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Letter to Charles Robert Leslie, 1844 September

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 17
Call Number: MSS 15, Series III

Scope and Contents

Letter is postmarked from Ryde, in the Isle of Wight. Harriet writes in a playful tone, teasing Leslie about getting "puffed up" on praise. She thanks him for sending some vermillion and is glad that he has killed a rat at their home. Harriet advises Leslie on some domestic issues with the servants, telling him how to handle Susan, who has her faults. She inquires about his progress with a painting, encouraging him to finish it. She asks him to write to their son Bradford and challenge him to a drawing or painting contest with his brother Robert. Harriet remarks on her health and closes with a request for a dresser or cabinet to be built with a closing door. She includes a tiny sketch of the furniture piece.


  • 1844 September


Physical Description

4 pages (1 folded leaf) ; 23.5 x 38 cm. Autograph letter, signed; written in pen and brown/black ink.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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