[ Susan Beever, close friend of John Ruskin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S Beever.') to a 'friend', regarding the weather and her garden at Thwaite, Coniston, and a coming visit.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. She hopes that the coming Saturday will be fine: 'If not, I hope some other day - but how cold again - For the first time I went out into the garden yesterday - & to my joy & amazement heard a Chaffinch sing! I had not hoped to hear a Bird.' She is glad they are all happy, and that they found the plant (Latin name) that 'grows at Coniston'. She asks the recipient not to 'bring Bright', as her garden 'is not at its prettiest - flowers scarce until the Roses come - and I am sorry to say that the Damask Roses are not ready for you'. Note in a contemporary hand beneath the signature: 'Miss Beever The Thwaite Coniston - the "Susie" of Hortus Inclusus'. ('Hortus Inclusus' was a selection of Ruskin's letters to her and her sister. She also edited a selection from Ruskin, titled 'Frondes Agrestes'.)