Postal Delivery: Daily Quotes from Mrs. Gaskell’s Letters – June 5th

May 2, 1853
To: Mrs. Ann Coltman, née Byerley, one of Gaskell’s teachers

My dear Mrs. Coltman,

I received your most kind letter, and was truly glad to hear that you approved of Ruth. Indeed I have reason to be very well satisfied with the reception she has obtained, especially as I was trenching on rather delicate ground. You may fancy then that I was very glad to have the assurance of approbation from one, whom I knew of old, to dislike anything forward or immodest or unwomanly…

Painting: Maria, Lady Callcott by Sir Thomas Lawrence 1918. National Portrait Gallery
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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