Letter to EMC from brother Harry, June 18th

Harry Collier, Photographer

This is one of the letters in our collection. The place and date where it was made are unknown.
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My dear Ed
For the last two hours I have been teaching Rose Leslie to do sums so I am teacher as you are, but in a small & lowly way. I am afraid I couldnt [couldn’t] go out and earn my grub out of one [illeg.] cad like. I have never concentrated my mind nor shown any determination like you possess, although I am only a chicken yet. You have beaten me easily by sheer strength of mind and perseverance. I hope you are getting on well at the College. I suppose you are well cultivated in the powers of observation I noticed when I was down how observant you were becoming it is something worth cultivating. It is wonderful what you see in a person though a stranger, people seemed to wear what they are, on their outward appearance and by observation one can read [illeg.]. I hope you are in no way offended with me I gave Vera a birth-day present and to you who has been my favourite I have given nothing. I had good intentions but never carried them out through being up here last time. Last letter Mum wrote to me and said you practising the cello it is good you have not given it up. Do you intend to go in for higher examination. I should think that having to contend with all your pupils you would be much handicapped but you were always resolute and that carries. This is my third letter tonight which is not bad for me being a poor writer. Jack who has just come in tells me its getting onto midnight so it is best if I want any rest to close. I Hope you are keeping well and not getting brain-fog or delirious [illeg.] as is all the fashion nowadays.

Your loving brother
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210 x 295mm
black and white photocopy on paper
Photocopy of a 2 page letter to Edith Collier from her brother Harry, dated June 19th but the exact year has been cut off the image. The letter is handwritten pen on paper. In the letter Harry praises Edith for her skills of observation and Cello playing and mentions she is his favourite.
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Collection of The Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.
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Circa 1985



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