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RUSKIN, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, "JRuskin," to "My dear Uncle," expressing shock at the death of his nurse, explaining that he cannot attend the funeral because the winter brings risk of illness to his own parents, anticipating a visit in the spring, and requesting that he convey to Bridget that his own mother wants her to write and describe Margaret's illness. 3 1/2 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; marginal discoloration from matting, small closed tear at center vertical fold; matted with portrait and framed. "Denmark Hill" [London], 2 November 1856
"Although we were in a great degree prepared to hear of poor Margaret's illness taking a fatal form, it was a severe shock to us all when we heard of her loss; and we shall feel it more and more every day, as the loss of a loving heart is always felt. To her, the release from the long continued pain must have been indeed desirable and full of blessing--for us all, it remains now to pray that we may so live as to meet all whom we love, & who have loved us, where there will be no pain, nor misunderstanding, nor fear, nor anxiety, nor sorrow any more. I do not know, yet, how you are to get on without her, or who will be best able to take her place in nursing you if the illness which you are suffering from should continue with as much severity this winter, but I trust, also, that in some measure, you will be easier with another nurse, for you must often have felt your own pain doubled by anxiety for poor Margaret. . . ."