Sir Ralph Esher just received you cannot understand how welcome to me this morning beyond all preceding ones, the sight of your hand-writing- how welcome and valuable the book. You will be pleased to know I had once a cursory run through that work of and understood entirely its spirit and its meaning, & had determined to have both that & your “Autobiography” to read when I went into Warwickshire which I do /---/ in the autumn “Sir Ralph Esher” recalled to me a book I read with great pleasure I do believe 60- years ago- & have hankered after it ever since my last visit to Tunbridge Wells where the scene was held- The name, I think, “Calverly” & Clara Reeve the authoress-a story of an old fashioned family- & old fashioned manners events wars &c. I shall read
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