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Letter to Mrs Robertson

Mrs Robertson 28 April 1972.jpg

On 28 April 1972, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Mrs Robertson.[1]

  • Publication: None.
  • Description: 1 page (typed letter), signature in blue ballpoint, 4to, Merton College, Oxford.

From the auction

Typed letter signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien"), to Mrs Robertson, apologising for the delay in replying, caused by "a lengthy and somewhat troublesome process settling into rooms in College", and hoping she might visit Sidmouth again: "May I say that I have booked at the Belmont for one week, August 22nd to 29th, for myself, my daughter and my charming grandson Simon"; with a postscript discussing their respective Canadian connections; docketed with date of reply.

Included in the lot is a letter signed by Tolkien's secretary, Joy Hill, thanking Mrs Robertson for her letter of condolence on the death of his wife – "The Professor found your letter a great comfort".[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lot No: 188, Sale 20751 - Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Historical Photographs, 19 March 2013 London, Knightsbridge", (accessed 16 March 2013)