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Dated Combe Hurst, 12th January, 1871. "My Dear Aunt Florence", but she was the boy's great-aunt, doubled - his maternal grandfather, Samuel Smith, was Miss Nightingale's mother's brother, and Samuel had married Miss Nightingale's father's sister (Cook and Nash, "Life of Florence Nightingale", 1913). Arthur thanks her for a gift to the family, and "Flossie and Thena (Arthur's sisters Florence and Blanche Athena) will write to you soon but they are in bed with bad colds." He describes a skating party on a pond near "Embley" where "we had a game of hockey. I went to the ponds in Richmond Park...there were about five hundred people on them. There were flocks of tits flying about....Mama brought me some stone pine seeds from Italy and she has the fruit of a yucca...I have a good many stone pines....would you like to have one, they are about six inches high?" At this time Arthur (b. 1859), his sisters Florence (b. 1858) Blanche Athena (b. 1861) and his mother Blanche Mary Shore Smith Clough, were living at the family home, Combe Hurst, Surrey. The boy's father, the poet Arthur Hugh Clough, had died of consumption in 1861. In the last several years of his life he had acted as "secretary to the Nightingale Fund....he fetched and carried for her. He made arrangements for her journeys, as we have heard, and escorted her. He saw her printers, he corrected her proofs...It was poor work to set a poet to, but he did it with cheerful modesty" (Cook and Nash, 1913). Two conjugate leaves, 3 pp. A horizontal fold and weak there, a few old creases. Some edge chipping, light foxing. In Good condition.
Title: Autograph Letter, Signed, to Florence Nightingale.
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Seller ID: [nightingale,florence]clough,arthurhughjr.375dat