Original handwritten letter signed `Isabella L Bird’. Written from 16 Oakley Square London N.W., Tuesday Evening [1874?]. To Dr Blaikie

BIRD, Isabella L. (Mrs. J.F. Bishop)


Description: Single sheet, folded, written on 3 sides. A couple of small tears to fold, not affecting the text. A very good letter, easy to read

`On Friday or Saturday I hope to send you my first paper on the Sandwich Islands. I hope the sub-editor will not take this as any encouragement to put in unwarranted announcements for the future, and that you will regard it as a work of most meritorious supererogation.’ Bird goes on to discuss three weeks spent on Oban, the ‘division’ and ‘bad spirit’ among a section of the congregation there, and the `quiet heroism’ of the pastor during his illness and on his deathbed. She goes on to deplore the weather in London `hotter by far than the Sandwich Islands’, and ends with an account of hearing the Bishop of Carlisle `preach a most childish sermon to a miniscule crowd in the nave of Westminister Abbey last Sunday’. Isabella Bird published Six Months in the Sandwich Islands, among the Palm Groves, Coral Reefs and Volcanoes in 1874. The Rev. Dr. William Gordon Blaikie, divine, theologian, writer, was the Scottish editor of The Sunday Magazine from 1864

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