I should like to see you Mr. Cocke in the positive you describe with your ambition & pride might too, & yourself writing under the winding sheet of Mortification – Just as I would like to see my thing now, or visit any place I had never been before – for where ever I have seen you, you have had a goodly allowance of both!

I always have thought, & still think, that there was a good deal of the Poet in you – & hope that at some future day you may be induced to show your poetical effusions – But you remember that the Disectic Village remained unheeded in a drawer for years, because Goldsmith was ashamed to show it? I <illegible> that has been the fate of many an illustrious price –

Now for the ride – dont you think we had better postpone it like some cooler evening? It almost breaks my heart to do this, but I think it would be best, for Agnes is still quite sick, & I would not like to leave her for so long a time –

I hear my chickens imploring me to come

You can see how heavily the <illegible> realities of life weigh upon me – no craving amid ambrosial flowers for me who has to wage a perpetual war against the big pig, the middle-sized pig – & the little pig!

Agnes sends her thanks for the delightful frozen cream,

Yrs truly

Mildred Lee

Lee-Jackson Collection, Leyburn Library

The letter’s envelope is addressed to: “Mr Preston Cocke Oaklands.”