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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

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This sad letter from AE Housman is so sad that the only buttons strong enough to button up his emotions are comical in their massiveness, like a clown's buttons.
Jan 17 1923

My dear Pollard,

Jackson died peacefully on Sunday night in hospital at Vancouver, where he had gone to be treated for anaemia, with which he had been ailing for some years. I had a letter from him on New Year's Day, which he ended by saying "goodbye". Now I can die myself: I could not have borne to leave him behind me in a world where anything might happen to him.

Yours sincerely,
AE Housman
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