Malleson, Constance [aka O'Niel, Colette], Letter, 27 November 1940

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Description: 
to Bertrand Russell

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Case Study: 
“Life or Death of the World”: Letters from England and Scandinavia, 1939-1945
Creator: 
Malleson, Constance [aka O'Niel, Colette]
Source: 
letter
Date: 
27 November 1940
Place: Vehmersalmi, Finland
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

Identifier: 
00001236
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

[partial transcription]
Vehmersalmi, Finland, 27 November 1940
My dearest Bertie,
Your letter came with incredible speed: 4 weeks, 5 days: it takes nearly six week to get one from England; and the last lot which reached me were covered in swastikas ...
I can’t have written you, I think, since I left my summer cottage and moved to this farm; yet I feel I have; perhaps because I’ve often seemed to talk, almost out loud, to you. ...
Now that it seems clear England is going to keep her end up, I don’t have the insane urge to rush back. I imagine all the places one loved are now smothered in barbed wire entanglements: all the coasts. Hateful to think of the Strand churches destroyed: do you remember that lovely description of them in one of Virginia Woolf’s books? ...