Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 22 March 1858. To Mrs. [Samuel Carter] Hall.


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Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 8vo, Brigate, 22 March 1858. To Mrs. [Samuel Carter] Hall, regretting that so much time has passed since last they corresponded, and sending news of friends and family: ". . . The weather . . . is now so delicious as to tempt all who are unfeathered to fly from their nests, except poor lame birds like myself -- and even I am wonderfully better. . . . But you may well divine there is a shady side to this cheerful picture -- my poor father is in a most trying state, and frequently keeps us all on the qui vive, when his restless fits are on him. He then fancies that this is not his house, and that we are not his children, but are keeping him from them, by force. . . . You may imagine what grief this is -- Indeed, I cannot tell you how your Helen Lyndsay's exclamation came home to my heart -- 'Now, is not this, agony?' In these occasions he will start off . . . no matter the hour or the weather, and once, was just stepping into the railway-train, when he was prevented!. . . . Do let me hear from you. If you are in town, I hope you are story-writing: -- (which I am not.). . . ." Remains of prior mounting and with a few areas torn "thin" from removal along top edge; perhaps a trifle uniformly toned; else very good.

Anne Manning (1807-1879); English novelist, author of Mary Powell. Anna Maria Fielding, later Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1881); Irish author of sketches and novels. (Item ID: 22206)

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