Category Archives: Letters

A Letter to My Boys – May 1920

Dear Rogues. I saw some boys the other day planting their cricket stumps and immediately your yells were brought to my mind. I nearly stopped and asked them “Where’s Binks? He is such a grand bowler.” Some very proper little … Continue reading

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In Defence of Poor Gretchen – January 1910

(This the final letter on the controversy surrounding Killing the Turkeys, however Margaret doesn’t let it drop and mentions it twice more in her next two columns.) Letter to the Editor: Sir, I am sorry to see more farmers’ wives … Continue reading

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Farming with Refinement – January 1910

(And it goes on) The letter of “Another Farmer’s Wife” in your last issue is highly amusing. After giving an impressive description of the vastness of her native farm, etc., she says “but possibly Gretchen considers even that experience confined … Continue reading

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In Defence of ” Farmers Wife” January 1910

(Margaret obviously wasn’t  afraid of causing controversy. In the previous post she defended herself strongly, however the letters continued coming in) Letter to the editor: Might I ask a few lines of space in your valuable paper to defend the … Continue reading

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Digusting Description – January 1910

(The previous post obviously caused controversy) Letter to the editor. Sir, May I be permitted to enter a protest against “Gretchen’s” paragraph on killing turkeys in your issue of 1st January. Although born and brought up on a farm I … Continue reading

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Culture and Elegance of Diction – March 1894

Unlike the Irishman (writes ALOS) who candidly owns he was spoiling for a fight, Gretchen disclaims all love of controversy and ambition of fencing in public and forthwith proceeds at great length to indulge herself in the very weaknesses she … Continue reading

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Darning and Love Letters – March 1901

If the final verdict upon these “letters” has been passed by the English-speaking inhabitants of three continents, why ask the opinion of an obscure Scotch woman who has most emphatically declared that she had neither the equipment, nor faculty for … Continue reading

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It Must have been a Man – March 1901

(Extract from letter to The Scottish Farmer from “Cosmos”)…….. March. Only a few days ago, but before Gretchen’s remarks or even promise of remarks, appeared in print, I was talking with another English woman about the book and we both … Continue reading

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“Englishman” Replies to gretchen Review – March 1901

(A letter to The Scottish Farmer). March. I beg to thank Gretchen for all courtesy, devoting her valuable time and experience to “An English Woman’s Love Letters.” As the book has won such very general acceptance over all the English-speaking … Continue reading

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Dealing with That Woman’s Letters – March 1901

It is an unlucky truth that, in a light moment I wrote down that I would tell my readers what I thought of the book, “The English Woman’s Love letters.” There are quite a number of reasons why I have … Continue reading

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