Letter by CJD to R.H. Croll 1920.06.12
Thanks for your congratulations on my little effort in the "Age". I have been trying to break in on the great dailies for years and have at last succeeded. Needless to say the pay was munificent. I need never work again. All the same, I rather resent the suggestion that I plagarized Purcell(?). I may have unconsciously copied his style - we all do but it is permissible to take tips from the masters.
What Boys' Annual are you doing the stuff for and what photos do you want? I have several I can lend you. Let me know.
Come along soon if you are coming. We are for Sydney in a few weeks, and Lord knows how long we shall be away. We might go on the America.
I wondered why you hadn't come up or written, but, when I heard the other day that you had been hobnobbing with Eddie Windsor, I knew you had got uppish. But I've heard he is a nice little boy to play with.
When do the knighthoods come out? I am longing to hear the rolling of those r's - Sir-r-r R-r-oberrt Cr-r-roll. The wife says she will set it to music and get Sir-r-r Har-r-ry Lauder-r-r to sing it.
CROLL Collection MS 8910, 1202/1(b) - State Library of Victoria.
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