Elizabeth Whitehead to Barbara Leigh Bodichon

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13 Jul [1864?] no year. Autograph letter, signed, 4pp. pink thin large 8vo., 5 Marlbro Hill London NW.

To 'Dearest Barbara'. Mentions Mary Harrison [niece of Mrs Howitt] and the Howitts [Mary and William (1799-1888) and (1792-1879), writers]. She fears Barbara Bodichon is now rejecting Whitehead's concept of a children's school for Florence Hill's idea for an adult school for 'very ignorant women'. She and Mr Litchfield conversed with Mr [Frederick Denison] Maurice [1805-1872, theologian, chief founder of Christian Socialism] about it. Barbara Bodichon was the one who 'first set me to work educationally'. [She wrote to Barbara Bodichon in 1853 on the suggestion of William Johnson Fox (1786-1864) unitarian minister of most of these correspondents, to offer to help with the new school.] 'Ocky and Andy Hill are deeply interested with us.' It grieves her that Barbara Bodichon is not. Sends 'Dr Chapman's new book on the further application of his discovery.' [John Chapman (1822-1894), physician and editor of the Westminster Review 1851-1860) Bessie Parkes writes 'that Jarrold would take the [Englishwoman's Journal] and make it a 2d journal' which would be a fate worse than death. Mentions Ellen Bicknell [a daughter of Elhanan Bicknell (1788-1861), art patron and collector of Surrey, unitarian and liberal?] [Ocky and Andy are not related to the MD Hills.]