Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Previously Unpublished Snippet of Rolfe

I have today come across a transcription of a rather amusing letter by Frederick Rolfe, and since it has not been published in any way I thought I would share it here. The letter was in the possession of Anthony D'Offay in the 1960s but goodness knows what has become of it now. There is no date, no recipients indicated, not a place of sending: nonetheless it is an amusing snippet that displays some of the Rolfe's often underrated sense of humour.

"Dear Sir,

I regret that I have not received from you the Subject promised for Wesnesday of Thursday.

Meanwhile I suggest a list of bankrupt peers, to be entitled, "Burke's Stranded Gentry".

Yours faithfully,

Baron Corvo.
Thursday night."

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