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HILAIRE BELLOC - ELIZABETH BELLOC CORRESPONDENCE
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Correspondence 1934: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Oct. 25, 1934

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. In this letter Hilaire refers to the rejection of a submission by his daughter Elizabeth to an unnamed journal with a general discussion of the state of the Catholic press in England: "I doubt the new Catholic Herald bring(?) any good. Nothing Catholic in England is. The Catholics are too few & to base to want, except the vast majority who are Irish & therefore not much good at impressing English literature."

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Correspondence 1935: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Feb. 13, 1935

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 3 pages/1 sheet. On the letterhead of the M. S. Lafayette [ship]. Written aboard ship while travelling to France, the letter recounts the events of his passage with a reference to his hopes of future employment: "I hope to get some writing work ... But I should not do much lecturing. I am too old for it. The only form of it worth which at my age is talking to rich women in drawing rooms at 20 L a go in the afternoon."



Box: 1 Fold: 3 Correspondence 1935: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 1, 1935

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 sheets/1 page. On the stationery of the Hotel Fast, Jerusalem. A brief note describing his stay in Jerusalem: "Jerusalem is really all Jewish! The carefully propagated idea that Jews are only a small proportion is a glaring lie. The whole place is swamped."

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Correspondence 1937: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Dec. 5, 1937

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/2 sheets. Addressed from Paris. Reference to an upcoming voyage for Elizabeth and his progress on a study of Louis XIV "Monarchy" [?]: The Revolution in France goes ahead merrily ... It bores me a little because I am old, but it's exciting."

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Jan. 27, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 2 pages/2 sheets. On GK's Weekly Ltd. letterhead. Written to Elizabeth during his visit to Jamaica. Reference to the current political climate in England and the government's censorship of the press.: "The Government continues to control the press much beter than it is controlled in any Fascist country, not a word comes out which we are not supposed to hear."

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Aug. 22, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Reference to past injustices of the British electoral system and of recent travel to France: "I saw nobody in France of our family. Indeed I saw nobody except [F. Y.] Eccles, who was just leaving Paris, ... The town was completely empty."

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to ELizabeth
Sept. 19, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Directions for arranging a meeting between the two and reference to the acceptance of Elizabeth's work by unnamed American publishers: I am glad you got your poems placed in America, and also an article. It is a great thing if one can get the American market, though it is very difficult indeed to understand the nature of it."

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to ELizabeth
Nov. 20, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Reference to ill-health, recent outings in London, and the political climate: "The rich are all in a dither(?) because we can't possibly keep up with Germany & they will have to pay gigantic taxes or slide down. I think they will prefer to slide."

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Nov. 26, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 4 pages/2 sheets. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Description of his living conditions at the Reform Club, travel plans to Oxford and possibly France, and the current political situation in England: "The situation here is very grave, & all the more because there is not press: ... They won't make an army & they won't work hard at armament. It is a deadlock."

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Correspondence 1938: Hilaire to ELizabeth
Dec. 24, 1938

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Reference to the Archbishop of Canterbury "starting a crib" at Canterbury Cathedral and Belloc's opinion of this decision as well as of the Archbishop himself: " He used to be a simple minded fool but he has become hypocritical in old age. I knew him when he was a young fellow at All Souls. How Oxford does stink! But thank God that sort of thing is now dying & will never revive for it is rotten with falsehood of every sort and kind."

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
June 1, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Brief itinerary of his upcoming travel plans to Portugal, Spain, and France.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
March 19, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On letterhead for the Grand Hotel "Terminus", Paris. Reference to his arrival in Paris and efforts to contact his daughter together with a brief discussion of his travels: "I had a fearful bout of influenza in Rome ... it still grips me. But I hope that good food will get rid of it."

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
March 23, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Paris. Discussion of Belloc's opinions on the English position on the threat of Hitler, the role played by the English state in the reconstruction of Germany, and on Hitler: "This new German monstrosity was brought into being by the Bank of England under the orders of which our politicians also helped to build up the new Germany, and now they must take the consequences."

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 12, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains ANS, 1 page/1 sheet. Reference to the publication of Elizabeth's poem "Four Rivers" in a recent edition of "America" : "It is a frightfully good poem! ... write as much verse as you can."

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 12, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains TN, 1 page/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Reference to his work on a study of Charles II ["Charles II: The Last Rally" (publ. 1939)], with handwritten corrections in text of letter by Belloc: "It is much easier to write abroad than in England there is no chance of leisure or quiet."

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 15, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. On Reform Club [London] letterhead. Reference to a social visit with Mr. and Mrs. John Morton, past travel to Rome, and recent bout with influenza.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Correspondence 1939: Hilaire to ELizabeth
Sept. 15, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. Discussion of upcoming travel plans together with advice to Elizabeth on how to obtain a permit for travel to France.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Sept. 9, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. Addressed from the Reform Club [London]. Reference to his concerns over the state of his friends in France, especially [F. Y.] Eccles and Toppy/? Swainer: "There is no news from oregnis(?) France: not a word or line ... I am especially anxious about Eccles & about Toppy(?) Swainer."

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
March 26, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 2 pages/2 sheets. Addressed from Paris. Discussion of Belloc's views on contemporary France: "I often wonder what posterity will make of the sudden breakdown of French taste in our times. To me it is a great tragedy of modern Europe."

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
April 19, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. On letterhead for "The Weekly Review". Discussion of Belloc's views on the progress of the war and reference to the death of Harold Fisher, an Oxford colleague: "Harold Fisher was knocked down in the street the other day and is dead ... I deeply regret his loss. He was the only man at Oxford whom I could respect and who backed me."

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Oct. 9, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains ANS, 1 page/1 sheet. Request for Elizabeth's current address.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to ELizabeth
Oct. 16, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to the effects of the war on Kings Land together with Belloc's opinion of the American press's coverage of the war: "I see the American papers fairly often ... The "New York Times" which our papers quote perpetually is Jewish therefore violently on our side."

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Nov. 7, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Discussion of the war, reference to increased difficulty with his handwriting, and of a planned visit to see --- Rosswell(?): "He's intensely pro-English & he would like to help. But the Jewish won't let him & as you know they are very powerful in all American cities & well orgenised [sic]."

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Correspondence 1940: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Dec. 16, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Reference to loss of contract with the Sunday Times [London(?)] to cover the war: "... they wouldn't renew it because they said they -- which means the London suburbs -- wanted something more cheerful!"

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Jan. 25, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Discussion of the war, reference to several of Belloc's children, and advice to Elizabeth for pursuing her career as a journalist: "I think with your work experience ... you --- [illeg.] build up a permanent connection with 2 or 3 newspapers ... Don't try to --- [illeg.] it -- [illeg.] on the Catholic Press: they are quite useless in this country & pay nothing to speak of."

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
April 3, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Letter informing Elizabeth of the death of her brother Peter, who was serving with the royal navy aboard the HMS "Clyde": "It is an awful blow & must be endured as best one may."

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
April 6, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TN, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Thank you note for recent letter and package received from Elizabeth with handwritten note at bottom of text.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
April 10, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Letter informing Elizabeth of the death of her brother Peter: "It was a violent & catastrophically sudden attack of Pneumonia ... He died in the military hospital at Glasgow, whither he had just returned with the fleet, having been out at sea for a few days with his Battallion [sic]."

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
June 7, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to the Requiem Memorial Mass to be held for Elizabeth's recently deceased brother Peter.

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
July 19, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to Elizabeth's recent meeting with Fr. [John] O'Connor, advice on the government's wartime policy on the circulation of English currency, and his opinion on writings of the Bronte sisters: "The Brontes were the special fruit of Calvinism, a philosophy which profoundly affected the less happy of the Victorians."

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
July 29, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from the Reform Club [London]. Reference to Elizabeth's recent meeting with Mons. John O'Connor and visit to the Bronte family homestead, Belloc's opinion on the influence of Calvin on Emily Bronte's writing, and relation of her brother Hilary's whereabouts: "It is astonishing what can be accomplished by one man's writing! Calvin introduced a sort of diabolism into European thought which has done a great deal of work and all to the bad."

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Aug. 22, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Confirmation of Elizabeth's new address and reference to the book "Places" recently read by Belloc.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Correspondence 1941: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Nov. 26, 1941

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Discussion of the war's effects on the delivery of mail: "I think there is a great lack of sorters in the Post offices and severe confusion."

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Correspondence 1942: Hilaire to Elizabeth
March 14, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to the English government's control of the press during the war and request to be remembered to several members of an unnamed oratory Elizabeth is planning to visit: "There is precious little news here for you or for anybody else. The government is not releasing much, and what it does release is not particularly informing."

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Correspondence 1942: Hilaire to ELizabeth
May 6, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Discussion of mail service and upcoming plans.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Correspondence 1942: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 23, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains TN, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from King's Land. Reference to the religious statue Elizabeth sent as a present to her father.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Correspondence 1942: Hilaire to Elizabeth
May 16, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 2 pages/1 sheet. On Kings Land letterhead. Reference to recent events at Kings Land and request to be remembered to Fr. [A. Charles] Heurtley [Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham].

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Correspondence 1942: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Sept. 26, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 2 pages/2 sheets. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to Elizabeth's visits with Fr. [A. Charles] Heurtley [Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham] and Jack Squire as well as Belloc's opinion of the war's progress and of U.S.-Europe relations: "People must have found out by this time that Americans do not understand Europe. Neither do we understand Americans; but we are less tempted to attempt it than they are to attempt understanding us."

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Correspondence 1944: Hilaire to Elizabeth
June 18, 1944

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from King's Land. Reference to a check enclosed for L10 and the loss of an assistant to help him with his work.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Correspondence Undated: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Undated

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from the Reform Club [London]. Reference to Belloc's recent correspondence with an individual named Hesketh -- Raymond Hesketh, OSB, or Hesketh Peterson -- regarding his recent work on English history: "Hesketh's experience was very interesting because most people are still steeped in that false offical histoy which warps all English life."

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Correspondence Undated: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Undated, c. 1942

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. Reference to recent correspondence with Fr. A. Charles Heurtley of the Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham and complaint of worsening handwriting.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Correspondence Undated: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Undated

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Discussion of Belloc's opinion of the war with reference to Fr. George Tyrell: It is a fearful thing this sacrifice of these young lives solely to satisfy Prussian vanity. We are paying a fearful price for that ididic [sic] policy of supporting Prussia for so many years!"

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Correspondence Undated: Hilaire to Elizabeth
Nov. 8, no year

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS, 1 page/1 sheet. Addressed from Kings Land. Reference to Belloc's acquaintance with Anthony Pollen.

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