[Louisa Stuart Costello, Anglo-Irish miniature painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('L. S Costello') to 'Miss de Witte', discussing 'Yankee' and Scandinavian poetry, and enclosing a 'trifle' to help a family the recipient is helping.

Louisa Stuart Costello (1799-1870), Anglo-Irish miniature painter, travel writer and author, friend of Sir Francis Burdett
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'Friday Evg'. No place or date.
SKU: 22106

4pp, 16mo. Bifolium on light-green paper. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'My Dear Miss de Witte | Of course I found the Yankee Poems directly after You were Gone – too carefully put by. Do not put mine away too carefully – as I want You to really read them. (Poetry of France) The sad lines of Marguerite d'Ecosse (in the notes at the end) are original & perhaps will stroke You – as the mournful Subject did me. The lines have been translated into German French &c.' The news of the family the de Witte named has made her 'heart ache', and as Costello is sure she and her 'kind Mamma do something to help them', she asks her to 'let them have the enclosed trifle. It is nothing but, being unexpected, and sure to be useful in some way, may be acceptable'. She asks her to 'say nothing about it to any one – as it is of no Consequence and I coul dnot offer it except with other Contributions'. She will 'look for the Scandinavian poetry & may find it. | Longfellow gives some in his Poets of Europe'. She ends in hopes of hearing 'better news of colds &c'.