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Autograph letter signed : Florence, to "Mia amata Figlia" [Joan Severn], 1890 Jan. 27.

Author: Lucia Gray Swett; Joan Severn; Helen Gill Viljoen
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Discussing the mental health of Severn's "D.P.," John Ruskin, hoping for "complete recovery at no very distant day," noting that mental strength is gradually if not rapidly increasing." Discussing class distinctions, noting "there is nothing more unfortunate for either man or woman, than intimacy with a lower class than themselves." Discussing education, noting that "men had best interest themselves in the well  Read more...
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Named Person: Francesca Alexander; John Ruskin
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Lucia Gray Swett; Joan Severn; Helen Gill Viljoen
OCLC Number: 427059434
In: Collection of letters from Lucia Gray Swett Alexander to Joan Severn
Notes: Signed "Your devoted Mammina."
Written on stationery with "Ciao" elaborately embossed in gilt. Envelope with postmarks (marked Firenze) addressed to Mrs. Arthur Severn, Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire, Inghilterra; back flap has "Ciao" elaborately embossed in gilt.
Part of a large collection of letters from Lucia Gray Swett Alexander to Joan Severn. Items in this collection are described in individual records.
Description: 1 item (7 p.) ; 10 x 15.7 cm. + envelope.

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Discussing the mental health of Severn's "D.P.," John Ruskin, hoping for "complete recovery at no very distant day," noting that mental strength is gradually if not rapidly increasing." Discussing class distinctions, noting "there is nothing more unfortunate for either man or woman, than intimacy with a lower class than themselves." Discussing education, noting that "men had best interest themselves in the well living of boys, and women in that of girls." Agreeing that "the marriage of the Duke of Aosta was indeed most unfortunate," noting that "she was 22, her uncle 44 when she married him," and that "fortunately there is only one child, who even if it lives to grow up will probablybably be a victim to scrofula." Noting that Marina "would have been pleased that Silvia should have married her great Uncle, but Silvia said she should as soon have thought of marrying her grandfather." Describing Francesca's love of plants. With a postscript asking Severn to not let her "D.P. know what [she says] about those girls &c."

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