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Letter from Mary L. Cannan to Nora Sidgwick

Thanks Nora for having sent a copy of 'the Memoir of one whom I regarded with so much esteem and affection [Henry Sidgwick: a Memoir]. Is at present 'deep in Morley's Life of Gladstone ', and also has Mathilde Serao's Il Paese di Gesù [to read]. Reports that her health is still good, but is aware of a deterioration in her mental and physical strength over the previous six months. Reports that her nephew, Charles Cannan, with his wife and family, have taken lodgings in the vilage for three weeks around Easter, which pleases her greatly. Relates that their hills [in Westmorland] are still covered in snow, but that the valleys are green and the roads are again passable for pedestrians. Asks Nora to burn any old letters of hers that she finds. Adds that she is glad to hear 'tolerable accounts of [the] William Sidgwicks and of Arthur.' Tells her not to be overworking herself.

Cannan, Mary Louisa (1819-1911) schoolteacher

Letter from Mary L. Cannan to Nora Sidgwick

Has been thinking a great deal about Nora over the past few months, 'with love and admiration', and is glad to hear from Th[omas?] that she is 'going to have some change of scene and interest.' Advises her to take all the rest of mind and body she possible can. Refers to the fact that Nora is gathering materials such as letter and papers with the intention of writing a memoir of Henry. Says that she herself has kept many of Henry's letters, and offers to send them to Nora at once. States that they might not meet again, but that their intercourse 'has been a highly valued privilege'. Adds that she hopes to go to Oxford in February, and that Arthur has kindly been giving her accounts of Nora.

Cannan, Mary Louisa (1819-1911) schoolteacher

Letter from Mary L[ouisa] Cannan to Nora Sidgwick

Expresses her happiness at having received a letter from Nora, and also at the news that the book is in progress. Tells Nora to do what she and Arthur please about Henry Sidgwick's letters to her [Cannan], and expresses regret that she destroyed the early ones, which were 'so full of playful, delicate humour....' Announces that the previous day was her eighty-sixth birthday, and refers to the various presents and good wishes she received. Reports that her nephew Edwin Cannan is with her and 'is a great comfort' to her in many ways. States that she is in good health still, but that 'strength is failing fast, as it is entitled to be.' Reports that they have had a glorious summer [in Westmoreland] and that the country 'has kept its verdure and coolness.' Declares that it was a pleasure to see Thomas and Miss Sharpley 'and to pick up the dropped stitches.'

Cannan, Mary Louisa (1819-1911) schoolteacher