Mary Tabor to the Rev. Joseph Holdich

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Written from York. Addressed to Joseph Holdich D.D. at Weslyan University, Middletown, Conn. North America He was Mary Holdich's cousin. His sister has invited her to visit her in London, but as family commitments make it impossible she has invited her to visit them in York. Reports progress of 'your little namesake'; Wilbur 'a rough rude boy, very affectionate'; Catherine (the eldest girl) she thinks would do well in the preparatory instruction of boys as she seems to take to boys'studies. Asks him for candid opinion of her scheme. Further news of relations and neighbours. Comments on 'the great educational movement in this country... I think there will be no more fortunes made by private tuition'. Gives news of her sisters (her three sisters had volunteered as 'welfare workers'on the convict ships conveying women prisoners to Australia). She had just heard from one that the Governor had complimented them highly on the improved state of the convicts they had charge of. The official approval was shown by the raising of their salaries to , Sarah £75, Martha, £60 and Jane £45.