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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D8760/F/FSJ/1/1/4
Former ReferenceD3311/8/1/3
TitleLetter from Eleanor Anne Porden to John Franklin, sending him a copy of her published book, "Coeur de Lion"
Date16 Nov 1822
DescriptionGratified by his desire to read, given he is so occupied with other things; he must not feel he has to read it out out of politeness, and as her friends are frequently the last to read her works, she will not be offended if he does not; he will understand what she means better in six months time.
Extent1 sheet
RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
SenderEleanor Anne Porden
Sender LocationBerners Street
RecipientJohn Franklin
Recipient LocationNo address
Archive CreatorSir John Franklin (1786-1847)
Gell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth
Transcript or IndexDear Sir
I send you Coeur de Lion, according to promise, & cannot but feel much gratified by your desire to read it at a time when you are so deeply, and I should say, so much more interestingly occupied. At the same time I must beg that you will not deem it a point of necessary civility to peruse my two volumes. I have learnt from experience that it is sometimes inconvenient to be acquainted with an author, & I have also been taught not to feel affronted if my friends should be the last to read any work of mine. You will perhaps understand this last remark better six months hence, but I shall indeed be glad if my Richard have power to amuse any of the pauses of your own literary labours.
So then, as to all your undertakings I cordially wish success, but must be permitted to doubt whether the severe application you propose will be good, either for your headache or your book.
My compliments to Dr and Mrs Richardson.
Yours sincerely, Eleanor Anne Porden
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