No date. Probably 1877.
To Mary Harris.
I cannot tell you what important work we have in hand. We are restoring and re-establishing a provident dispensary here. It implies an immense deal of thought, judgment, money. Mr. Crowder is quite the leader in it all. I am quite proud of him. . . . Then we were laying deep foundations for Mr. Hughes' future success. This week we have our blind concert at which 660 tenants also will be present. I went over the new buildings in B. Court on Wednesday. They really are beautiful. It does one's heart good to see them. I think Lord Ducie must be delighted.
To Mrs. Shaen.
Everyone falls in with my plan for the little orphans, and I am trying to place them in the village where Miss Harris lives. Boarding out is most success- fully carried on there. Dear Janey came and stayed there and saw the houses. My former pupils would watch the children for me, and, if I go there, I should see them myself.
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Mrs. Hill to Mrs. Edmund Maurice.
Octa arrived safely yesterday in perfect en- thusiasm about her visit and certainly better for it.
She dined in the evening at Lord Monteagle's, and
- This refers to a petition circulated among the electors of Marylebone asking Mr. Hughes to come forward again at the next election.
- She boarded out one of these orphans in memory of Mrs. N. Senior.