Letter to Mrs Mroczkowska (10 April 1969)
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- Authenticity: High (provenance: by descent from the recipient; also included in Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology)
- Publication: A description of the letter was included in Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 1 June 2009.
[Excerpt:] "[In the letter, Tolkien] concludes that 'Poland for its own sake, but especially since it is your country, is ever in my mind'"
[Contents and excerpts:] "Tolkien replies to a letter from Mrs Mroczkowska (the wife of Przemyslaw Mroczkowski), who apparently is on a visit to Britain. He tries to keep his address secret 'from the Press and other intruders who have made it impossible for me to do any more writing especially as I am now beginning to feel my age' and is still rather lame from his accident the previous summer. Mrs Mroczkowska having enclosed a letter from her daughter asking about a thesis she has to present later in April, Tolkien wishes that the daughter had written to him sooner, allowing time for him to offer useful help and advice. He will do his best to send replies to reach Mrs Mroczkowska by 20 April so that she can take them back, but 'it is unfortunate that the next few days are already much occupied. My three sons, my lawyer, and my publisher are all descending on me to settle urgent affairs'