Letter of the Week
Every week, on this page, we will show a different letter from a selection of letters from Paul O'Prey's books on Robert Graves correspondence In Broken Images and Between Moon and Moon.

Date: 09 AUG 1917

Recipient: Sassoon, S.L. (1886-1967)

Location: The Huts, Litherland

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Army Form C. 348

Memorandum

From: Robert

To: Sassons

August 9, 1917

Dear old Sassons

I don't think of sending the Lloyd man anything. It's a bad principle I think to make oneself cheap, and he might (as Bobbie would say) be a Conscious Object and bring discredit on the dear old Regiment and get me court-martialled and sent to Craiglockhart for contributing to his book. But seriously, I don't believe in advertisements of that nature and I don't think you ought to get anthologized without due regard to your position on the slopes of Pamassus. The Second Battalion is at Nieuport. Old Yates was on leave last night and told me all the news. He says that they're not depressed more than usual out there: they still don't think beyond the mail and the rum-issue. They're again in the Army of Pursuit.

I met Tibs in Chester yesterday: they say he won't be given another command in France: he was too outspoken about the 33rd Division, on the Somme. Young Stan sends his love. Heinemann is going to publish my things this autumn. Enclosed his letter. Say you're pleased: I'll not send in the proofs before you've seen them. Mind you lose them in a railway carriage like I did yours. If you find you have any nice poems lying about that you don't want send them here and I'll change them to suit my mood and let them masquerade as my own like a few words of mine in The Old Huntsman. It will save me putting in what Heinemann calls 'the less successful ones' of my own.

What a disappointment for Rivers to get War's Surprises: it must have justified its title when it arrived. I spend most of my spare time at the Racquet Club hitting about with old John. I am really getting quite fit again now —but not for France. Bobbie wrote that he'll be back here 'in the fold' in about 3 weeks. Yes, this attrition is a peculiarly jolly business. As Lloyd George says: 'Why should we not sing?' and also: 'The Blinds of Britain are not yet drawn.' I'll send Rivers a copy of the Goliath and David (my last) as a token of esteem and regard: salute for me that excellent man. Send me Sorley when you can and also if you can the Elizabethan [Song] Book (though I believe I gave it you). There's a man here who can play them well.

Best love

Robert

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