Autumn, 1872, during her last visit to America, New York City. On embossed stationary with brown seal, 4 pages on folded sheet. "New York Hotel. Friday. To Wallis MacKay (1852-1907), noted Irish-born writer, journalist and cartoonist for Punch. "Dear Mr. MacKay. Most heartily do we wish you both a pleasant voyage across the "cruel cruel sea" & a speedy return to this "great country." Of course, you couldn't spend yr last eve in N.Y. in listening to an English lecture, tho' I keep strictly to the hour [underlined] 8 to 9! I have brought your midnight expedition in. Shall I mention you by name? Just send yes or no to Chickering Hall 5th Avenue [underlined]. I am obliged show up also the "bitter cry of outcast London" now making such a stir there & here, or I should be told tomorrow morning to look at home [underlined], & I must sandwich in any thrusts here very carefully with such confessions, or I should raise anger when I want to stir up some hearty action for good..." "...the Herald & Tribune between them will give some decent report tomorrow, if you have time to carry them with you. I shall not forget your promise of sending to us what you write..." Speaking of a Miss Robinson, she writes, has not had time find the parcel, etc. Closing, "In haste yr true Faithfull [underlined]," and addends: "In case you run in... these platform tickets will take you where you please in the Hall." Faithfull mentions MacKay early in her book, ìThree Visits to America,î (Edinburgh, 1884), regarding his visit to New York and the squalor he found there, "who crossed the Atlantic when I made my last visit to America..." etc. Emily Faithfull's visits to America, along with her lectures, are fully chronicled in the aforementioned book, but her legacy as reformer and outspoken critic of the poor, disenfranchised and marginalized citizens of the "free world," serves as an indelible historical imprint, and this letter, written on her last tour and lecture circuit, provides and interesting and noteworthy firsthand snapshot. Remant of glassine tape at margin of fold, slight and unobtrusive lightening of ink in areas due to oxidation, but a very good and fully intact example.
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