Letter written by EMC to her mother Eliza Collier, 2 Feb.

Edith Collier, Author

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Feb 2nd
5 Leinster Sq
Dear Mother
I came back from Hardy’s last Tuesday. I went there to stay a week, but they made me stay 2 weeks. The last four days were lovely no rain, so I used to go out for walks on the hills, it is right in the country. Mr & Mrs H – like it so much that they have given up their town house in Manchester. There was great excitement at Hardys last Monday Donald Hardy (second boy) he came home for weekends went back to work Monday when he got there he had notice to go to camp & train in Ireland so he flew home & left early Tuesday, they dont [sic] expect to see him before he leaves for the front. Old Mr Hardy was quite cut up.
Mr Hardy used to make me play the piano my few pieces, he said he liked my playing had such a [illeg.] pathetic [illeg.] | he knows nothing about music, but I always had to play my one piece.
Uncle H- a family & I went to see David Copperfield it was awfully good. I wish you could have seen it – well I haven’t spent much on theatres.
Isn’t a shame about the N-Z boat going down with all the cargo. Don’t you worry over the bombs & Germans
Last time I had letters from you there were three together, there hadnt [sic] been any for some weeks.

Young [illeg.] was at Uncle Heberts yesterday, he is bringing his fiddle round on Sunday. I believe he likes being in London & is very interested in his work. I took Mary Orayer to the late [illeg.] on Sunday & then we had tea & went to Aunt Ada. Mary played. Mary hasn’t left the Academy she only took lessons from Mr Scherek because she didn’t like her teacher The teacher she has now she likes very much & says she is learning a lot from him. The Schereks are not Germans but [illeg.] they say.

C. [illeg.] came to see me yesterday she might be coming to Ireland for a bit. We are going to meet on Sunday & going to St Bartholomew. There is four or five of us going to Ireland. I am going to do some water colours this time. We are going to have models outside. I didn’t paint any heads last time. Ireland is the country to paint. I sent Father a landscape only one not the others it cost too much to send them. The cottage you see in the foreground is quite nice inside. They had a lot of old china & brass inside an old lady over 80 used to live there, but I hear she has just died, so her daughter lives there alone. I dont [sic] know when the cousins are going they haven’t looked yet there are [illeg.] big boats going now.
Love to all from your loving daughter Edith.
Glad to hear Thea passed her exam & Bill.
Sending P.C of Edale church
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253 x 202mm
Letter written by EMC to her mother Eliza Collier, 2 Feb. Written single sided on five sheets of lined paper.
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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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