Mlle Souvestre to Mrs JM Strachey

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Pining for news, first of the family - has Charlie been sent to the Ashanti War - and how is her father? Also in the public sphere is dying to know her and the General's opinion on the recent political events in England (In Feb 1874 Disraeli formed his second Cabinet. Gladstone had declared his intention of dissolving Parliament on 24 Jan; a general election followed and was over by the middle of Feb) She would like to be in England during this interesting electoral period. She does not want to continue to give her views, which no doubt will bring contempt on herself, but to hear their views. Lina still at Nice which she is seeing for the first time. Discusses best time for publishing a translation; if Christmas, perhaps still a little early. She was waiting to consult them before writing to George Smith. Relates she has had an invitation to a grand ball given by the General commanding 'l'ecole de Metz', and will be given in the beautiful rooms at the Palace.