"One of the Warwickshire bowlers was called Jeeves, and it seemed just the name I wanted..."
IMPORTANT SIGNED LETTER ON THE ORIGIN OF THE NAMES WOOSTER AND JEEVES.
Wodehouse’s letter, dated May 20, 1962, is in response to a letter from G.L.C. “Bertie” Wooster, asking Wodehouse if he had known his father at Clifton College and perhaps gotten the name “Wooster” from him.
Wodehouse writes in full:
Dear Mr Wooster.
I was very interested to get a letter signed by your honoured name! But I wasn't at Clifton. I was at Dulwich.
I can't remember how I got the name Wooster. I think it may have been from a serial in the old Captain, where one of the characters was called Worcester. The odd thing is that the Bertie W. character started out as Reggie Pepper, and I don't know why I changed the name.
Jeeves I got from watching a Warwickshire v Gloucestershire match. One of the Warwickshire bowlers was called Jeeves, and it seemed just the name I wanted.
I have just shipped off a new Jeeves novel to the Jenkins people. It is a sequel to The Code of the Woosters, and has come out very well. It won’t be published till next year, as I have a Blandings Castle story coming out in June and they never like to publish more than one a year.
[signed] P.G. Wodehouse
The sequel Wodehouse refers to is almost certainly Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, published in 1963.
With original typed envelope and a note from G. L. C. Wooster (signed "Bertie") explaining the context of the letter to Wodehouse. Also with a photograph (5x7 in) of Wodehouse.
Remsenburg, New York: May 20, 1962. One page (6x7 inches), on Wodehouse’s Remsenburg, New York letterhead. Horizontal fold, some light browning and foxing. A fascinating insight into the origins of the names of two of the most iconic characters in English literature.
Price: $8,500 .