ALS to John Fleming about Kipling's sister, 1913.
KIPLING, Rudyard 1865-1936 Writer
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Autograph Letter Signed (“Rudyard Kipling”) to John Fleming [husband of Kipling’s sister Alice “Trix” Fleming], 3 pages 8vo, Bateman’s, Burwash, Sussex, 20 September 1913.
A letter about the care of Kipling’s sister Trix’s finances, also with a number of references to Kipling’s son (“my boy John”) who died in the First Wold War two years later.
“We’ve been away for a few days and getting John off to school or I’d have answered your letter before. Trix’s account at the Bank stands as follows: (bank deposit; interest; payments since deposit etc. [The total reading:] £520: 19. 1 ¼) I have also put the care of any change in investment of the money to George MacDonald [. . .] I am sorry that a higher rate of interest cannot me obtained for the present but I think you will agree that it would be best to postpone any change until a little later. I am hoping to get to Trix when she comes to Harrow. I should have gone when I was in Suffolk but my time there was cut up by my boy John’s illness. He went down with a bad go of mumps after he was officially supposed to have had them at school and all our arrangements were knocked on the head & all visitors had to be put off. So we had barely a fortnight in the house we had taken near Lowestoft.”
Trix Kipling was the younger sister of Rudyard Kipling. They were sent away from India (and their parents), as was the custom, to attend school in England when he was six and she, three. Their school-house at Southsea later became famous as the House of Desolation (so-called in Kipling's ‘Baa baa, black sheep’). Trix and Kipling were especially close in their childhood and early adulthood and, although various complications - geographical distance; Kipling’s fame; and Trix’s struggle with mental illness - were at times obstacles to this, they remained devoted siblings throughout their lives.
PROVENANCE: This was part of a Kipling family archive that came down through Helen MacDonald, a great niece of Rudyard Kipling's mother Alice MacDonald. Alice's three sisters were married to Edward Burne Jones, Edward Poynter (Artists) and Alfred Baldwin (father of 20th century British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin).
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