Description: DU MAURIER, Daphne (1907-89). A two-page typed letter, signed, on paper headed "Kilmarth, Par, Cornwall," with a small embossed armorial device, and dated "February 17th, 1979", to Nick Salaman, stating, "Dear Mr Salaman, Thank you for your letter, and I was most interested in your mother's recollection of Caerhayes. I cannot say I know it well, but have seen it from the road, and visited the fine gardens when they were open to the public a few years ago. The present owner if [corrected by hand to 'is'] Mr Julian Williams and I rather think the family of Trevanion died out some years ago. Also the original house was burnt. A book by [scored through] A. L. Rowse, well-known historian and Cornishman, has lately written a book on the Trevanion family, which I think might be of interest to your mother. I have not yet read it myself. No, my parents, my sisters, and myself did not come to have a house in Cornwall until [?]a round [deleted with typed crosses] around 1927-28, and it was not until I was married with two children that I wrote Rebecca - started when my late husband was commanding the 2nd Battalion of Grenadier Guards in Aleaxandria[sic]. We were both rather homesick for England, and for Cornwall! I doubt if I had seen Caerhays at that time, but Manderley, the house in Rebecca, was largely imaginary; the setting Menabilly which in after years we rented, and my recollection of Milton, the home of the present Earl Fitzwilliam, where I had stayed as a child. Thank you again for writing to me, and my kind regards to Edward Fox and Joanna David when you see them next. Yours sincerely, [signed:] Daphne du Maurier." Provenance: Nick Salaman. "Daphne wrote this letter to me in reply to one I sent her about a big house in Cornwall which I thought might have been the source of Manderley in her novel Rebecca. I mentioned that Joanna David, the actress who played the heroine in the TV version of the novel, was a friend of mine and married to my old army chum, Edward Fox. Daphne was kind enough to tell me some interesting details of how she came to start the novel when her husband was stationed in Alexandria and they were both feeling homesick" (Nick Salaman).
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