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4-1/2 x 7 inches, was folded to 4-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches to fit in envelope included with this letter. Autograph letter signed. Very good condition. Four pages, Undated.[but 1847]. To fellow author, Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881) an Irish novelist who often published as "Mrs. S. C. Hall". It reads: "I am sorry that when you made your arrangements you did not let me know, as I really matched a day...as the saying is to of that which might as well have been left undone. However it is of no use complaining. I am glad you are inuring yourself away from all the turmoils and anxieties of London - London is indeed a melancholy state now - those tremendous failures almost paralyze people - I write this painfully to tell you that I hear that poor Miss Aguilar's death was in the Times a few days ago. I did not see it myself, but I am told so I am not surprised to hear of it. What bereavement for her poor mother- it makes my heart ache to think of it - kind regards to Mr. Hall, Yours sincerely, Mary Howitt." The letter refers to Grace Aguilar (1816 -1847), an English novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion. She was delicate from childhood, and early showed great interest in history, especially Jewish history.
S. C. Hall, in The Book of Gems. The Modern Poets and Artists of Great Britain (1838) which included Mary Howitt.
Mary Howitt was an English poet, and author of the famous poem The Spider and the Fly and inspired Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll made a parody of it in "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" calling it the "Lobster Quadrille."
Mary Botham[ Howitt] grew up in a Quaker family that took some care with her education; she was married William Howitt in 1821. The Howitts collaborated on a profusion of works in many literary kinds, and traveled much in Britain and the Continent; Mary was much in demand as a contributor to gift-books and annuals. She was an acquaintance of Mary Russell Mitford and corresponded with Bernard Barton and Felicia Hemans, among many other literary friends. quoted from Virginia Tech English Poerty 1579-1830 web site.
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