Anticipating the gift of a cupboard from his old nurse Cummy and answering the questions set on his last letter to her.
[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1670.]
To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 346]
[Skerryvore, Bournemouth, July or August 1886]
My dear Cummy,
The cupboard has not yet turned up, and I was hanging on to be able to say it had.
However, that is only a trick to escape another letter, and I should despise myself if I kept it up. It was truly kind of you, dear Cummy, to send it to us: and I will let you know where we set it and how it looks.
Carus Rearn and Andrew Silex and the others were from a story you read me in Cassell’s Family Paper, and which I have been reading again and found by no means a bad story.
Mr. Galpin lent me all the old volumes, and I mean to re-read Custaloga also, but have not yet.
It was strangely like old times to read the other; don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?
That was Andrew Silex. – Yours most affectionately,