13 January (1849): Charlotte Bronte to William Smith Williams

Charlotte Bronte

At the time of this letter’s writing the Brönte household was in disarray. Branwell, Charlotte’s elder brother, had died from a case of alcoholism-enflamed bronchitis in September 1848. Soon after Branwell’s death, Emily succumbed to tuberculosis. All responsibility of the family’s care and upkeep fell to Charlotte, who took another blow when Anne, the youngest, started with a racking cough. Charlotte addresses William Smith Williams, one of her editors at the publishing house of Smith, Elder, and Co. Her hopes, outlined below, were too generous; Anne’s case of TB proved fatal in May.

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Bronte letter to be auctioned in Edinburgh : The Edinburgh Reporter

A rare autographed letter signed, from Charlotte Brontë to a David Waldie, [L.R.C.S.] (1813-1889), thanking him for his appreciative comments regarding Jane Eyre and the gift of some “…little books”, addressed from Gloucester Terrace, London, dated January 19th, 1853 will be sold at Lyon & Turnbull tomorrow and is estimated to reach £10,000-12,000.

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