Letter: from Lady Frances Balfour to Dearie [Emily Faithfull]

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Dearie [Emily Faithfull], I must write to you for Gerald, who now wishes his relations & nearest friends told of his happiness. He is engaged to Lady Betty Lytton, who is by common consent one of the most delightful girls alive. She is just 20 but with a mind very much older than her years. She is not pretty but with such a good & charming expression that she makes up for everything. She plays the violin & is very clever. I know you will care to know above all, that she is very deeply religious & with such a bright unworldly mind. Dear old Gery is very calmly happy & peaceful. You will see him at Terling when we all go Saturday. There are only two drawbacks, they will be very poor (she is the last person to mind this) & we cannot feel quite happy yet about his health, but he is better, & is ___ I am trying to be unselfish about losing him, & I hope succeeding. She has been so dear to me & anxious to make me feel how little difference one hopes she will make in my friendship with him. Alice will love her, & perhaps she will be the oil needed between the two! Yr loving FB [Frances Balfour]

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G wd have written but he has left much of it to me, as he has a good to do anyway.

Paper has, '32 ADDISON ROAD, KENSINGTON, W' printed on it.