Constance Savery: Unpublished Articles CWS

Savery's Unpublished Articles

Savery's biographical pieces will be found elsewhere. As she did with her stories, Savery kept carbon copies of both accepted and unaccepted articles; however, rejected articles became dated quickly, so their carbons might be reused, with one carbon showing up on the reverse side of a carbon from another. This did not contribute to their legibility.

Fine Cathay. April 27, 1945, 2 pp, double-spaced, typed.

When a German train loaded with china was fired upon and stopped on their eastern front, Savery wrote a column wondering about a plan to divert tea-drinkers and suggesting it would have worked better against the English than the Russians. An amusing piece, if inconsequential.

His Lordship's Carriage Waits. Oct. 19, 1948, 3 pp, double-spaced, typed. Revised and resubmitted Oct. 26 as Unorganized Walkers.

There is little danger that this editorial piece will ever be published now that the precipitating event is history. When the Essex County Councillors decided in their wisdom that tramps were entitled to free transportation on county roads, Savery felt some cogent and amusing comments were in order.

Literature for the Ladies. Sep. 7, 1934, 3 pp, double-spaced, typed.

I have not seen The Ladies' Pocket Magazine for 1825. Across the first page of the manuscript Savery wrote
Used in story The Polite Letter-writer published by Blackie.
Savery enjoyed the "pocket magazine's" purple prose and quotes from it liberally, but she is not averse to a flourish of her own:
When these splendour palled on them, the lady readers could turn to the canzonets, love-sonnets and eight-lined stanzas prepared for their delectation. Those pages contained sad revelations. The Rosas and Delacours of prose often married and lived happy ever after, but the Charlotte's and Richards of poetry almost invariably found that heart rhymed with part.

Private History of a Napoleonic Chair. April 13, 1962, revised 1970, 3 pp, double-spaced, typed.

This essay was revised and written out in longhand for inclusion in volume five of the true copy of her work diary that she donated in 1973 to the Knight Library at the University of Oregon. It is family history, because the chair was owned by Savery's cousin, Ella Ibbotson, but it ceased being private history when Savery submitted the article, unsuccessfully to THE TIMES and THE LADY, among other periodicals.
Cousin Ella owned a chair connected rather vaguely with Napoleon. While she was on a vacation, the friend watching her flat did her the favor of stripping it and providing it with new upholstery. Cousin Ella was horrified, but fortunately the upholsterer had not discarded the old material.

Victorian Prizewinner. Sep. 27, 1966, 8 pp, double-spaced, typed.

A note at the top of the page indicates that this is the "old version." It was revised on October 1. Savery begins amusingly enough with an account of her mother's prowess at winning school prizes, moves on to her various prize books, and then becomes entrapped in A.L.O.E.'s Pride and his Prisoners. While the detailed synopsis is sufficiently engaging, its length is disproportionate to the rest of the essay, a fact emphasized by only a single sentence about Savery's mother at the essay's end.

The Whole Art of Advertisement. Nov. 17, 1932, last mentioned in 1953, 4 pp, double-spaced, typed.

Having discovered the wonders of 1794 in issue Number One of the MORNING ADVERTISER, Savery shares them with us. Included are a Fire Rope, a Pocket Luminary, Vegetable Syrup of De Velnos, and, if you had a "genteel address," "genteel and lucrative employment."