ELIOT, GEORGE. 1819-1880.
Autograph Letter Signed ("MA Lewes"). 2 pp, 8vo, The Heights, Witley, near Godalming, August 11, 1879, to George Jacob Holyoake, written in violet ink on black-framed mourning stationery, very light, irregular foxing, lightly toned, folds weak.
George Eliot sends her thanks to a dear friend, the British agitator Holyoake, 9 months after the passing of George Henry Lewes with whom she had spent the last 20 years, but never married: "I feel very gratefully the tribute you have paid to my husband's memory in sending me your interesting volume of The History of Cooperation ... I have been wandering through the book & picking out bits of especial interest before giving it a steadier reading. The description of the ruined school of New Lanark has an almost tragic impressiveness."
Holyoake was an agitator for the working classes of England and such a close friend to Eliot and Lewes that he was buried beside them after his passing in 1906.