George Orwell Letters to George Walford

Prior to writing 1984, George Orwell wrote these letters to George Walford. George Walford (1919 – 1994) was a student of systematic ideology. – Trevor Blake

 

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CAN 3751

27 B Canonbury Square
Islington
London N1
30.6.45

Dear Mr. Walford,

Many thanks for your letter of 26th June, and for the pamphlet “The Intellectual and the People.” I have read it with interest and would like to discuss it with you. I have been working along somewhat similar lines for many years, in an unsystematised way. Like you I am up to my neck with this election, but I would like to meet later if you care to ring up. The above address will generally get me.

Yours sincerely,

GEO. ORWELL

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CAN 3751

27 B Canonbury Square
Islington
London N1
17.8.45

Dear Mr Walford,

It isn’t you who owes an apology, it’s me! I never turned up that evening. It went out of my mind, and only afterwards when I looked at my diary did I see that I had had the appointment. I suppose you arrived a few minutes late and assumed that I had already given up waiting. I couldn’t write to apologize because I had as usual lost your letter.

By all means let’s meet. I am going away for a holiday in September but shall be here till about the 10th. My bad evenings are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, otherwise I am usually free in the evenings. How about for instance Friday 24th at the Crete at 6.30 pm.? If this suits you I’ll engage to turn up this time.

Yours sincerely,

GEO. ORWELL