Letters of Anne Brontë
Throughout her life Anne is known to have written hundreds of letters.
Indeed, during her last few years she wrote many counselling letters to
her former charges at Thorp Green, who turned to their former governess,
rather than their mother, in times of trouble. 'Unlike Emily, Anne was
a competent and charming letter writer';153 and
even Charlotte, who persisted in seeing Anne as having only moderate skills,
expressed her surprise to Ellen Nussey on receiving Anne's first letter
from Blake Hall, where, at the age of nineteen, she had just taken up her
first post as a governess: 'You would be astonished,'
Charlotte wrote, 'what
a sensible, clever letter she writes'. Sadly, only five of Anne's
letters have survived.154n
P.J.M. Scott, another author who has written a book of assessment
on Anne's work, called the letters 'each a marvel
The text of them all is presented here.
To Ellen Nussey (October 1847)
To Ellen Nussey (January 1848) (with pictures)
To William Smith Williams (Publisher) (September 1848)
To the Reverend David Thom (December 1848)
To Ellen Nussey (April 1849) (with pictures)
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