manuscript rhyming couplets in "3 Passages", illustrated with 8 marginal vignettes, title in red, blue and black + 12 pp. stitched, sm.4to, folded, some slight wear,
The young Lady Mary de Monins leaves her finishing school in Brighton - "Bright on Brighton rose the sun" and is met by her mother at the Railway Station "But 'ere she reached the narrow platform's side / Amid the crowd her loving Mère she spied... Expresse'd her fears in travelling quite alone / In terms pathetic that would move a stone / Trusted no horrid man would sit beside her / Here her fond mother found fit to chide her". They travel to Aspall Hall the home of her grandmother and 2 maiden Aunts for Christmas. She is invited by Mrs. Cobbold of "Holywells" to a New Year's Eve Ball in Ipswich Town Hall. Of the two suitor, James the Old Etonian who has trouble taking off his gloves "tug-mutton", and Cornet Edgar Millsom - "In short fair Mary and this son of Mars / Can be compared to nothing but two stars".
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