116401

BRACERS Record Detail

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Collection code 
RA1
Class no. 
210
Document no. 
.007050F2
Box no. 
3.29
Source if not BR 
Recipient(s) 
Malleson, Constance
Sender(s) 
BR
Date 
1920/05/12*
Enclosures/References 
Form of letter 
TL(CAR)
Pieces 
2
BR's address code (if sender) 
SU1
Notes, topics or text 

"I am here at last, in this city which has filled the world with history, which has inspired the most deadly hatreds and the most poignant hopes." This was number 5 in a sequence of 8 "Russia" letters. In the Autobiography, however, it became number 2 as the letters that Colette wrote are not published there; number 2 appears before the letter in this version, which is a typescript carbon of the Autobiography. The letter is on pp. 149-50.

The city he is referring to is Petrograd, Soviet Russia, although the actual letter was not written from there or on the date written on the letter. It was written after his return from Russia on 30 June 1920.

The number 5 has been taken from other versions.

The original letter ended up in the possession of Lady Ottoline Morrell. It is number 1563 in the numbered sequence of letters to Ottoline, document .001563, record 18770.

There are three other transcriptions of this letter:

Document .052467, record 99953 (ribbon copy);
Document .200649, record 19654 (carbon copy);
Document .052458, record 99934 (a different typing).

Filed 
Published 

Auto. 2: 105

Papers 15: 418

Malleson, After Ten Years, 143-6 (excerpts)

Russell letter no. 
RUSSIA LETTER 5
Permission 
Everyone
Thread 
Reel no. 
Frame no. 
Record no. 
116401
Record created 2014/11/02
Record last modified 2016/02/25
Created/last modified by duncana