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HODGSON, Ralph (1871-1962). Poet.
Poems, London, 1917, first edition, inscribed to C.M. Hopkins 'from W.B.H.' on the free front endpaper, bookplate of Peter Scupham. With six Autograph Letters Signed from Hodgson to Mrs Hopkins, 7 pages 8vo and 4to (1), 1918 where dated, five from Brittania Barracks, Norwich, and one from the Anti-aircraft & Reserve Brigade.
A group of largely social notes to a woman, who, with her husband, had offered Hodgson hospitality and friendship during his stay in Norwich.
'May I come to you on Saturday ... I may be Orderly Officer on Sunday ...'
'... I had not forgotten to send the book ... I blush to have to let it come to you with the inscription on the fly leaf ... Picture the author: tall, fair, decidedly handsome, - at home among all the 'movements' - a gifted etcher and draughtsman - excellent in verse - serious about most things - good talker in sweeps and gasps most like her writing. Works in her Tower Room - a room at top of her peoples' house on Shooter's Hill when not in Town having tea. This will help you to know her book.'
'... Yes, tell your husband, it's ridiculous that Verner should be going - and at just this moment. Tell him, too, to keep that pamphlet (if he can) till I come.'
'What a churl I am for not acknowledging those books you returned. Lazy, but sufficiently punished by remorse. Lady Verner was asking after you yesterday; they go their new house (Aspland House, Aspland Rd) on Tuesday.'

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