Description: BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-76). A one-page typed and autograph letter, signed, on paper headed, in red, "4 Crabbe St., Aldeburgh, Suffolk" and dated, "9th January, 1951", to Mrs. Betty Coxon, the typed part stating, "Dear Mrs Coxon, Please forgive me not answering your very kind invitation for the 6th. before this. It is very rude of me but I was hoping against hope to get to London on that day and so be able to attend your very exciting party, but I am afraid my work prevented me leaving Aldeburgh and so I had to be disappointed. I do hope that your party enjoyed 'Let's Make an Opera' and that they all sung lustily. Please remember me to your sons. With every good wish to you all. Yours sincerely, [signed in blue ink:] Benjamin Britten." The letter continues beneath, in autograph, "P.S. Was it possibly you who dropped a pot of lovely honey [?]in our door last Summer? If so, our very warm thanks indeed!" Provenance: Betty Coxon and Nick Salaman (by descent). "My family had a long association with Aldeburgh where Benjamin Britten had made his home. Indeed, I think my great grandmother had previously owned the house where he lived at the time of writing this note. My mother had asked if he would like to join our family party in London to 'Let's Make an Opera', a children's musical entertainment he had written. He had wisely declined! I had met him on a couple of occasions later in Aldeburgh with my mother when he patted me on the head ..." (Nick Salaman).
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