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The Clemens

Augustus D. Clemens, Jr.
1) Genealogy and Biography...
2) Mr. A. D. Clemens Dead

Mary Bordley Clemens
Obituary: Mrs. Mary B. Clemens

Augustus Ducas Clemens

Eleanor Collins Clemens
1) San Antonio Debutante Becomes Maryland Bride
2) Debutante Announcement
3) Engagement Announcement
4) Brides Are Busy
5) Wedding Announcement
6) from Eleanor in Italy 1950s(?)
6) to Eleanor, a Colonial Dame
7) to Eleanor, from a Joy descendant

Elizabeth 'Becky' Rogers
1) A Bird in Hospital Cage
2) Death Claims ‘Becky’ Rogers
3) Miss Elizabeth Rogers – ‘Becky’ Rogers Service Friday

The Family Home
Living room


Letter - from Eleanor in Italy 1950s(?)

[original handwritten letter, two pages, four sides, with stationery heading in upper left corner of each page of ship with flag and text:]

Societa di navigazione

[printed text on upper right:]

m/n "Vulcania"

[text of letter:]

Flash: Boo surprised us by meeting the boat also Boots & Russell - so dumbfounded forgot to mail this yesterday – everyone fine - Can't believe I'm home & Reality!


Dear Sweetie

Were due in Halifax in an hour very foggy & dismal out my porthole. We've had a fun time aboard - the group aboard reminds me of Outward Bound there really are some characters - played bridge & read a lot - Norman won the Ping Pong Tournament and the Golf and the bridge - He was awarded 3 lovely prizes at a Gala dinner last evening. We've enjoyed the Tom Offutts from Baltimore - somehow related to Courteny Meyer (Lyon side) also a gay couple from Rome & the most charming American Counsel's wife from Naples - about 50 passengers - The food is gourmet & we have caviar or paté every night & so the twelve days has flown. Norman has lamb chops for breakfast. We've really had a fabulous vacation - it could not be improved upon. The wedding the most interesting of all from the point of view of being thoroughly Italian - every thing else we did I suppose was somewhat touristy but we've had the time of our lives - don't suspect another holiday like it - suppose from now on we'll have a child or two along - do hope in a couple years from now we can rent all our houses for the summer & spend it in Europe. Alie made our stay at the Cocumella very comfortable - She had just redone her bedroom & bath in time for our arrival & it is quite lovely - I felt like a Duchess in it. Every morning the little maid Conchetta would come in & make a fire in our corner fireplace - pull the blinds open the outside shutters & tell us "Good morning it's a lovely day" - she was always so fond of Joy - then breakfast arrived by two waiters & the day began.


Went ashore at Halifax - phoned home - Nurse was so surprised - all is well. Carla & Billy spent the weekend in our house - Gay amazed he could not speak English & he evidently amazed at Alexandra being only two & so smart - They took the Buick & left for N.Y. & Florida for a couple weeks - Nurse said there was so much snow on Thursday that the schools were closed. Nick meets us in the station wagon - we have so much luggage that Alie wanted over here - most of it empty as she & Gigi fly over in September & will go back by boat.

Don't know how I'm going to adjust to my former life & suppose Nurse will want a week off immediately - Boo is visiting the Laymans part of her vacation & I hear going to Nausea [sic] too - also Peter conveniently had himself invited nearby with a school mate - I like him in a way but not the MONOPOLY all the time...

I can't remember what I have written to you about the Sorrento part of the trip you will just have to clue me for any details forgotten - There were two Princesses - a Prince (kissed my hand & clicked his heels) & a Duke & a member of the Cologne family at the wedding - about 175 guests - an 8 course feast & finally the bride & groom departed at about 4:30 for Rome (a 3 hr drive) Alie & I collapsed into our apt. She a little sad but pleased - it was a lovely wedding.

Love - E


Copyright 2002 Gabriel Brooke, (website). Transcription and editing: John Thomas, (website). Design and production: Marc Kundmann, (website).