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  • CRS/2/2/4

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2002
    Letter dated 1st December 2002 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley complimenting him for his work as Ted's representative. Hughes goes on to write about the poem: 'the Mantel Clock ticks in the Lonely Parlour' and identifying its inspirational location as the 'Bessie house'. He goes on to reminisce about shooting with Ted - both as children and into later life, complimenting Ted's shooting prowess but also describing him as a 'true conservationist'. Hughes also comments on the 'Britton's Grave' - mentioning that the rock was embedded and giving Crossley further directions to assist in finding it. He ends the letter by writing about the 'Ashes' and asking Crossley to call in on Hilda as she has been unwell and it is her birthday soon. On the outside of the letter, there is a note wishing Crossley a 'happy Christmas' and thanking Crossley for the Foundry pictures, accompanied by a small note about Ted firing arrows, made of nails, into the roof.
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  • CRS/2/2/5

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 24th of March 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him for the pictures he had sent in his last letter to Hughes, before commenting how much he misses Ted. He goes on to talk about Stanley Boocock's henpen and the damage a fire has done to the surrounding area - before mentioning a drum they had hidden which they would beat. Hughes mentions the poem 'Two', confirming Crossley's idea that it was located around 'Sugar-Loaf Hill' and reminiscing about their childhood and a shooting mishap. Hughes offers to copy some targets of his and Ted's from a shoot-out they shared in Devon - before ending the letter with a short story about launching gliders off 'Sugar-Loaf Hill'.
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  • CRS/2/2/6

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 13th of May 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley congratulating him on his location of the 'Tree with the Bilberried Bank and the T stream' and mentioning the idea of Ted's poem being accompanied with the photo in future reprints. Hughes writes about his experiences of finding memories in Ted's poems - before talking about his and Ted's childhood, shooting pigeons and going fishing. He talked about Ted's mentality that killing animals was only for food and to only take exactly what was required - an idea shared by his wife Joan.
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  • CRS/2/2/7

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2003
    Letter dated 29th of November 2003 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley wishing him a happy and safe Christmas. Hughes writes that he has informed Olwyn of the pictures Crossley has sent him and thanks him again - before going on to write about an on-going health problem he is experiencing with his eye which is coming to an end following surgery. He writes about a collection of Ted's which has been recently published with a copy being shipped to him, by sea. Hughes then mentions he has written to a mutual acquaintance and writes about other mutual acquaintances and where they are now - before mentioning his friends from his time in North Africa. Hughes writes about the tourist arriving at the Mornington Peninsula, family visits and the summer heat they are experiencing - commenting on the bushfires. On the envelope, Hughes thanks Crossley for some pictures which arrived just as he was posting.
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  • CRS/2/2/8

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Letter dated 3rd of February 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking Crossley for the photographs he had sent and writing about the poverty of his childhood and about the absence of cars. Hughes goes on to write about post-war sentiments that are shared between him and his father - and the fear of invasion. He then writes about the 1 Aspinal St. being up for sale, commenting on the price and the photo which accompanied the article, correcting a caption of a photo supposedly of Ted and their father but actually of Gerald - before offering to send some early photos of Ted. Hughes comments on the white mice they kept in a rabbit/mouse house in the front garden of the property, then mentions his appreciation of Crossley's anecdote in the paper, from when Ted put a frog down Miss Lumb's dress and asks if Herbert Lumb is still alive. He goes on to comment on the destruction of Stanley's hut - and writes an anecdote about a hut his father had.
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  • CRS/2/2/9

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Letter dated 26th of August 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley congratulating him on becoming a grandfather, before relating information from a letter from his mother - Olwyn and Ted's birthdays and the location of their births. Hughes then explains the birth place of his father and the circumstances which led to him recieving the Dem in 1914. He then writes about the location of their childhood camping sites.
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  • CRS/2/2/10

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Postcard in envelope dated 26th of August 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley with a painting on one side of 'Arthur's Seat' dated 1994 and an inscription on the back explaining the importance of the location painted.
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  • CRS/2/2/11

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2004
    Letter dated 4th of November 2004 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley describing his wife's cancer treatment before writing about camping with Ted, accompanied by a map to help Crossley locate the campsites they used as children.
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  • CRS/2/2/12

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2005
    Letter dated 21st of April 2005 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him of pictures of the house and Red Acre Wood - before commenting on the price the house fetched on the market. Hughes comments on the quality of the condition the house is currently in - and describes his attic room from his childhood and shared memories of building gliders with Ted. Hughes goes on to write about Ted's room and hearing Ted sing in the toilet, before commenting on how much he misses him. He writes about how he cannot remember the house in Hebden Bridge but offers to research it. Hughes then writes about the 'Ted Hughes Station building', his own memories of delivering parcels there when he was younger and catching a train from the station after his last visit to see his uncles Tom and Walter, before being stationed in South Africa and about his cousin, Jimmy. He comments on a memory of two girls walking him to the train, and how the valley remained his and Ted's true home - which is why he is so pleased he is being commemorated there, before finishing the letter informing Crossley of Joan's recovery from cancer.
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  • CRS/2/2/13

    Letter from Gerald Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    2005
    Letter dated 8th of July 2005 from Gerald Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley commenting on how quickly time seems to be passing - before writing about the memory of him and Ted getting ice cream in exchange for helping out and how it was the best ice cream he'd ever tasted. He goes on to write about another memory - when a gas ometer was being removed and how it collapsed and nearly hit a friend. Hughes then writes about his wife's recovery from cancer and is now starting to paint again - before writing about the Ted Hughes centre at the station and suggesting Crossley ask Carol for the 'Iron Man', which he thinks is being kept in a barn in Devon. He finishes the letter asking for sympathy for their cricket team and with a post script about the drought.
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