ELIOT, George. Mary Ann Lewes, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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George Eliot a week before her death

ELIOT, George. Mary Ann Lewes (1819-1880). Novelist.
Receipt Signed (with the unusual late signature 'Mary Ann Cross' over a one penny revenue stamp), 1 page 8vo (oblong, a little worn), 15 December 1880. A receipt for £38 10s 2d received under the terms of the will of her late father [Robert Evans].
A rather poignant memento of the novelist.
Following the sudden death of George Henry Lewes in 1878 George Eliot had eventually married J W Cross, a New York banker then living in England. This is the story as related in the Dictionary of National Biography
'A marriage with Mr. Cross was arranged in April 1880, and was celebrated at Street George's, Hanover Square, on 6 May. They made a tour on the continent, during which her health was remarkably good, returning at the end of July. The English fogs tried her. After staying some time at Witley Mr. and Mrs. Cross came to London, 3 December 1880, to occupy a house at 4 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. She caught a chill at a concert on Saturday, 18 December, her powers rapidly failed, and she died with little pain 22 December 1880.'

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