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Autograph letter signed - RUSSELL, BERTRAND - 1907. 
two pages n.d."Friday"[c.1907], London - To pioneering trades-unionist and suffragist Ivy Pretious, commiserating on a health matter: " . . . I was relieved to learn yesterday that they had not had to cut off a bit of your finger" and altering an arrangement to meet: "My wife has decided to stay in town on the night of the 12th. & I can't well manage to come to dinner. I am much disappointed, but vexatious things will happen." Pretious, illegitimate and adandoned as a child, was secretary of the Free Trade Union and one of the highest-paid women in the country. Russell was much invloved in the campaign for women's suffrage and in the final stages of his disastrous first marriage to Alys Pearsall Smith. He confided to Pretious his hope of "emancipation from my bondage before too long" but it is not clear whether their relationship was other than Platonic. Pretious married Lord Tennyson in 1909 and, on meeting her son in the 1950s, Russell requested he: "Tell Ivy that I think of her every . . . " and, searching for the correct interval, " . . . week." In excellent condition.
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