Louisa Garrett Anderson to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Scope and Content

Written from Holloway Prison 'Holloway Gaol'. Written in pencil on two sides of a piece of thin paper. Transcript:

Dearest,

It is hard to believe that I saw you yesterday morning. It seems that I have moved into another world at least a century away. The sentences seemed to me very heavy yesterday but of course was ??about ['we had done' crossed out] serious damage, and the first thought with every government is that repression will stop disturbances arising from discontent - so that it was natural that the sentences should be heavier this time than ever before. I am trying not to think about the time and just to take each day as it comes. After all I went in for this after a great deal of thought so that I must not be overwhelmed by the waste of time and dullness etc etc etc. I am glad and proud to have done it because, ridiculous though it seems, I believe that this kind of fighting, in addition to every other form of pressure by constitutional means, is necessary to win our Cause.

If it were only a week, I should really be so interested in it as experience that I would not mind it very much. My cell isn't dirty and I think the food is good enough for a prison - we had white bread and tea for breakfast, cocoa and bread for supper, hot milk and potatoes and bread and an egg for dinner. I suppose sometimes they give butter. The officers seem to me quite a decent well mannered set of women. The new matron has entirely altered their tone I understand. The doctor woke me up about 12 last night to listen to my heart. He was inclined to treat the situation with a levity that I felt to be inappropriate and this morning the Chaplain has been.

I shall take very possible opportunity of getting letters out but there are very few quite short sentence people and it may not be easy to get them conveyed.

There are a lot of very fine people in here - as fellow gaol birds. I haven't been out to exercise yet but that is promised for this afternoon. It will make everything easier to bear and the day less dull when I go out with the others. I shall think of you all very lovingly on the 9th of ?? March.

Yrs

LGA