KIPLING Rudyard - Autograph Letter Signed 1897 before sailing for South Africa
Rudyard KIPLING (1865-1936)Autograph Letter Signed (“Rudyard Kipling”) to the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company requesting that they forward his policy as soon as possible.
2 pages 8vo, The Elms, Rottingdean, 29 December 1897.
“In regard to Insurance effected with your Company on general furniture &c in The Elms Rottingdean for twelve months - @£600 – I should be pleased if you would forward me policy to above address as soon as may be. I sail for S. Africa on the 7th January and the matter must be settled by my departure. An answer will oblige.”
Kipling had only been resident at The Elms for a few months at the time of writing. Having left the United States in July 1896, the family returned to England and eventually took the lease on The Elms soon after the birth of John Kipling in August 1897. The presence of close family and friends nearby provided Kipling with warmth and emotional support, and the family remained at The Elms for five years, until the purchase of Bateman’s, his final home, in 1902.
However pleasant the house might have been, neither Kipling nor his wife Carrie were able to cope with the damp English winters, and the winter months were to be spent in South Africa annually for the next ten years, with one exception when they travelled to see Carrie’s family in New York instead.
The letter has some foxing, as is frequently the case with Kipling’s letters, but this does not affect the legibility of the letter.
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