February 18, 2021 10:00 EST

Books & Manuscripts

 
  Lot 78
 

78

[Literature] Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans)
Autograph Letter, signed

The Heights, Witley, Godalming, June 25, no year (after 1877). One sheet folded to make four pages; 6 x 3 7/8 in. (152 x 98 mm). Autograph letter, signed by Eliot, to Mr. (Joseph) Langford, of Blackwood & Sons Publishing: "Dear Mr. Langford/I am quite willing/that the extract should be made from/'Silas Marner' for the Sixth/National Reading Book. Will you oblige me by sending/a copy of 'Middlemarch', with a/copy of Smith & Elder's 'Romola'/to Madame Mario...Thanks for your friendly wishes/which greeted us on our arrival/at this country home. We enjoy/our quiet blessings...& want/nothing but health./I was glad to hear from/Mr. Blackwood that you/are now in Excellent condition./Always yours sincerely/M.E. Lewes". Creasing from original folds; small stain at top left of first page.

John Langford (1809-84) was the trusted assistant to publisher John Blackwood, the head of William Blackwood and Sons publishing, and the editor of Blackwood's Magazine.

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The Heights, Witley, Godalming, June 25, no year (after 1877). One sheet folded to make four pages; 6 x 3 7/8 in. (152 x 98 mm). Autograph letter, signed by Eliot, to Mr. (Joseph) Langford, of Blackwood & Sons Publishing: "Dear Mr. Langford/I am quite willing/that the extract should be made from/'Silas Marner' for the Sixth/National Reading Book. Will you oblige me by sending/a copy of 'Middlemarch', with a/copy of Smith & Elder's 'Romola'/to Madame Mario...Thanks for your friendly wishes/which greeted us on our arrival/at this country home. We enjoy/our quiet blessings...& want/nothing but health./I was glad to hear from/Mr. Blackwood that you/are now in Excellent condition./Always yours sincerely/M.E. Lewes". Creasing from original folds; small stain at top left of first page.

John Langford (1809-84) was the trusted assistant to publisher John Blackwood, the head of William Blackwood and Sons publishing, and the editor of Blackwood's Magazine.

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