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Gladys Meredith [Mary Webb] autograph letter, May 8 [1911] to future mother-in-law

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Gladys Meredith [Mary Webb]. Autograph letter signed, May 8 [1911], to Mrs. Thomas Webb, eight pages on three folded leaves. Mary Webb writes to her future mother-in-law, who has apparently praised some of Webb’s poems. She discusses the prospects of having several of her poems published in periodicals, and says she is sorry not to have heard better news of Dr. Webb’s illness. Webb writes that her poem “The Difference” expresses some of her feelings for her father, and regrets that Mrs. Webb had not known him. Webb further writes that she and her mother (Alice Meredith) will get up early the next day to “go bird’s nesting” and says, “There are few things I love better than going out when the birds have not been awake long enough to get shy and frightened, when the world is not yet man’s—when one ‘knows one’s place’ and goes softly and just looks and listens.” Provenance: Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.