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Record number: WCP3131

Sent by:
Elizabeth Blackwell
Sent to:
Annie Wallace (née Mitten)
18 October [?1889]

Sent by Elizabeth Blackwell, Rock House, Hastings to Annie Wallace (née Mitten) [none given] on 18 October [?1889].

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


Declining offer to visit Parkstone while she must remain in London and challenge the "growing materialism of the medical profession".

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LETTER (WCP3131.3099)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46441 ff. 98-99
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Elizabeth Blackwell Literary Estate.

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Rock House,


Oct[ober]. 18th

My dear Mrs Wallace

It is very kind of you to send us an invitation to your pleasant, with notice of "the danger of delay", in respect to the rapid speculation going on in Parkstone. But much as I should enjoy making a home in that healthy region, I believe it is my destiny to die in armour; and that I cannot [1 word illeg.] you the neighbourhood of London on account of the growing materialism of the medical profession, against which I am bound to life up my small voice!!

So tempting as is the invitation to see you and Mr Wallace in the charming heath country that I am so fond of, I prof[ess][?] that I cannot now go to you. I am sincerely glad to [[2]] hear much promising accounts of your young people and I hope that your own horticultural talents may find ample occupation in the new home. For every clever woman possesses a strong individuality which must be sympathetically exercised or it [1 word illeg.] upon itself; and I cannot imagine a more beautiful and useful enterprise than the one is which I hope you can engage -- viz: the development of country life.

Mr Wallace's proposed lecturing tour has also my warrant sympathy: for I realise the profound character of Land Nationalisation, although I am engrossed by the circumstances [[3]] of my life in another be such of the great army of Reform. But as all wage lead to Rome for every pilgrim determined to reach it, so believe we are all fellow-workers, and members of the same glorious Church of wasteful endeavour.

I shall certainly hope sometime to take a peep at Parkstone; but at present I am specially occupied in enquiring in short sharp bronchial attacks, which Dr Blackwell's tells me, that I must nurse it partially for a week longer certainly!

With very kind regards | Sincerely yours | E. Blackwell [signature]

P.S. Miss Barry begs to send her love and hopes soon to write for herself.

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