GASKELL, Elizabeth. 21309



Autograph Letter Signed ‘E.C.Gaskell’. to Miss Hall, accepting her kind invitation to meet Mrs. Benecke, and countering this with a “bold” invitation of her own, inviting Mrs. and Miss Hall to drink tea, hoping to secure M. and Mme Mohl and Count Jennison[?] to meet them. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches, upper edge lightly browned, one margin ragged with loss of two letters only, otherwise sound. Undated. A reference to the cosmopolitan salon hostess Madame Mohl (Mary Elizabeth Clarke, 1793-1883) by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865), author of Cranford (1853), North and South (1855) and other novels. “Do you know that we planned a very bold thing last night? Which was no less than asking you and Mrs. Hall if you would drink tea with us on Saturday Evening at seven o’clock? By daylight we begin to be a little afraid of our presumption; but if you will kindly excuse the deficiencies of lodgings and consent to come to us, we will try to get M. & Mme. Mohl, and Count Jennison to meet you. With kindest regards, believe me ever yours truly, E.C.Gaskell.”