RDP Saturday: Copy

It is great that today you can copy almost anything with the computer. I just copied this letter from Vita Nicolson, known generally as Vita Sackville-West, the English writer. My grandmother grew up in the Priest’s House in Sissinghurst castle with her 11 brothers. She was the youngest of them all. They were not rich people, all the boys earnt their living as farm labourers and my grandmother worked in the dairy of Sissinghurst castle. Time went on, and the castle came to the hands of Harold Nicholson, an english diplomat, who was married to Vita Sackville West. It seems my grandmother visited Sissinghurst castle. where Vita had made it a garden paradise. In the meanwhile Vita had become a well-known writer and she wrote this letter to my grandmother after a visit she paid to Vita. Of course this was many years ago and I just knew the facts a little from what my father had told me, and my grandmother.

Some years ago I visited the castle and I was quite proud of my grandmother’s history. She was a country girl that met her husband when he was visiting relatives in Sissinghurst. My grandfather was then living in London, Shoreditch, a cockney area and when they got married that became my grandmother’s new home. I often wondered how she survived the culture shock with a move from the countryside to the East End of London. The only trace I found of Vita Sackville-West and Harald Nicholson were their graves in the Sissinghurst church cemetary.

RDP Saturday: Copy

12 thoughts on “RDP Saturday: Copy

  1. Fascinating! (Two possible typos: I think she worked in a dairy, not a diary. Also second line second paragraph, hussband is hissing a bit much. You can delete the message if you want!)

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      • I’ve found most people won’t look on their own. I suppose it’s partially not being familiar with the magic of Google search or the wealth of information on Wikipedia. Regardless, no harm meant. The letter was something new, I bet, to the whole world of this fascinating person! It was a side of her I was unaware of, and showed her to be a decent, caring person despite her fame from her writings.

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          • That’s an English trait, it seems! I think of cats and lovely gardens when I think of the English. She also was a good role model for girls at a time nurse, teacher, or housewife were pretty much the sole roles available for them. I still am amazed with the life she lived and the courage it took to do what she did in a Muslim society.

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