The Nachlass of A.N. Prior
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From Arthur N. Prior to Mary Prior on 27/08/1954

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26 Wade St.1 Wadestown Wellington Saturday, 27/8/54 Darling, It’s 2.15 a.m., I’m at last in bed at the end of the 1st. day of Congress, wh. has gone very pleasantly. Picked up Jack in town this yesterday morning brought him up here for lunch. He was
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1 This letter has been edited by Martin Prior, David Jakobsen and Peter Øhrstrøm. 2 Elespie Prior (born Forsyth, 1919-2013) was the wife of Ian (see the next footnote). 3 Ian Amberry Miller Prior (1924-2009) was the half-brother of A.N. Prior. He and his wife lived at the address of this letter. He was a cardiologist and a prominent member of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear movement. 4 Charles Brasch (1909-1973) was a cousin of Elespie and a well-known New Zealand poet. 5 The ‘Ryle tube’, a thin flexible tube of rubber or plastic, which is inserted into the stomach through the mouth or nose of a patient and is used for withdrawing fluid from the stomach or for giving a test meal. [ J.A. Ryle (1889–1950), British physician] (Source:
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6 This is one of the nicknames Prior used of himself in letters. Martin recollects ‘Skiggers’ and assumes that ‘Skig’ is an abbreviation. •  University of Copenhagen •  Aalborg University •