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Letter to Charles Robert Leslie, 1851 or 1852, June 9

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 44
Call Number: MSS 15, Series III

Scope and Contents

Mary writes while visiting Bradford in Chepstow, Wales. She reports that "Braddy" has taken her to "Beachley, where there is a long pier reaching out into the river..." She says that there is to be a flower show at "the castle" in the next week, and anticipates a visit to the show, when Bradford will "have a holyday." She writes of drawing flowers, amply supplied by "the Miss Phillips," and of sketching "Miss Kinbys garden." Mary writes of an odd parlor trick or prank played by a lady in the area who drew a baby's face on her hand and convinced a child that it was "a dead baby, and when the little girl took it, and found it moved, she was quite frightened and ran away, but when she found it was only a hand, she wanted to make one...and went upstairs to frighten the nurse." Mary illustrates the letter with a charming watercolor vignette of a red squirrel by the side of a pond, saying that she and Bradford saw a similar scene on their way home.


  • 1851 or 1852, June 9


Physical Description

4 pages (1 folded leaf) ; 18 x 23 cm. Autograph letter, signed; written in pen and brown/black ink with watercolor illustration.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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