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Letters from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley
A collection of letters from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley.
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    Letter from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1978
    Letter dated 8th of January 1978 from Ted Hughes, thanking Donald Crossley for his watercolours, describing his book with Faye Goodwin and telling Crossley his plans to be in West Yorkshire in February.
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    Letter from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1985
    Letter, with envelope, dated 21st of January 1985 from Ted Hughes, thanking Donald Crosslet for a painting of Crimsworth Dene and apologizing for the lapse of letters after losing Crossley's address. Hughes informs Crossley of news of his fathers death at 85 as well as news of siblings and children before offering his cottage for holidays. Hughes ends the letter reminiscing about two childhood friends and memories he shared with them.
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    1985
    Letter dated 19th of October 1985 from Ted Hughes, addressed to Donald and Hilary Crossley and informing them of Hughes' intention to visit West Yorkshire. He mentions how nice it was to have the Crossley's in Devon - although apologizes for the weather, reiterating his offer for them to borrow it again. Hughes thanks Donald for a paining of 'the Tree', mentioning that it is admired by his 'painted friends', including R. Lloyd. Hughes informs the Crossley's of his inpending tour as the new Laureate - worrying about the preconceptions of the audience before admitting: 'sometimes, fortunately, I don't give a damn'. Hughes finished by mentioning his brother Gerald and his career change to being a full-time painter '-at 65'.
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    Letter from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1986
    Letter dated 1st of December 1986 from Ted Hughes, addressed to Donald and Hilary Crossley and describing their meeting at Heptonstall Church, where Hughes attended a wedding. Hughes goes on to mention the meal they shared, although he has forgotten the name and gives some general directions instead. Hughes talks about somewatercolours Leonard Baskin is doing - mentioning his favourites, before asking if Donald did any paintings whie visiting in the summer and talking about the light in Devon.
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    Letter from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1986
    Letter dated 19th of August 1986 from Ted Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley, apologizing for his absence from an upcoming visit from Crossley, explaining he will be in Canada with his son Nicholas. Hughes goes on to talk about how busy his year has been and wishes that Crossley will catch an Indian summer.
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    Letter from Ted Hughes to Donald Crossley Item

    1998
    Postcard dated 3rd of March 1998 from Ted Hughes, addressed to Donald Crossley thanking him for his letter and sending his congratulations to Crossley's daughter Ruth and her husband. Hughes then writes about Betty Lumb and a memory they shared which he doubts she remembers now - before finishing the letter by mentioning he has sold the farm.
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