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LIFE OF OCTAVIA HILL

letters. … In constant thought of you, Yours Octavia.


August 19th, 1858.

To Emily.

(Tho' this is for all of you.) It is but right and nice that, having known of my long waiting, you should know now that I am quite satisfied. Dear Mary has been here; and really, I don't know how to be thankful enough for having seen her so long and so delightfully. I waited all the morning, getting more distracted and disappointed every quarter of an hour; for I knew she must be back at Elmhurst at 6.30, and leave Camden Road at 4.30; and 1, 2, 3 o'clock came. Before 3, however, I had quite made up my mind to it. I did this the more easily, because I was sure that, when she did come, if I had been repining and longing before, I should be selfish and covetous then. Well, at 3.10 she arrived with such a headache she could hardly stand. … In a very few minutes her head grew better, and she resolved to go by the 5.50 train. And oh! we had such an afternoon! It is worth more than many weeks with her in society. … She asked to hear Andy's song " Wilt Thou not visit me?" … She promises that if she comes to London next year she will come to stay here, if we still want her! At last we parted, not at all sadly. She is so sweet and good. … Her heart was open as usual to hear all about everyone, Ruskin, Mr. Maurice and the children, in fact every person and thing we care for.


August 17th, 1858.

To Miranda.

Tell Minnie I have just finished Maurice's "Ecclesiastical History." I am so very much interested in