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THE REGENT LIBRARY

MRS. GASKELL


[ii]

Mrs. Gaskell.

After a drawing by Geo. Richmond, R.A.


[iii]

THE REGENT LIBRARY

MRS. GASKELL
BY
ESTHER ALICE CHADWICK

LONDON
HERBERT & DANIEL
21 Maddox Street
W.

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MRS. GASKELL

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Contents

PAGE
Portrait of Mrs. Gaskell, by George Richmond, R.A. Frontispiece
Introduction ix
Calendar of Principal Events in Mrs. Gaskell’s Life xxxiii
I. Poetry 1
Sketches among the Poor. No. 1.
Articles and Sketches 8
Clopton Hall.
A Greek Wedding.
Tenir un Salon.
On Furnishing, Conversation, and Games.
On Books.
French Receptions.
Description of Duncombe (Knutsford).
The Sexton’s Hero.
Advice to a Young Doctor.
The Choice of Odours.
St. Valentine’s Day.
Whit-Monday in Dunham Park.
[vi]II. Novels 59
SOCIAL QUESTIONS
Poor versus Rich.
Working Men’s Petition to Parliament, 1839.
Meeting between the Masters and their Employees.
John Barton joins the Chartists.
The Trial for Murder.
John Barton’s Confession.
Job Legh defends John Barton.
A Manchester Strike in the “Hungry Forties.”
North versus South
Nicholas Higgins discusses Religion with the Retired Clergyman.
HUMOROUS
The new Mamma—Mrs. Gibson.
Calf-Love.
Heart Trouble.
The Young Doctor’s Dilemma.
Family Prayer at Hope Farm.
Miss Galindo.
London as John Barton saw it.
Major Jenkyns visits Cranford.
Mrs. Gibson visits Lady Cumnor.
Mrs. Gibson’s Little Dinner Party.
A Visit to an Old Bachelor.
Marriage.
A Love Affair of Long Ago.
The Cat and the Lace.
Small Economies.
Elegant Economy.
Sally tells of her Sweethearts.
Sally Makes her Will.
Betty’s Advice to Phillis.
Practical Christianity.
Betty Gives Paul Manning a Lecture.
[vii]DESCRIPTIVE
Green Heys Fields.
A Lancashire Tea-party in the Early Forties.
Babby’s Journey from London to Manchester.
A Dissenting Minister’s Household.
The Chapel at Eccleston.
The Dawn of a Gala Day.
A Manchester Mill on Fire.
In Pursuit of the John Cropper.
Hobbies among the Lancashire Poor.
The Press-gang in Yorkshire during the latter part of the Eighteenth Century.
The Sailor’s Funeral at Monkshaven.
A Press-gang Riot at Monkshaven.
A Game of Blind-man’s Buff.
Philip Hepburn Leaves the New Year’s Party.
Kinraid’s Return to Monkshaven.
Roger Hamley’s Farewell.
Cousin Phillis.
The Dawn of Love.
III. Stories 317
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL
Preface to Mary Barton.
Edinburgh Society in 1830.
Cumberland Sheep-shearers.
My French Master.
Introduction to Mabel Vaughan.
BIOGRAPHICAL
Description of Charlotte Brontë.
Patrick Brontë’s Views on the Management of his Children.
[viii]Visit to Charlotte Brontë at Haworth Vicarage.
On Reviewers.
The Marriage of Charlotte Brontë.
Charlotte Brontë’s Funeral.
SHORTER EXTRACTS
Old Maids.
Mercy for the Erring.
A Clergyman’s Soliloquy.
My Lady Ludlow’s Tea-party.
The Foxglove.
A Tonic for Sorrow.
A New Commandment.
Virtue has its own Reward.
Thomas Wright.
Do the Right whatever the Consequences.
Appreciations and Testimonia 371
Bibliography 379
Iconography 387

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Introduction

I

Among women writers of the nineteenth century,none deserve more grateful remembrance than Mrs.Gaskell. Though it is forty-six years since she passedaway, her stories are still eagerly read, and there isa growing interest in her life, as was shown by thealmost universal appreciation last year when hercentenary was celebrated. To the lovers of Mrs.Gaskell’s works, age has not settled on them, thelavender may lie between their pages, but it is stillsweet, and there are many successful novelistsof our own time whose works are far less read andmore out of date than hers. Succeeding generationshave kept her memory green, and the continuedreprints of her novels prove their worth, not onlyfor the period in which they were written, but for alltime.

Such a busy, benevolent and beautiful life, thoughhomely and uneventful, could not be suppressedaltogether, for her devotees the world over claimher as one of their favourite authors, and as suchthey eagerly ask to know something of the womanwho has charmed and cheered them by her kindlyhumour, and inspired and ennobled them by hersympathetic treatment of the social wrongs createdby our industrial system.

Mrs. Gaskell is surely coming to the fuller recognitionwhich she so justly deserves, although as awriter in the fifties and early sixties she took her[x]place as a worthy contemporary of Charlotte Brontëand Charles Dickens, and had a most successfulcareer. She who was always so generous in herappreciation of others, cannot escape the willinghomage of her admirers.

Last August, when visiting a house where Mrs.Gaskell was often a very welcome guest, I wasprivileged to read a letter in which she mentionedher friend Florence Nightingale, for whom she expressedher great admiration.

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