COBHAM, J. Maclaren. Nineteenth century critic and novelist and ROSSETTI, Lucy Madox (1843-1894) née Brown

COBHAM,, J. Maclaren. Nineteenth century critic and novelist and ROSSETTI, Lucy Madox 1843-1894 née Brown


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Autograph Letter Signed ("J McClaren Cobham") to "Mrs Rossetti" [probably Lucy Rossetti née Madox Brown].1½ pages 8vo (and an additional half page note in a different hand (annotated in pencil "Lucy Rossetti")), writing about the whereabouts of a "packet of MS" and family news. The additional note to the foot of the letter states where the packet is to be found..41 Hayter Road Brixton Hill S. W., 17 March 1886.

"I am much obliged to you for your note concerning Dr Cook. I have communicated with him. I did not get the packed of MS &c when I called at your house. If you would be so good as to send directions to the servant where to find it I will call again soon, as I wish to get at the MS & understand you won't be back till April. The weather is still terribly bitter with us, tho' I am glad to say both my wife & I have been well enough thro' the winter [. . .] I hope at Ventnor you are free from bronchial fears". The additional note, presumably written, although not signed, by Lucy Rossetti reads "will you tell Agnes this is in a packet in one of the small drawers in the wardrobe in the spare room [. . .] Mr Cobham [. . .] will call again soon for them". Lucy Rossetti, first daughter of Ford Madox Brown, married William Michael Rossetti in 1874. Her art was highly thought of in Pre-Raphaelite circles and she exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Dudley Gallery. She was an intellectual who valued good conversation, relishing 'the interchange of mind with mind' (Rossetti, Some Reminiscences, 2.424). She also held radical political, feminist, and agnostic views. Her five children were not baptized. In 1889 she signed a petition for women's suffrage.

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