Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 5 July n.y. To Mrs. Haly.


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Autograph letter signed ("E. Penrose"; signature cross-written), 4pp, 4to, Fledbro [?] Parsonage, 5 July n.y. [paper watermarked, "1814"], with a portion cross-written and with integral address leaf still present. To Mrs. Haly at Uxbridge, on a number of domestic matters, mostly relating to the health of their families and mutual friends: "My Brother & Mrs. J.[?] Penrose . . . have indeed experienced additional happiness since the birth of their little Boy, who, notwithstanding his disadvantages, is a very flourishing little plant. . . . [H]is Mama has been perfectly well except that she has suffered greatly by her perseverance in suckling him herself, and indeed she has not yet got over her difficulties in that way, though she has now a prospect of doing so. . . . The beauty of your little Fairy Amelia had made an indelible impression, and my Brother and I agree that she is quite unrivaled. I should delight to see her walking & talking, and to be introduced to her little Sister, who I can imagine from your account to be like dear Lily was at her age. . . . You were very good to mention the Breakspeare[?] family. We do not hear half as much of them was we could wish. . . ." Hole from opening at wax seal (seal still present); chipped and torn, with a small triangle missing from the top margin; remains of browned cello tape from prior mounting; folds starting; browned.

Elizabeth Penrose (1780-1837); English author who wrote under the pseudonym of "Mrs. Markham". Famous in her day, she was the author of A History of England from the First Invasion by the Romans to the End of the Reign of George III (1823) and other books for the young. In 1804 Penrose married the Rev. John Penrose, himself a voluminous theological writer. (Item ID: 19171)

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