ALS : Autograph Letter Signed[Early Women Education] ALS, Jn Howard. Preston. Nov. 29, 1823. To his daughter Sarah (“My Dear Child.”) 3 pages Autograph Letter Signed folded from a large sheet, with the 4th page showing the original stampless address panel. Usual holes where original wax seal was torn off.
She writes in her hand, in Part: “My dear child, I had great pleasure in reading your letter to your Brother—and the more—when I understood that you had not only written it, but composed it. I feel persuaded you will try to profit every Day by the kind and good instruction of your Cousin and Tutoress:--you must never esteem anything too difficult which you are set to do. If you were the King’s Daughter you would have to learn in patient submission; and how much more ready should you be to do so in your situation in Life! Your dear mother and I have always been glad to see your fondness for reading, but you must try always to understand and remember what you read—as it is not the quantity of reading but duly improving it which is the thing to be desired—and that makes it of real worth.Believe me, dear Sarah, we do not forget you, but love you much tho’ you are at a distance from us--" A touching and encouraging letter from a progressive parent whose interest in his daughter's education is clearly more than the polite drawing room variety.