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Writes on the death of Henry Sidgwick, expressing her sympathy with Nora on her loss. Refers to Nora's letter written from Cliftonville two months previously. States how Henry's 'brave facing of the great parting and change' touched them profoundly. Relates that [F.W.] Cornish was present at the Synthetic Society in June, and heard Henry's 'noble delivery of what had to be said on that occasion, and received his own account, now to be forgotten of what was to follow.' Refers also to her sister, Mrs Freshfield, having seen Henry in Bond Street. Expresses her deepest regret at not having replied to the letter from Cliftonville, and claims that she had 'so much hope that ample time for correspondence' would follow. Claims to have wished to tell Nora then how she had ventured to ask Henry and Nora 'to be with all the young men' and [the Cornishes] about that time, having had such happy memories of a visit Henry paid to them in the summer of 1897, when he 'turned the conversation to subjects thrillingly interesting' to her [soldier] son, Francis, who 'went back to India with the recollection of something exquisite enjoyed with the older generation...' Says that [the letter] is an answer to Nora's note about Henry from Margate.