Glen Ellen, CA: 1916. Autograph letter signed in black ink onto card stock, 7 x 11 cm, dated Dec. 22, 1916. Written recto and verso entirely in Charmian London's hand, together with the note's original mailing envelope, also addressed by Charmian. The envelope is neatly opened at the top, retains the flap, and has only minor soiling and wear. The enclosed card has minor soil and a faint crease to the upper right corner. Very Good Plus. Item #1150
Sent from Glen Ellen, CA in reply to a letter of condolence she received after her husband's death from Captain Samuel W. Noyes of Texas. The letter opens "Dear People: -", Charmian London then expresses her "heart's best thanks" for their "letter of the 7th" and states near the end "It's a bad thing / Jack was badly poisoned some way." (London's Death Certificate names uraemia following renal colic - ie. kidney failure - as the cause of his death. The Cambridge Guide to English Literature  states '. ..he was an unhappy man who could not reconcile his own success with the things he had seen and endured. He died at the age of 40, perhaps by sucide.'). Thus an unpublished letter from Charmian London written on the one month anniversary of her husband's death, speaking openly to his being "poisoned". Of note is that Jack and Charmian London Correspondence and Papers, of the Utah State University Special Collections and Archives Manuscript Collection, also hold correspondence with Noyes, S.W. dated 1915 July 1, in box 8, folder 5 of their collections.
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