2 pages, 4to." />
26 February 2004
BALFOUR, Arthur James, 1st Earl (1848-1930). Typed letter signed ("Arthur James Balfour") to T.E. Lawrence, 4 Carlton Gardens, 15 March 1922. 2 pages, 4to.
LAWRENCE'S SECRET EFFORT TO HELP THE AGED DOUGHTY. Balfour balks at Lawrence's plan to provide a surreptitious pension to a proud literary friend, C. M. Doughty. Lawrence's scheme, evidently, was to obtain the pension then provide Doughty the money under the pretext of purchasing one of his manuscripts. Balfour resists going along with the slightly harebrained scheme. "Frankly, I do not see what we can do to help a man who refuses--or rather would refuse if he knew anything about it--to have his case openly pleaded!...Your scheme of purchasing one of his manuscripts is very ingenious. But is it workable? Mr. Doughty must know perfectly well, if he thinks of the matter at all, that the market value of his manuscript is quite insignificant; and that if he obtains for it a substantial sum, the money must be due to some form of that charity which he would bitterly resent! Have you tried the Literary Society?" See lot 57 for Doughty's correspondence to Lawrence. Printed in Letters to T. E. Lawrence.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices
Alastair Smart profiles the life and work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us all’ — illustrated with works offered in July