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This is an auction for A LETTER FROM JAMES by Mona Anderson.

"On 28 February 1880 the sailing ship Westland, after a record-breaking voyage of ninety-six days from Plymouth, anchored in Lyttelton Harbour. On board were Susannah Tarling, her husband James and two sons, James and Willie. Two younger Tarling boys, Johnny and Bobby, had died on the long voyage out. Susannah was Mona Anderson’s grandmother, whom the author first introduced in her third book, Over the River: She was a cripple. She was very small, with her silver hair parted down the centre, and a little bob at the back. She was patient, kind, witty, wise and sad. Her sweet face and gentle nature endeared her to all she met. One of the large family of a well-to-do brewer in Blaenavon, Wales, Susannah had grown up in a sheltered, comfortable Methodist home before defying her parents and marrying a miner from a narby valley. After two or three years of happy married life in Wales, economic circumstances dictated emigration to New Zealand. Susannah and her husband, together with her sister Martha and brother-in-law James Jewell, faced the long and hazardous sea voyage and an uncertain life in a new land.Many were the misfortunes faced by Susannah after she left her beloved Wales—of seven children born only three survived infancy. But although frail in body she showed a magnificent strength of character, and Mona Anderson’s account brings vividly to life her grandparents’ new life in colonial Canterbury..."

Hardback 1972.

199 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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