Postal Delivery: Daily Quotes from Mrs. Gaskell’s Letters – June 4th

August, 22, 1860
To: Frederick Chapman, of Chapman & Hall Publishing

Dear Sir,

I am glad to recognize and individual in your signature, instead of a mere firm, which is the dullest of all possible signatures to my mind. Only– having been out of England for three months– a little more literary gossip would have been most acceptable, especially as my daughter heard from Major Chippendale that you are the best authority for such gossip in London. Perhaps however it will come with the cheque; and then it will be most acceptable…

Painting: Artists’ Ladies, by James Tissot 1883
Source: Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, J. A. V. Chapple, and Alan Shelston. Further letters of Mrs. Gaskell . Newly updated in pbk. ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press ;, 2003. Print.

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