ORFORD (Harriet Bettina Frances, née Pellew, d. 1886, from 1841 wife of the 4th Earl of Orford)

Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Castletown, (1811-1889, wife of the 1st Baron), saying that she "cannot find words to express my great gratitude to you ... the kindest that any body can do now to me is to aid the 'Society Protection' here!! which is entirely the work of Lady Paget, C[onte]ssa Bardelli & myself - 'Que Dieu vs le rende' [may God reward you] is all I can say ... in health and in peace, which are the only 2 things we at our age can hope for, or desire", she continues "I wish I cld ever be of any use to you!! but it is a case of the mouse and the lion and I should not wish you to be in a net (were you the Queen of Beasts) in order to show my gratitude and my dental dexterity", she sends a "Mme. de Montaigne's memoirs - You must have known all the Noailles in days of yore ... 'le beau' Antonin de Noailles (whom I was to have married) all, all, all, dead !!! ... I am sure you knew all these then 'célébrités' - 'du jour' - Dino is going to give his own 'operette' at teatro 'Loggie' ", with a P.S. "... the account of how young ladies 'de grande maison' were brought up before 1789 is most curious - her mother & sister were both executed in 93", 4 sides 8vo black-edged, no place. [Florence], 31st March n.y., c.

Lady Orford spent her last 40 years at Florence.

Item Date:  1877

Stock No:  17238      £55

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