[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 526.]
To Alison Cunningham [Simpson 1898, p. 110]
inscription in her copy of An Inland Voyage
[Swanston, May 1878.]
My dear Cummy,
If you had not taken so much trouble with me all the days of my childhood, this little book would never have been written. Many a long night you sat up with me when I was ill. I wish I could hope, by way of return, to amuse a single evening for you with my little book!
But whatever you may think of it, I know you will continue to think kindly of