[Margaret Gillies, Anglo-Scottish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Margaret Gillies') to a son [W. W. Linton] of wood engraver William James Linton, regarding the father's move to America, 'Mr. Horne', 'Mrs. Lewes', and Crockham.

Margaret Gillies (1803-1887), Anglo-Scottish portrait painter and watercolourist whose sitters included Wordsworth and Dickens [William James Linton (1812-1897), Anglo-American wood engraver and radic
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10 September 1872. Crockham [i.e. The Warren, Crockham Hill, Kent].
SKU: 22543

The recipient of the letter is William Wade Linton (c.1839-1892), son of the wood engraver William James Linton, who in 1867 had separated from his wife the novelist Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898), and emigrated to America with three of his children by his first wife's sister, settling at Appledore, Hamden, Connecticut, where he set up a printing-press. 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The letter begins: 'Dear Mr Linton | My having been very poorly and also having been away from home & full of many absorbing matters must plead my only excuse for having left your note so long unanswered. I am however ashamed & sorry for such neglect. Mr. Horne's direction is No 32 Northumberland Street Mary le bone. Close to York Gate.' She is very pleased to hear that Linton's father 'is getting on well in America', and that his sisters are 'happily with him & one engaged to be happily married'. She has been at Crockham for three weeks, '& so has Mrs. Lewes & her little Baby Daughter[.] Mr. Lewes [Charles Lewes, son of George Eliot's lover George Henry Lewes] comes next Saturday & I go to Windsor probably for a short time'.