Bedford Place, Russell Sq., London. "Friday" [nd]. 3pp. on folded octavo mourning lettersheet. Residue on rear blank panel from having been mounted, small spot of tanning, otherwise very good. Item #WRCLIT77724
Addressed to "My dearest Father" (quite probably Walter Savage Landor - see below) requesting: "Would you kindly tell Mrs. West that if she will write to 'The Editor of Pen & Pencil['] ... she will learn all that she wants to know, whatever it may be. But I want to thank her on my own account for her kindness & thoughtfulness -- If you are not strong enough to write ... I do not object to show yr friend what liberties you allow me to take with you by calling you my Father, you can enclose this note ... With truest respect & love, ever yr. affectionate child ...." It was customary for the writer to address Walter Savage Landor as "My Father," with the injection of a variety of endearments, in her letters to him. The Wolff catalogue describes two letters similarly addressed (4128a & 4128b). Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898); English novelist, essayist, and journalist. In 1858 she married W.J. Linton, the eminent wood-engraver, poet and radical Chartist. In 1867 they separated amicably; he went to America, and she returned to writing novels, in which she finally attained wide popularity. Her most successful works were THE TRUE HISTORY OF JOSHUA DAVIDSON (1872), PATRICIA KEMBALL (1874), and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHRISTOPHER KIRKLAND (1885). Landor wrote an enthusiastic review of her early novel, AMYMONE for THE EXAMINER, resulting in her first contact with Richard Bentley, who would become her primary publisher.