Mlle Souvestre to Mrs JM Strachey

Scope and Content

She is very distressed at hearing nothing from her friend but not angry because she knows that all the things her friend busies herself with are far better than writing such letters as she writes. Her friend will have seen about the death of M.Michelet; two days before his death he appeared in good health and full of the wish to complete his history of the 19th century. His wife had no other interests but him 'sa mort eleve tout'. Thinks her friend should send a letter to the widow and not be shy about writing in French. She enquires about her father and mother. She had intended writing Lady Grant but the death of Michelet had absorbed all her thoughts and then domestic occupations. What does she think of the new Parliament [England ?] Her opinion is that the times are bad for democracy.