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TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel (1892-1973). Author of The Lord of the Rings.
Autograph Note Signed ('JRRT') on the reverse of an invitation from The Society, with envelope addressed to J F Wordsworth, Bournemouth, postmarked 20 May 1973. Promising to be present at the dinner despite the digestive disorder from which he was suffering, asking to be left out of 'any wine calculations', though 'All is not lost: I am allowed whiskey ad lib'.
The Society was an exclusive Oxford dining club whose membership included, besides Tolkein, C S Lewis, David Cecil, Nevill Coghill and other Oxford luminaries. Dinners took place under the aegis of members in their respective colleges. This particular dinner was to be held out of term on the 8th of June in St John's at the invitation of Richardson.
 A note on the invitation side, signed by Wordsworth ('JFW') expresses the hope that Tolkein may be able to attend the dinner 'if only for the conversation!'.
'I hope to be present, being v. reluctant to fall out and lose touch with friends for a mere digestive disorder. ...'
Although he had suffered from a severe stomach disorder for some time Tolkien was to die rather unexpectedly after returning to Bournemouth on Sunday, 2 September, from the consequences of bleeding gastric ulcer.
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