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Two Autograph Letters Signed, to "my dear - MacDonald, George - 1886. [1272928]
, 1886. 1886. Four pages each, Hampstead Heath (London) 1886 and Maryhill (Glasgow) [1892]. (Mrs.) Alice Jackson, of Kirkbuddo near Forfar, Angus, Scotland, was a friend of the Scottish fantasy novelist George Macdonald; both letters begin "My dear Alice".~The first letter is on mourning stationery of "Cedar Lawn, Hampstead Heath N.W." and is dated by hand "Aug. 19, 1886."It reads:~You see I do not like to forget old times, and so acknowledge a victory of the old bald man with the scythe [Father Time?] -- therefore call you by the old name. It was I fear rather a rude thing to send that packet without a letter, but I was greatly occupied, and let it go without its chaperon. It ought to have been sent to you long before. Since then I have been to see my mother and uncle. They are indeed both wonderfully well. I wish I could see them often, but even next Monday we start again for Bordighera [on the Italian Riviera]. You may be sure if we were near you we should be very glad to go & see you. If my wife were by me she would send her love. Please remember me most kindly to Dr. Jackson. You will surely be coming to the Riviera some day? Pardon haste, & believe me yours affectionately, George MacDonald".~The second letter is on stationery of "Killermont, Maryhill" and is dated "Glasgow Sunday night" but with the accompanying envelope (addressed to "Mrs. Jackson | Kirkbuddo | near Forfar") postmarked Aberdeen Feb. 19, 1892 and again on the back Forfar Feb. 20. This letter reads:~I still may call you so [My dear Alice] -- may I not? It is very kind of you to want me to come to you, but I do not see how I am to do it, for I am so much occupied. I preached in Glasgow this morning. Tomorrow & Tuesday I lecture here, Wednesday at Dundee, Thursday at Stirling, and Friday at Aberdeen. Then come Peterhead, Banff, Inverness, Huntly next week, and Sunday at Bristol. I had given the arrangement of my lectures into the hands of Mr Smith the bookseller at Aberdeen, and he did not favour the idea of Forfar [near Alice]. But if anyone there would take the thing up, I would try to come to you next year, if I come again so far north, for then, I suppose, I might have the pleasure of being your guest. This time I fear it cannot be managed, without more fatigue than I ought to encounter while having to work. From now till the end of October I have every night occupied, or at most two, more likely only one, disengaged -- Sundays also are occupied. My wife is not with me, nor one of my people. You see I am allowed to go about alone now, I am so much better. I have been working as hard as ever in my life -- with the proofs of four books sometimes on my table at once. I mention this as some excuse for not having written to you, as I fear you think I ought to have done. But at the time it did not seem imperative, and so, in the much that must be done, I let it pass. Thanking you again for your kind letter, I am always yours affectionately George MacDonald.~Both letters are in fine condition, folded when mailed.
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