Letter: from Lady Isabella Eardley (née Carr) to Emily Faithfull

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My dear Emily, Did I promise more than this? tell me this for I am a man of my word I assure you though my memory is too often a sad sieve - I am in great sorrow of spirit - for the loss of one I tenderly loved -I can say and I do feel that it has all been love to her & to me -but 1 here is a double nature - & at the very time I was saying & feeling this, a lurking spirit is whispering within -'but why were you too late'?

Culling is in town trying to collect the scattered numbers of [Protestant___?] to make one more bright beacon to warn the nation before we go out in darkness: if that is to be - & if not to rouse the life blood up again. Pray get hold of Dr Townshand's visit to Rome & Paris house - it is one Volume about two or 3 hours steady reading, but full of nice feeling & some home [letters/matters]. God bless you dear - I am going to write Eardly a lecture - first for a silly child with letters very unbecoming 12 years old - & useful for reminding me of my debt to you in a disrespectful manner.

I am too much obliged to him for recommending __but it ought to have been done properly- I see he is ____ of a cause before Ld Cranworth -I believe it is all nonsense - got up out the strength of the present popular feeling but quite illegal or rather unlegal - that is, has nothing really to do with the law of the case -& Lord C. Wiseman was too wise here - for he had nothing in the world to do with the affair. Your very loving I E. [note is written vertically on the first page] I have seen poor Helen, who is said - Her mother is very far from well.

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