Twenty-Two Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning Addressed to Henrietta and Arabella Moulton-Barrett

Twenty-Two Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning Addressed to Henrietta and Arabella Moulton-Barrett

Twenty-Two Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning Addressed to Henrietta and Arabella Moulton-Barrett

Twenty-Two Unpublished Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning Addressed to Henrietta and Arabella Moulton-Barrett

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An account of how these twenty-two letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning came to be preserved, as given in an interview granted by J. A. S. ALTHAM grandson of Captain Surtees Cook, later known as Major Altham, who married Henrietta Moulton-Barrett, sister of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

The interview took place in June, 1935, at Mr. Altham's home at Pleamore Cross, Taunton, Somerset, England.

The habit of collecting family letters has been a tradition in the Altham family for something like three hundred years. There is in my possession now a volume of letters of the family dating back to the middle of the seventeenth century. The earliest of these is dated about 1670. These original manuscripts of Altham family letters are pasted in an enormous calf-bound volume, fully indexed at the beginning, and they are annotated to show their dates and contexts and the events in connection with which they were written.

My grandfather, Captain Surtees Cook (or Major Altham, as he was known later in life) showed . . .

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