A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

A useful consultant to the paintings and brain of Virginia Woolf, drawn through her husband from the non-public checklist she saved over a interval of twenty-seven years. integrated are entries that discuss with her personal writing, others which are sincerely writing routines; bills of individuals and scenes correct to the uncooked fabric of her paintings; and reviews on books she was once interpreting. Edited and with a Preface by means of Leonard Woolf; Indices.

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6. SLC Dear Mother—It is a mistake. I have never yet coveted a seat in Congress—or in any other place where one must be always servant & never master. But if I had been a Congressman the other day, there would unquestionably have been one protest & one vote recorded against the defilement of the Capitol by an impertinent & offensive foreign political agitator. That is, I think so, but I may be mistaken, for moral coward & Congressman seem to be synonymous terms when there’s an Irishman in the fence.

Reporter, 25 March 1880, p. , Feb. 21, 1880. A Well, Mary, my friend, you must think I am a slow sort of correspondent, & the truth is, I am. You must forgive this fault; it is one which I have never been able to correct. I am a pretty busy person, & a very lazy one; therefore I am apt to let letters lie a long time before I answer them. However, once a year, on or about Washington’s Birthday, I rake together all the unanswered letters & reply to them. I meant to answer the letter you sent me some weeks ago, but waited for Washington’s Birthday to come.

But if I had been a Congressman the other day, there would unquestionably have been one protest & one vote recorded against the defilement of the Capitol by an impertinent & offensive foreign political agitator. That is, I think so, but I may be mistaken, for moral coward & Congressman seem to be synonymous terms when there’s an Irishman in the fence. Livy is an invalid again in a small way, & doesn’t gad around or see company. The children are well & hearty, however. Love to you & Mollie & all, & Merry Christmas too.

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