Edith Simcox letter

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This letter was written by Edith Simcox and is important because Simcox classed Eliot as a friend and also because she was an important historical figure herself, as an author and a women’s rights campaigner.

In this letter to Eliot’s nephew, written on black edged paper after attending Eliot’s funeral  (used to symbolise mourning in Victorian society) she expresses her love for Eliot and the need to be close to the places she knew, including Griff House where Eliot grew up. She mentions pacing up and down ‘the brown canal’ which is a reference to Eliot’s poem ‘Brother and Sister’. For a transcript of the letter click here.

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