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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 81, Summer 1999

Hooper's Telltale Letter

On 1 August 1963, while C. S. Lewis was hospitalized, Walter Hooper sentRoger Lancelyn Green a brief letter reporting on Lewis’s condition. That
fateful letter was placed in the Bodleian Library by Green, and a
researcher there recently discovered that it contains two crucially
important sentences:
Major Lewis is expected home in a fortnight. Until then I have been
handling Jack’s correspondence.
That factual statement is a smoking gun.
Hooper has been claiming for 25 years now that on Sunday, 14 July 1963, C.
S. Lewis hired him to stay on in England as Lewis’s private secretary. This
letter is final proof that such was not the case.