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“What a certainty of instinctive faith I have in heaven, and in the Mama’s living on”: Unpublished letters of Mrs. Gaskell and unpublished Gaskell family letters.

William Baker, Northern Illinois University

Letter 4


46 Plymouth Grove | Sunday

My dear Harry,

Come by all means; it will be a great pleasure to us. I hope I may be decently strong by that time (Thursday: —) I was so sorry to miss dear Lady Crompton; but I was taking [Coldieteeeee] & Dover’s powders (I know you like prescriptions) 3 times a day for gout in foot & hand; and I was really unfit to see any one, but I did not know she was here till after she had gone. Thurstan is here, & will be till Friday morning; & most likely we may some of us be going to the concert on Thursday night, - that is to say I am afraid I shan’t be able, but I talk of going, because it sounds more respectable for the “Young people.”

My love to Ned.

And to the Judge.

My best love to your mother, & to Cassy & Emily.

Cook is going.

Yours affectionately

E.C. Gaskell

That's to say not Marianne