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W.T. Stead to Mary Whitwill

(November 22, 1885)

Holloway Gaol (November 22, 1885)

Dear Madam

Thank you so much for the splendid grapes which arrived in good order and excellent condition.

It is very kind of you remembering me after all my blunders and mistakes.

Everyone has been most extraordinarily kind... to me. It makes me feel very humbled to contrast what I have with what people say and think about me. Again thanking you most heartedly.

I am yours gratefully

W.T.Stead

Webmaster's note... This letter came from an album which was auctioned by Clevedon Salesrooms in September, 2001. The album, which also included letters from Charles Dickens, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Alexander Graham Bell, belonged to Victorian philanthropist and businessman Mark Whitwill, who ran a successful shipping agency in Bristol during the late 1800s. My thanks to Clevedon Salerooms for this contribution.