Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 27 April 1943

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
27 April 1943
Place: Glasgow
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001541-3
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

me more than it should (as you were no doubt aware) So eventually, back in London boarding busses, tracking tubes (water colour and underground). They call them 'tubes' not subways here, and of course making out forms in triplicate, quadriplicate and quintuplicate for my fellows artist's [who] were without trunks (steamer trunks) and it meant buying materials if we could find them. Having succeeded in driving Winsor and Newton crazy and nearly breaking the Air Ministry's bank account the goods finally arrived. But so did the trunks. Yes I know you're confused, but so were we so what could be better than to translate our confusion to you. In between all this, while waiting for one thing or another to bear fruit we were again entertained by Mr and Mrs Vincent Massey, visited Kew Gardens, saw some plays, and an old friend or two.
I am rather overburdened with artistic responsibility upon finding that already there are arrangements being made for space in the National Gallery. However imperturbably I visit Kew Gardens with a couple of Club officers unable to resist the cheap quip, while we waited in line for one hour and twenty minutes for afternoon tea in a queue which we originally joined for late lunch, why the gardens were so named. Kew Gardens is a sort of botanical zoo containing enormous quantities of Japanese trees (bad luck) but all was in (were) blossom and so one forgave all.
Then one day the four of us were guests of Sir Jocelyn Lucas and sat at the House of