Letter: from Grisell Baillie to Emily Faithfull

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Dear Miss Faithfull, From all I know of you, I feel sure I need not be afraid to write to you and to ask you to write to me - I long to know about those dear children, I long to know how Nora is, how they all are, and how they bear their great honour - I was thankful when I heard you were to be with them - How happy it must make you, to feel how much of a comfort you were for so many years to the beloved friend, who needs for neither our prayers, nor our presence, nor anything from us - The very mention of your name brings her to my mind, she constantly spoke of you, and loved you and trusted you so much - If you should tell me anything you can about her, you should confer on me a kindness which I should never forget - Believe me dear Miss Faithfull

Yours very truly Grisell Baillie.

Written at Drybough Abbey, St Boswell's. Crest embossed on top left hand corner of first page [lion on a crown?].