19 May 2004
LADY (JEAN) CONAN DOYLE
Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. A series of 10 autograph letters signed and one letter signed to Jean Conan Doyle ('You dear little Angel', 'My own sweet love', 'My own Girlie'), Pittsburg, Cleveland and Cincinnati, 19 - 26 April , together approximately 10 pages, 8vo and 4to, envelopes (letters of 19 and 21 April torn at left margin).
Affectionate letters written during a period of separation in the course of one of their American tours. In Cleveland, Conan Doyle rues a confusion over his packing, which has deprived him of his dinner jacket -- 'It only means that I honour Cleveland with a white tie'; the other annoyances of travel are a frequent theme, the writer's mood evidently not being improved by separation from his wife -- 'I had a fearsome journey, turned out at 6 AM at a Junction, saw reporters & on in another train reaching here at 10'; Pittsburg is 'a hateful place - hell upon earth ... Oh it is a hole'. There are a number of practical suggestions for their future itinerary -- 'What says my own love & guide?' - along with the oddities of the celebrity life: 'Sitting in my night dress. Nothing to read all day but the Bible which is interesting but old fashioned rather'; 'Paper here says I am a nice old Gentleman ... I'd like to have 3 rounds with him!' (illustrated with a stick-man sketch of a boxing scene). Above all, there is constant admiration for all Jean does -- even when she is offending the Hearsts ('All you do seems to me very perfect') -- especially for her handling of the Media; and a longing to be reunited: 'Oh my love it will be good to see your dear kind eyes once more'.
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