My Dear Becky—
The Editor is ready for our history of the orphan House. If you are determined, cross as you are—to throw this business on me, you can I suppose furnish me with the documents. I have put away your letters so carefully that it will cost me more time to hunt it up than to write the particulars it contains. I want however several other particulars which I shall probably obtain from your annual reports. I heartily wish you would write the historical part at least, were it only because you have more time than I have—to say nothing of your ability to do it better than I can and I will take upon me to apply to the subject.
Are you not delighted with your sublime namesake in Ivanhoe? If Ms. Edgworth failed in her good intention towards you—Walter Scott has made ample amends. Ivanhoe is a misnomer, the title should have been the Jewess. Rebecca is completely the heroine of the tale, the only beautiful, and by far the most interesting person in the book. So firm, yet so tender—so heroic, yet so feminine, her character alone would place a wreath of glory on the brow of its author.
It is deplorable that you and I live so immensely far apart, that we are obliged to transact our affairs in writing!
Your very affectionate,