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Letter to a dying friend from Roger Mortimer - Charlie Mortimer

Features | By Charlie Mortimer

Roger Mortimer, part-owner of a hurdler, in 1978

Charlie Mortimer has found a lost letter from his father, Roger Mortimer, to a childhood friend, written on the eve of his death

At a recent evening at London’s Hurlingham Club, letters from my father, Roger Mortimer (1909-91), to me in my wastrel youth were dramatised. The bestselling collection of letters, Dear Lupin, was published in 2012. When I arrived at the club, a kind lady gave me a letter I hadn’t seen before. It was to my father’s close friend John Pope, following a bad fall as Field Master with the Beaufort Hunt at Chavenage in October 1978. ...

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