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TCG Letter #1112

Geoffrey B. Smith
J.R.R. Tolkien
February 3, 1916
G.B. Smith writes to Tolkien at Brocton Camp, thanking him for the letter he wrote to him. Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull note that "Tolkien probably mentioned a training course, as Smith says that he too has returned to his regiment after time spent on instruction. He encourages Tolkien to try to get his poems published, to write to Sidgwick & Jackson or anyone else."

In a touching moment, Smith says that his "chief consolation is, that if I am scuppered to-night … there will still be left a member of the great T.C.B.S. to voice what I dreamed and what we all agreed upon."

He presses Tolkien to publish his poems, urging him to "make haste, before you come out to this orgy of death and cruelty".
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), pp. 84-5 (The T.C.B.S. was began during the Summer term 1911 at King Edward School. See various entries re. T.C.B.S. and TCBS.)
Family papers 2/2(1)
J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, p. 31 (item 53 contains a long excerpt from this letter)

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