Rudyard Kipling autograph letter to lead sale of family archive at Ewbank's

An autograph letter by Rudyard Kipling is valued at £300-500 ($510-850) ahead of the sale of a family archive at Ewbank's in Surrey, UK on June 25-26.

The lot includes a letter written from Kipling to brother-in-law John Fleming after his sister, Alice "Trix" Kipling, was sectioned.

Rudyard Kipling portrait
The Kipling archive features a wealth of materials relating to the writer and his family

It reads: "One must remember that the attack has now lasted barely three months and it has been taken in hand practically from the first, so one can begin to hope that another few weeks may see the turn in the malady.

"At any rate the fact that she regards the nurse as she does is proof, at least, that she is in sympathetic hands.

"What her demeanour may be to her family and surroundings is a matter that may depend on a hundred causes to which, in a short visit, one has no clue.

"It is to be remembered that in the overwhelming number of mental cases they turn for a while against those who are nearest to them. Our weather is rather cold with a falsely blue sky."

A folding paper fan belonging to Trix that features the autographs of Kipling, the painter Edward Poynter and prime minister Stanley Balwin carries an identical estimate of £300-500 ($510-850).

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