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Miss Rigby : 'Letters from Esthonia' [?i.e. Letters from the Baltic]

Lady Palgrave to John Murray: 'I have many thanks to give you for the kind present of my cousin's "Letters on Esthonia [ apparently Letters from the Baltic]," with which, not only myself, but all our boys are delighted. I read the book to them for a treat at night, and we all enjoy the lively descriptions and the clever details extremely. The writer seems to me to unite all a woman's delicacy and discrimination in home scenes and views with a want of diffuseness which is very unusual in a woman's writing. I think, too, that there is a great evidence of originality and of being [italics]undoctored[end italics], if I may use such a term, which gives much interest to Miss Rigby's work.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady Palgrave      Print: Book


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