Margery Allingham (1904-1966) was a very popular English detective fiction writer, best known for the series of books featuring Albert Champion, gentleman amateur sleuth. In 1927, she married Phillip Youngman Carter and they lived in D'Arcy House in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex from 1935. These personal letters are addressed to Malcolm and Matilda Johnson. Mr. Johnson (1902-1958) was an executive vice president at Doubleday, Doran & Co. and D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc. from 1937-1944. Letter 1 - Dated February 18, 1940. Two 5 1/4 x 7 inch papers, handwritten. D'Arcy House letterhead. No envelope. This letter congratulates Malcolm and Matilda on the birth of their daughter. She states "Being at war is like being in love or having gout . it makes one touchy and spoils the manners." Letter 2 - Dated July 4, 1946. 5 1/4 x 7 inch paper, handwritten on both sides, folded in half, two 1 1/2 tears, not affecting text. Envelope included, large piece of front of envelope missing, including stamp. In this letter, Allingham expresses concern over Malcolm's illness and commiserates over Tillie's "labor problems". Letter 3 - Dated July 23, no year. 4 1/4 x 3 inch card with D'Arcy House letterhead. Handwritten. This letter expresses Allingham's satisfaction that the Johnsons are "coming over" to England, but states that they cannot meet on August 4th. She asks them to call "Pip" (her husband) to set another date. Letter 4 - Dated July 14, 1949. Two 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages, fold lines, otherwise excellent condition. No envelope. In this letter, Allingham asks the Johnsons "would you like a Scotch maid?" and introduces a young woman named Margaret Savage who would be interested. She also mentions the "Haigh business", commonly known as the "Acid Bath Murders", in which John George Haigh was convicted of killing 6 people and dissolving the bodies in acid. Letter 5 - Dated July 25, 1949. Three 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages, typed. Fold lines, 1 1/2 x 1/4 inch chip missing from front page, folded corners, two small brown spots on second page. Not affecting text. Includes air mail envelope with stamp. Allingham goes into more detail about Miss Savage, describing her current situation and her skills. Allingham also gives more details about the Haigh case. Allingham says, "Our own solicitor . seems to have done a bit of business with him over the property of a lady who, he said, had 'gone to Italy'." Haigh was hanged on August 10, 1949. Short handwritten note at end. Letter 6 - Dated August 24, 1949. One 8 1/2 x 11 inch page, typewritten, excellent condition, no envelope. In this letter, Allingham again recommends Ms. Savage. She also informs Tillie that she gave a note of introduction to Malcolm to a friend of hers, Dr. Ronnie Reid, who is visiting the United States. "I should not do this if I was not sure you'd really like him". Letter 7 - Dated October 25, 1946. Two 8 1/2 x 11 pages, typewritten on front side only. Excellent condition, with air mail envelope and stamp. In this letter, Allingham expresses satisfaction that the Johnsons liked Dr. Reid. She also explains that Miss Savage has not been in touch with Mrs. Johnson because Miss Savage's mother had just passed away. Another letter, from Miss Savage to Mrs. Johnson, is enclosed explaining the situation. Allingham expresses the following opinion : "You must be nearly as exasperated with our heaving mountain of a Government and its blessed mice as we are." Letter 8 - Dated January 26, 1950, three 8 1/2 x 11 pages, typewritten. Excellent condition. With air mail envelope and stamps. This letter is full of personal news. It starts with a detailed account of a disastrous visit of a large number of extended family to Allingham's ninety-eight year old grandmother. This letter also relates the conclusion of the saga of Miss Savage, whose father is forcing to stay home to take care of the family. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Collection of 8 Autograph and Typed Letters ...
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good
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