Letter to Ellen Nussey, 1 May 1849, page 4

Charlotte Brontë

Letter to Ellen Nussey, dated Haworth, 1 May 1849

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Charlotte Brontë’s brother, Branwell, and sister Emily both died in late 1848. Within months, her last surviving sibling, Anne, was also gravely ill. In this letter to her close friend Ellen, Charlotte reveals her anxiety about their planned trip to the seaside town of Scarborough, where Anne had begged to be taken. Charlotte, Anne, and Ellen did make the trip, and Anne died there, at the age of twenty-nine, a few weeks after Charlotte sent this letter.


I am sorry to hear that poor Mr. Gorham is so much worse – but somehow I thought he would hardly get down to Yorkshire.

Papa continues pretty well, and I have had better health myself during the last two or three weeks than I had a month ago. I trust I shall be enabled to bear up – So far I have reason for thankfulness.

You will miss Amelia Ringrose’s society – Take care of yourself – observe regular exercise – and be on your guard against cold: hea[l]th is a priceless blessing and one of which we may be easily robbed. If Anne seems at all better – or even no worse in a week or two I will let you know

Yours faithfully

C Brontë