Letter from John Hampson Simpson to Leonard Woolf (31/07/1930)



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Four Ashes




[*Hampson Simpson: Saturday Night File LSW 4/8*]


Dear Mr. Woolf,


Many thanks for your letter.


I am so pleased that [illeg. characters deleted] Mrs. Woolf and yourself consider my talents worthy of such generous encouragement.


I am writing to Mr. R. Savage telling him of your offer and of my intended acceptance.


At this early date the two following points may seem a little absurd.


One.  I should like to revise the dedication of ‘the Greyhound’.  Mr. Forrest Reid has been extremely good to me.  I hope he will accept it.


Two.  My full name is clumsy.  Subject to your approval I should like to use John Hampson.


At present I am at work on a novel 'the White Horse', using a form new to me.  It is shaping well and I feel it is better than any of my other (long) things.  Your kindness alows [sic] me to work on steadily, with out [sic] attempting to catch the eye of a publishers [sic] reader on the watch for light efforts.  I am very greatfull [sic] and excited.


Yours sincerely | John Hampson Simpson [signature]

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Reproduced with permission from Penguin Random House UK Archive and Library owner of the Hogarth Press archive collection, held by the University of Reading Special Collections.

Source: MS 2750/153/6

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Letter from John Hampson Simpson to Leonard Woolf (31/07/1930)



University of Reading, Special Collections

John Hampson Simpson writes to thank Leonard and Virginia Woolf for their offer and that he intends to accept it. He requests to make revisions to the dedication inside his book and asks them not to use his full name. He also reveals that he is working on another novel called 'The White House'.


Handwritten letter signed by Hampson Simpson