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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
Amelia Opie to William Harness, 24 February 1843

Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
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“Lady’s Lane,
“2nd Month, 24th, 1843.
“My Dear Friend,

“I thought I should see thy name on poor dear Miss Mitford’s Committee. What a sad tale she has to tell! How she has been tried! And what a daughter she has been to a most unworthy father! I know no one like her in self-sacrifice and patient endurance. Surely, under such circumstances, the creditors will take less than their due, and wait for the rest till she can pay it. So few persons like to subscribe to pay debts, that this debt of £800 or £900 will hang, I fear, like a millstone over the subscription. But I forget—this debt paid, she may, perhaps, by the labours of her pen, support herself without help. And I do hope the Queen will double her pension.

“In the meanwhile, I am begging for her. I intend to raise £20, and to get more if I can. I shall ask a sovereign from eighteen persons—I have in hand seven already—and then send the £20 up to some one, or pay it into Gurney’s bank, to be remitted to her bankers. In such a case, and in many cases, begging is a Christian duty. She has written to me and sent me the papers to distribute.

“I think she would have gained more by an
appeal to the public in the papers, with a list of subscribers; but she and you and her agents know best what to do. I shall be very sorry if I do not raise £20 or more. How I wish it were as easy for me to serve thy nephew!

“Believe me,
“Much thine,
Amelia Opie.”