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Collection Crafts Study Centre
Correspondent Margaret Alexander
Description Letter written by Margaret Alexander to Edward Johnston, thanking him for his inspirational teaching. (See general history for a transcription).
Part Of Series Section included in Edward Johnston's teaching notebook
Id Number Current Accession 2/loan 12.41
Location Creation Site Ecchinswell, nr. Newbury, Berkshire, UK
Subject archive, letter, correspondence, writing
Measurements 25.5 x 20 centimetres
Material ink on paper
Ink blue, black
History This letter was found inside a teaching notebook, kept by Edward Johnston from 1920 to 1931. It includes a section, which Margaret Alexander, a student of Johnston, began writing on 12 September, 1931. This covers lessons from 25 August, 1930 to the 30 May, 1933. There are also sections by other students.

Margaret Alexander writes:
"I want to thank you, but it seems to be the most difficult letter I have ever had to write, and I think you will understand the reason, When one has had the kind of help and inspiration you have given me, conventional thanks are quite impossible, and it even seems to me a sort of impertinence to send you such a tiny cheque, after your great generosity in giving me so much of your time. I do not suppose you know quite how much your help means, and must mean to everyone. Your practical help is invaluable, but what I specially appreciate is the way in which you have "illuminated" the work for me, and given me a new vision about it.
It must seem strange to you, and I am rather ashamed to admit it, but it had not seriously occurred to me before to raise the question "Why;"!
It is extraordinary how quickly you were able to put your finger on all my faults and weknesses, and to help with them in such a real and understanding way. It is extremely kind of you and Mrs Johnston to ask me to come for a weekend, and it is lovely to have that and my fourth lesson to look forward to.
I will write to you at the beginning of October, as you suggested, to see when it will be most convenient for you to have me.
With very best remembrances to you and Mrs Johnston
yours sincerely
Margaret Alexander

P.S. I enclose a cheque for 5 guineas, with many grateful thanks to you for reducing your terms for me. I think 500 guineas a lesson, nearer the right price!"
Rights Owner Managed by the Crafts Study Centre.
Style Period Period 1930s
Technique hand-lettering
 

 

 

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