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Letters of condolence after death of C. Day-Lewis, with newspaper cuttings, 1972-1973

Letters, telegrams and cards of condolence sent to Jill Balcon after the death of C. Day-Lewis on 22 May 1972. The letters came from all over the world - from Japan, India, America and Europe - as well as from the Day-Lewis' immediate neighbourhood.

Whilst most of the writers implored 'no answer', the presence of a tick on most of the envelopes (some with the additional word 'answered') and the content of some later letters suggest that Jill Balcon did respond where possible.


  • 1972-1973

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 6681/19-30


The original 'order' of these letters, cards and telegrams has been retained, without chronological or alphabetical arrangement. The letters were in bundles kept together by rubber bands, which have been removed.

Please note: some of these letters have fairly substantial insect damage, which occurred at some point prior to their deposit (due to poor storage conditions). Consequently many are damaged and fragile.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom