Love letters (1845-1847)

Robert Abbott sent a number of love letters to his sweetheart Mary, some discussing their wedding preparations. The first letter in the collection has a floral lithographed design in its top left, with a hand painted rose detail. In elaborate handwritten calligraphy the sonnet dedicated to Mary begins 'Mary on the New Year./ Another year upon the book of mind' and ends 'Light of all the worlds! Where good divinely glows,/ And wisdom's self to her life-crowned temples shows./ Maesbury House/ Jany 1, 1845'.