Posted by Pat Bryan on January 15, 2007 at 14:53:23 from 126.96.36.199:
In Reply to: Re: Alfriston posted by Paul on January 14, 2007 at 21:59:34:
Paul - an interesting inscription in your copy of Some War Impressions. "The Bill" of course could have been JF's son-in-law John William Sturt Milnes, who married Gillian at St Martin in the Fields in 1921, although I don't know about the "Pa". Perhaps that's what Milnes called his father in law (it's what my own son in law calls me. Or, is it written as the diminutive of "Pennsylvania"? In which case, the book might have belonged to one of Blanche's family; I'll get out my correspondenece file with her nephew, Hughson Hawley III and see if there are any clues.
Like you, I came to Farnol through my father, who had a copy of "The Amateur Gentleman" in the house (as I tell in the foreword to my bio of JF). And, like your father, I was never particular as to the condition of my JF collection, mostly made in Canada in bookstores from St John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C., which is why many of my copies are from Ryerson Press. My own copy of "Some War Impressions" is virtually mint (although I have opened it myself!), which I obtained along with a similarly mint copy of ABFJ back in the very early days of the Farnol Forum for an outrageously low price from the son of a Mr Currely in, I think, upper New York state.
It's pleasant to have a new voice join us in the Forum. Welcome.
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