[ Mary Howitt, Victorian poet and author, as editor of a story by Mrs. S. C. Hall. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. Hall'
2pp., 12mo. On aged leaf removed from album, with strip of stub still adhering to one edge, incorporating some closed tears. 38 lines of text. Possibly referring to the book that would become 'The Favourite Scholar, and Other Tales, by M. Howitt and Mrs. S.C. Hall' (London: Henry Lea, 1861), the letter begins: 'My dear Mrs Hall, | Have I written to thank you for your kindness in promising to write me the story for the work I have to edit? I hope I did. But I left France so suddenly at the end of March, & so many events of one kind & another came crowding in upon me that I now do not remember [...]'. She asks for the piece by the end of July, explaining that it is 'to be contained in a Story Book for Juvenile Readers - of from 12 to 15 years of age'. She discusses the required length before changing the subject: 'We are here in delicious quiet, enjoing the ability to work & the slow progress of a somewhat melancholy spring, under the best possible circumstances.' She continues to wax lyrical on the weather, before turning to 'thecollecting card for Mr Heman's window'.