1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Mary Howitt to Mary Russell Mitford, 27 February 1834; in L'Estrange, Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford (1882) 183.



Dear Miss Mitford,—

I rejoice in finding an occasion to address you, that I may express the very great pleasure both my husband and I have always derived from your writing. We know your "village," and all its crofts, and lanes, and people, and we wish we had the happiness of personally knowing you.

May I beg your acceptance of the volume I send herewith? You are a worshipper of the drama like myself, and I hope you may find something in it to like.

My husband begs to present his kind regards to you, and hoping by some good chance or other we may shake hands before long.

I am, dear Miss Mitford, yours very truly,

Mary Howitt.