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Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a prolific writer of fantasy fiction who provided an influence for many who have subsequently written in this field, however, in his later years this Caerleon-born author suffered greatly from financial uncertainty. To ease his situation his friends arranged an 80th birthday lunch at which he was presented with a cheque consisting of donations from them all.

This letter, written by Janet Machen, Arthur's daughter, provides a record of the events of the day.

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