ALS signed “Your loving son, Len,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 7.75, embossed White Star on board R.M.S. ‘Titanic’ letterhead, April 9, 1912. Letter to his parents. In full: “I am on the briney [sic] ocean, & leaving Queenstown we passed Cherbourg last night. I suppose you read about our narrow escape when coming out of the docks at Southampton. The sucking power of the propellers was so great that she broke loose another vessel lying outside port and was only an airsbreath from hitting her. I am very comfortable—getting good food & a good bunk, my wages are low but I will let you know all later as I want to catch the Queenstown mail, I am only writing to let you know I am all right. I will write next week sending full particulars about my none too good job. Well good by. I shall come home after the trip as it is cheaper they issue tickets at £1.” Under his signature, Taylor adds a brief postscript which reads, “The boat’s rocking about.” Accompanied by the incredibly rare original embossed White Star mailing envelope, addressed in Taylor’s hand to his parents in Blackpool, and bearing a Queenstown postal cancellation, with a partially-legible date. In fine condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds and some scattered mild soiling.
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