Letter to Mrs John Cash, p.1 and 4

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Date:5th of May 1868

Description:Eliot thanks Mary for a copy of her book entitled "The Credentials of Conscience" and expresses her affection for Mary although they've not seen each other for a while.


The Priory,
21 North Bank,
Regents Park.

May 5. 68

My dear Mrs. Cash

Your words of affectionate remembrance are so very sweet to me. Looking back on my past, it seems to me so full of errors and failures, that any testimony to happy memories of me cherished by those with whom I used to be in frequent contact, is exceedingly precious to me. I am much changed both in body & mind in the many years since we met, but if I ever have the pleasure of kissing you again you will not, I think, find me changed in cordial feeling toward you. I am rejoiced, for your own sake as well as mine, that you can look forward to a journey as not too rash an undertaking for you, after a while.

I am grateful also for the additional proof of your regard which you give me in sending me the book which has been long occupying your thoughts. I have read a great deal of it. I dare say you did not expect a close & formal agreement from me in your impressions, but and differences that would appear if I tried to enter into such topics would leave larger room still for a sympathy which is not dependent on this or that critical judgement.

I am glad to have cheerful news about your Father and Brother. What you say of Mr. John Sibree seems to me a great testimony to the native force of his character & intellect. And I like to think that his work is helped forward by a power of attaching his pupils to him.

Just now I am more than usually feeble, so you must not think that my scant expression indicates indifference. I try to avoid all unnecessary writing, as a matter of hygiene.

Pray offer my kind regards to your husband. Being yours, he cannot be quite strange to me. Always, dear Mrs. Cash,

Yours with sincere affection

M. E. Lewes.

Note: George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress based in the Coventry and Nuneaton district, from 1819-1880.


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Donor ref:Nun. Lib. 6 (49/11323)

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