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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
William Harness to A. G. K. L'Estrange, 21 October 1867

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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“The New Inn, Mundesley, Norwich,
“Oct. 21, 1867.
“My dear L’Estrange,

“I can’t write more than a few lines, to tell you of my whereabouts, for my eyes are dim with working ever since breakfast at Miss Gold-
smid’s letters. I have begun at the end, at poor
Miss Mitford’s death, and am working back. I have done all the long MS. of Mrs. Jennings.

“There was a great deal to be cut out—things told in other letters, and some things actionable as calumny—viz.: ‘the account of the raffle for Southey’s copyrights.’ The dissensions of that family were very painful and very incomprehensible. In London, everybody was of Mrs. S.’s faction: at Keswick, everybody was of the children’s faction. I suppose, as in all family quarrels, everybody was a little right, and as much wrong as they could be.

“We hope to leave this and begin our return home on Monday. On getting home, I shall write to my acquaintance Appleton, the New York publisher, and negotiate with him for the publication of the book in America, as well as in England. It seems to me that Miss Mitford’s reputation there was greater than with us. There is a means of securing copyright in both quarters of the globe, but we must inquire what those means are.

“Believe me to be,
“Yours ever,
W. Harness.”