Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Woodforde-Finden mss., 1914-1927, are letters written by Amy (Ward) Woodforde-Finden, -1919, composer.

Born at Valparaiso, Chile, daughter of a British Consul, she composed: "O Flower of All the World," "Golden Hours," "The Lover in Damascus," "Oh Jhelum River," "The Pagoda of Flowers," and the work for which she is best remembered - "Indian Love Lyrics,"--words by Lawrence Hope (Adela Florence Cory, 1865-1904).

The letters speak of attending concerts, but are primarily concerned with her husband, Lt. Col. Woodford Woodforde- Finden, 1845-1916, brigadier-surgeon, his serious illness and subsequent death. Lt. Col. Woodforde-Finden, 45, Portland Court, was the only son of the late George Corfield Finden of Gloucester-Terrace, Hyde Park. He served with the 11 Bengal Cavalry, the 2nd Gurkhas, and died April 27, 1916. Six letters were written to Miss Clare Fletcher, 22 Morpette Mansions, Westminister, S.W., and the New Empress Club in Piccadilly. The seventh is to Mr. Barstow ..."Thank you so much for kindly sending me the letter for the Chief Librarian of the Reading Room at the British Museum...Please tell the Baroness that I will be delighted to meet her...."

Collection size: 7 items

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