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Letter to Harriet Stone Leslie, probably 1851 or 1852

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 48
Call Number: MSS 15, Series III

Scope and Contents

Mary writes to her mother, relaying a "funny story" that she says is related to one that her sister Caroline has included in a recent letter to Bradford. The story concerns a little girl who had her pet sparrows baked into a pudding for her birthday. The rather macabre tale, Mary reflects, is "not such a funny one as Caroline's, but it sounded much better than I can write it." Mary writes about her drawing habits of late, copying faces out of books by Chalon and Lewis. She reports on a fair in Chepstow, which she is missing because of the rain. She also writes of visiting the grounds of the estate of the Phillipses, a local family. She includes two pen and ink vignettes--one of birds decorating a vase of flowers with string and a sketch of the fair.


  • probably 1851 or 1852


Physical Description

4 pages (1 folded leaf) ; 18 x 22 cm. Autograph letter, signed and illustrated; 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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