUTHER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER UNSIGNED 01/01/1903 - HFSID 273126
[CLAYRE TENNANT ANSTRUTHER]. Autograph Letter, signed in unknown hand [illegible], 2p, 3¾x6, front and verso. 1 Manchester Square, 1903 January 1. On imprinted stationery to "Dear Mrs. Anstruther
Sale Price $144.00
[CLAYRE TENNANT ANSTRUTHER]. Autograph Letter, signed in unknown hand [illegible], 2p, 3¾x6, front and verso. 1 Manchester Square, 1903 January 1. On imprinted stationery to "Dear Mrs. Anstruther". In full: "I had already read that little poem, so serious yet gracious. I liked it well, because though it stated sorrowful things, it did not complain, nor blacken all the world. And as I read I thought of you. I smiled. It was well put, & concisely written and the picture was imaginative. The mistake your unfortunate folk made was in treading on the first rung where all the blood was. What they should have done would have been to be so eager as not to see the first rung at all, & to leap on to the second or the third, grasping the ladder high. Then they would not have slipped for there is little blood upon those rungs. But they approached gingerly, in a tremble, without the passion of battle, without the gaiety of inspiration. Youth should feel that the whole world is in the hollow of its hand. It isn't - but the feeling carries him a good way up - & then he does not mind finding out that he cannot do everything. A very happy New Year to you - Yrs". MRS. ANSTRUTHER was CLAYRE TENNANT ANSTRUTHER, the wife of Scottish soldier and politician Lieutenant Colonel William Anstruther-Gray (1859-1938), who took the adopted name of Gray upon succeeding to the Carntyne estate in 1904, the year after this letter was written. Mrs. Anstruther's works appeared in such British publications as "Fortnightly Review" and publications by J.A. Arrowsmith. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Slightly soiled at left margin on front and on verso of blank integral leaf, light stain on verso touches two words (completely legible). Overall, fine condition.
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