A George Eliot Chronology by Timothy Hands (auth.)

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8 Begins a fortnight's stay with the Brays at Rosehill. 16 Herbert Spencer arrives at Rosehill. 17 Leaves Rosehill for London, where she commences residence at 21 Cambridge Street. 20 Reports to Cara Bray, 'I like my lodgings . . and I have not one disagreeable to complain of at present' (Letters, n, 119). 21 Sends Combe her comments on his Relation of Religion to Science. 22 Reading Leigh Hunt's The Religion of the Heart. 28 Visited by Harriet Martineau. 38 A George Eliot Chronology November 1 (Tues) Again visited by Harriet Martineau.

24 Tells Bray that she has determined to leave Chapman's house. 25 Corrects Charles Bray's mistake of supposing that she dictates 1853 35 Chapman's letters, and praises Chapman's industry. Doctor summoned to treat her rheumatism. 27 Reports herself to the Brays in frightful pain. 28 Rheumatism improved. February 1 (Tues) Gives Clementia Taylor her opinion on Gaskell's Ruth: 'How women have the courage to write and publishers the spirit to buy at a high price the false and feeble representations of life and character that most feminine novels give, is a constant marvel to me.

June 2 (Mon) Writes the prospectus for the Westminster. 5 GE and Chapman make a 'solemn and holy vow' to bind them to 'the right' (Haight, p. 91). 9 Suggests to Chapman that he should give out that he employs an editor whilst himself retaining editorial responsibility. 12 Advises Chapman on how the proofs of the prospectus might have been circulated more diplomatically. 15 Gives Chapman further advice on attracting supporters for the Westminster. 20 Sends Chapman her verdict on several Westminster contributions, and advises against inviting Charlotte Bronte to write an article on modem novelists: 'She would have to leave out Currer Bell, who is perhaps the best of them all' (Letters I, 355).

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