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LIFE OF OCTAVIA HILL
to Queen's Square, where I was most kindly received. Mr. Maurice had just returned from Cambridge and had four gentlemen with him; so I did not see him or Mrs. Maurice. Kate was busy making ornaments for a Christmas-tree "for the boys." I was there a long time, and it was a complete success. Miss Sterling grows every day kinder.
(Then follows a list of the little presents given to her on her birthday by the toy-workers) …
December 19th, 1855.
To her Mother.
I have received your letter and will attend to the business. ... About coming to Weybridge. … Mr. Maurice tells me that he will preach at Lincoln's Inn on Tuesday morning. Of course I cannot miss that; but I will, if necessary, as a great sacrifice, give up the morning service, on one condition, that it is not made a precedent for expecting it again. … I very much wish to spend some part of Christmas with you, and to see you again; but I very much wish you would all be contented, if I spent Christmas Eve with you, as I would much value to do so. See how people feel about it, and let me know.
4, Russell Place,
December 24th, 1855.
To Miss Harris.I know very well that you will like to hear of my little darlings. For some time past I have written but little about them, because I have been much
- Kate Sterling, afterwards Mrs. Ross.