Letter: from Lady Mildred Arabella Charlotte Henrietta Cecil Beresford Hope (24 Oct 1822-18 Mar 1888) to Emily Faithfull

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My dear Emily, A thousand thanks for your nice long letter & for your detailed report of what Simpson says abt the Drossy, it is a great relief to my mind. But I do not like what he says of his never having felt her pulse weaken than when he arrived on Friday. If only one could get up her strength a little before she leaves. It has just occurred to me a receipt that might be useful to her on the journey & which Ly J E___land has used when in extremity of weakness. Make a bottle of the best old Port, just [Jo?] in glass enough to make a good firm jelly - put no water at all, but boil the Port Wine & Join glass slowly until the Port wine has evaporated, the essence of it will have gone into the firm jelly which will be left & which is then to be cut with lozenges. If liked a little sugar & cinnamon or cloves put with it to flavour it, whilst boiling. It is wonderfully nourishing & makes a very pleasant Instant lozenge which is easy to eat & can be taken as often as one likes. It is best to keep it in a small metal box, like those for Lemon drops, to preserve it. I am sending a very good little Cookery book to Evelyn, as I think you can find some hints in it for dishes. I am very glad to hear that he is quite satisficil about the local evil. In short, now, the want of appetite & the weakness are the great evils we have to fear & I am very hopeful that the first & consequently the second will be much improved by the change of air & food & scene - I was a good deal knocked up by the journey, it was so fearfully hot & dusty - but I managed Harrow. As I have told Evelyn,Brink & Mary have fallen ill in consequence of our expedition. The heat here, does not agree at all with me, But I shall go down to Cranborne with the Roberts, at Whitsuntide & I am going down to Hatfield for one night on Friday. I hear poor. My lady is looking very ill & I thought it was much better that we should get our meeting for the1st time, over. Those things are only worse, the longer you delay them. I can well understand the anxiety and work you must have undergone in those 18 hours to get every thing ready for such a sudden start, and there is this advantage in the delay, that you will have time to see & think of the packing of all that is necessary. One is so apt when hurried, to forget the most important thing of all, - I assure you, I felt very much the leaving Whittinghame & all of you & had it not been Philip's last Birthday in England for 2 years to come, I should have stayed on. I shall be so glad to see you on Saty or Sunday - If your Brother cannot receive you, which I fancy may be doubtful, you will not forget that there is a room, & a hearty welcome for you here, My best love to dearest Blanche, may god bless & help her & give her strength & believe me ever with the warmest thanks. Yrs affectly Mildred ACHC Beresford Hope.

Paper has 'Arklow House, Connaught Place. W' printed on it in black ink.