Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 17 March n.y. To an unidentified American.

PEARD, FRANCES MARY

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Autograph letter signed ("FM Peard," signature cross-written in upper margin of the first page), 4pp, 8vo, Sparnow, Torquay, 17 March n.y. A good literary letter to an unidentified American gentleman, recommending a number of children's authors (Lady Barker [some of her stories "are very fresh & delightful"], Mrs. Ewing ["she was Miss Gatty"] & Miss Roberts ["Tales Old & New"]) and thanking him for ". . . your kind present of your father's book, which . . . is written in such a quiet & temperate spirit that no one, I think can fail to feel the better for it . . . the deeper we go into the opinions of those who . . . love & seek the truth, the more fully we are assured that there is one common standing point. . . . I send your children a little book which I wrote some years ago, & when I was quite unused to writing. It is a great pleasure to me that you can speak of the kind feeling in America towards my books. I have some American friends, & hope the number will increase. You speak of . . . Miss Mitford, with whom I am well acquainted, & I quite agree with you in your admiration of her writings. One of her latest stories, not yet published in a separate form . . . is an American tale, & I think it is one of her most charming. . . . England has lost a great author since I heard from you -- in Lord Lytton, who was a near neighbour of ours. You ask me if I see many American books & periodicals. Not many of the latter, but we get fairly supplied I think with your chief publications. . ." Folds; a few letters a trifle smudged (still completely legible); very minor offsetting; else very good.

Frances Mary Peard (1835-1923); popular English novelist and short story writer. Between 1867 and 1909 Ms. Peard published more than 40 books. Much of her fiction is historical and is often set abroad; her adult fiction "consists mainly of unpretentious novels of domestic life, lucidly written and with talent for description and characterization. . . . She also wrote for the (Anglican) National Society several historical stories for adolescents, and for the SPCK a History of the Prayer-Book, n.d., from a High Church viewpoint." [The Feminist Companion to Literature in English]. (Item ID: 20789)



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