Brave New World novelist Aldous Huxley was diagnosed with cancer in 1960, at which point his health slowly began to deteriorate. On his deathbed in November of 1963, just as he was passing away, Aldous – a man who for many years had been fascinated with the effects of psychedelic drugs since being introduced to mescaline in 1953 – asked his wife Laura to administer him with LSD. She agreed.
The following letter – an incredibly moving, detailed account of Aldous’ last days – was written by Laura just days after her husband’s death and sent to his older brother Julian.
Both the images and subsequent transcript were discovered at The Vaults of Erowid, a fantastically comprehensive website dedicated to providing information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues.
Recommended Reading: Laura Huxley’s This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley.