1924. 2 pages (75 lines), folded in quarters. Jeakes House, Rye, Sussex, Dec. 3, 1924. very good(+).
Aiken replies at length to a Mr. Emery, who has asked him to defend himself against the charge of introducing immoral or smutty episodes to his poems, specifically "Punch". "...The request staggers me! It's very much as if you reproached me for not believing in the devil......If it offends you then it must be that parts of life itself offend you......I suggest that the person who needs to defend himself is the person who is afraid of the truth ....the person who, were Shakespeare or Rabelais alive today, would do all in his power to blind or imprison them." An eloquent exposition against "Mrs. Grundy"