Letter to Mary Sibree p.1

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Date:13th of June 1848

Description:In this letter Mary Ann is deeply upset by her father's illness and her hopelessness in being unable to help him. He died less than a year later on 31st May 1849.


33 Marina
St. Leonard's
June 13th.

Alas dear love my heart is bleeding for my poor Father who is suffering badly as ever. We shall be at home again, all things continuing as they are, on Friday evening. Your letter was very precious to me & so are you ma mignonne. I shall soon have my hand in yours & read comfort in your kind face. This afternoon I am too sad to write more. It is a real anguish to see suffering that one cannot alleviate, & it requires some days to get calmness under trial.

Your affectionate

Mary Ann Evans

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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