Mr. Frederick Grew.
Tavistock House, London, 13th January, 1854.
My dear Sir,
I beg, through you, to assure the artizans’ committee in aid of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, that I have received the resolution they have done me the honour to agree upon for themselves and their fellow-workmen, with the highest gratification. I awakened no pleasure or interest among them at Birmingham which they did not repay to me with abundant interest. I have their welfare and happiness sincerely at heart, and shall ever be their faithful friend.
Your obedient servant.
Tavistock House, February 18th, 1854.
My dear Mrs. Gaskell,
I am sorry to say that I am not one of the Zoologicals, or I should have been delighted to have had a hand in the introduction of a child to the lions and tigers. But Wills shall send up to the gardens this morning, and see if Mr. Mitchell, the secretary, can be found. If he be producible I have no doubt that I can send you what you want in the course of the day.
Such has been the distraction of my mind in my story, that I have twice forgotten to tell you how much I liked the Modern Greek Songs. The article is printed and at press for the very next number as ever is.
Don’t put yourself out at all as to the division of the story into parts; I think you had far better write it in your own way. When we come to get a little of it into type, I have no doubt of being able to make such little suggestions as to breaks of chapters as will carry us over all that easily.
My dear Mrs. Gaskell,
Always faithfully yours.
Rev. W. Harness.
Tavistock House, Friday Evening, May 19th, 1854.
My dear Harness,
On Thursday, the first of June, we shall be delighted to come. (Might I ask for the mildest whisper of the dinner-hour?) I am more than ever devoted to your niece, if possible, for giving me the choice of two days, as on the second of June I am a fettered mortal.
I heard a manly, Christian sermon last Sunday at the Foundling—with great satisfaction. If you should happen to know the preacher of it, pray thank him from me.
Ever cordially yours.
Rev. James White.
Tavistock House, May 26th, 1854.
My dear White,
Here is Conolly in a dreadful state of mind because you won’t dine with him on the 7th of June next to meet Stratford-on-Avon people, writing to me, to ask me to write to you and ask you what you mean by it.
What do you mean by it?
It appears to Conolly that your supposing you can have anything to do is a clear case of monomania, one of the slight instances of perverted intellect, wherein a visit to him cannot fail to be beneficial. After conference with my learned friend I am of the same opinion.
Loves from all in Tavistock to all in Bonchurch.
Ever faithfully yours.
Mr. W. H. Wills.
Boulogne, Wednesday, August 2nd, 1854.
My dear Wills,
I will endeavour to come off my back (and the grass) to do an opening paper for the starting number of “North and South.” I can’t positively answer for such a victory over the idleness into which I have delightfully sunk, as the achievement of this feat; but let us hope.
During a fête on Monday night the meteor flag of England (forgotten to be struck at sunset) was stolen!!!
Manage the proofs of “H. W.” so that I may not have to correct them on a Sunday. I am not going over to the Sabbatarians, but like the haystack (particularly) on a Sunday morning.
I should like John to call on M. Henri, Townshend’s servant, 21, Norfolk Street, Park Lane, and ask him if, when he comes here with his master, he can take charge of a trap bat and ball. If yea, then I should like John to proceed to Mr. Darke, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and purchase said trap bat and ball of the best quality. Townshend is coming here on the 15th, probably will leave town a day or two before.
Pray be in a condition to drink a glass of the 1846 champagne when you come.
I think I have no more to say at present. I cannot sufficiently admire my prodigious energy in coming out of a stupor to write this letter.