Robert Browning to Lady Colvile

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Browning writing from 19 Warwick Crescent (he took this house in London after the death of his wife in 1861). Lady Colvile was a sister of Mrs Strachey and known to the family as 'Aunt Lill'. He refers to 'the disaster of last night' and shudders to imagine what the Colonel must be undergoing. (A note from Mrs Strachey that this refers to an incident which happened one evening when they were dining with Eleanor (Colvile). She was showing them a valued little vase and it fell out of Richard's hands and was broken (Richard John was the eldest son of Sir Richard Strachey and was a Colonel in the Rifle Brigade (1861-1938)