TROLLOPE (FANNY)
Lot 193
TROLLOPE (FANNY)
Sold for £420 (US$ 685) inc. premium

Lot Details
TROLLOPE (FANNY)
Autograph letter signed ("Frances Trollope"), to the penal reformer Matthew Davenport Hill, expressing unequivocal support for his daughters in making their way in the world as writers ("...Tell your daughters that I wish you joy of having such aides de camp. I wonder what would be done to any Italian ladies who employed their thoughts and their pens in the same direction. I doubt if it would be thought safe to leave them at large..."), explaining that she now lives in Florence ("...We have, with doubtful wisdom perhaps, made our home here for the sake of indulging our weak lungs with a milder climate - but we have given up much in doing so...") and thanking him for his pamphlet ("...A little more or a little less of the right royal dignity of the Lords of the Earth, gives the colouring to all discussions here - nothing else seems of any consequence - And to Turn from this to read such themes as those your pages dwell upon with such heartfelt earnestness, makes one doubt a little whether the sunshine of the spirit may not be worth more than any other - God prosper your labours!..."), 4 pages, 8vo, slight foxing, Florence, 5 September 1856

Footnotes

  • FANNY TROLLOPE ON THE PERILS OF BEING A WOMAN AUTHOR. Hill's three daughters, Rosamond, Florence and Joanna, were all advocates of prison reform and the better treatment of juvenile delinquents and children of the poor, working in league with their father's associate Mary Carpenter. Rosamond, the eldest, was especially close to her father, acting as his private secretary and visiting prisons with him. In 1856 she published A Lady's Visit to the Irish Convict Prisons, to which Fanny Trollope may well be alluding here (as also possibly to Matthew's Punishment is not Education: A review of a charge on the subject of tickets of leave, published that same year). American Book Prices Current records only two letters by Fanny Trollope, one of very slight content, having appeared for sale (in 1980 and 1998).
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