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Autograph letter signed : Convent of Mar Elias [Lebanon], to Michael Bruce, 1814 May 12-June 4.

Author: Hester Stanhope, Lady; Michael Bruce
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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A letter to her lover describing her life in Lebanon. She reveals pain at his failure to write for some months and describes at length her life after Bruce's departure. She writes of many topics including the organization of her household, her delight and interest in the Levant, dislike of English compatriots, and of an epidemic of plague that began in neighboring villages and spread to her household. Her  Read more...
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Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Hester Stanhope, Lady; Michael Bruce
OCLC Number: 270872289
Notes: Lady Hester had left England in 1810 and met Bruce, who was nearly twenty years her junior, in Gibralter. They lived together for almost three years; she refused to marry him, and in response to her father's pleas, encouraged him to return to England in 1813. This letter was written after his departure; it is unclear whether it ever reached him.
Description: 1 item (84 p.) ; (8vo)

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A letter to her lover describing her life in Lebanon. She reveals pain at his failure to write for some months and describes at length her life after Bruce's departure. She writes of many topics including the organization of her household, her delight and interest in the Levant, dislike of English compatriots, and of an epidemic of plague that began in neighboring villages and spread to her household. Her enthusiasms include silk-weaving, animal husbandry, and gun barrels and other weapons. She urges Bruce to go to good places and seek out "good society": "do not mistake ignorance of vice for virtue, there is a wide difference ... be happy, that is all and never let a thought about me make you otherwise."

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