MANN 18/13 6
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1948/113: Letter dated 23.ii.48, from Francis Watson at the Wallace Collection to 'My dear Mann' in Dorset, encouraging his to stay and rest for as long as possible: 'we have been remarkably quiet... The Board of Trade began badgering me for your draft memorandum about the Hearst armour some time ago and I sent it off to them with one or two very small verbal emendations. I can however easily add to it you additional paragraph.... Cecil tells me that all is well at George Street and that there is no sign of frozenpipes or even of burgulars - the word has perhaps gone around that they have had most of your possesions!'[
1948/114: Letter dated 24 February 1948 from Robert Cecil at the Wallace Collection to 'My dear Mann': We were so delighted to get your letter and to know that you were comfortable, enjoying youself and really feeling better. Also that you hade decided to stay a little longer. ..' General news about the Wallace Collection and the state of Mann's house,
1948/115: Letter dated 1.iii.48, from Francis Watson at the Wallace Collection, encouraging JGM to stay longer in Dorset: 'it seems a pity to return from the country to London where there is, I assure you, absolutely nothing requiring immediate attention here and at the Tower Kennard seems perfectly able to carry on. He was here last week and found the de Belleval MS which has now gone back to Mme Buttin. I gave here the opportunity to come here an arrange with me a bogus sale of her books to avoid payment in francs but she seems now quite reconciled to the Treasury's treatment of her and I am rather glad to have been able to keep clear of any sub-legal arrangements.' News of the death of a member of staff who had served since 1918 and a note about mistakes relating to Wallace Collection items in J. Lees-Milne's 'Age of Adam'. 'I have looked up my letters and find I gave him most minutely accurate particulars about the pieces he illustrates and he has got them absolutely muddled up in the book which is a pity.'