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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED to MISS MACKINTOSH, Saturday Morng., Great Cumberland Street, [LONDON] 14.

'My dear Miss Mackintosh My brother has been detained in Kent to (?) give witness against some notes (?) and an old friend Mr. Strickland has offered to breakfast with us this morning, so *** both these courses put together decide me to give up the pleasure of breakfasting with you and Sir James Mackintosh this morning. Yours ever affectionately Maria Edgeworth.

An octavo sheet folded to a bifolium, written on one side, folded twice, wax sealed, small tear with loss in the blank side where opened, else in very good condition.

*MARIA EDGEWORTH [1768-1849], Irish writer - she had met the Mackintosh family in 1813, on her visit to England with her parents. Sir James Mackintosh recorded their meeting : "Mr., Mrs., and Miss Edgeworth have just come over from Ireland. I passed some hours with them yesterday forenoon, under pretence of visiting the new Mint, which was a great object to them, as they are all proficients in mechanics. Miss Edgeworth is a singularly agreeable person, very natural, clever, and well-informed, without the least pretensions of authorship. She has never been in a large society before, and she was followed and courted by all persons of distinction in London with an avidity that was almost without example." SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH [1765-1832], Scottish Politician, historian - he had two daughters - Frances Emma Elizabeth Mackintosh (Fanny) (18001889), married Hensleigh Wedgwood, and Bessy Mackintosh (18041823). It is most likely that she was writing to Fanny Mackintosh.

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Stock No. 60393

Price: 165.00