ARNOLD, Matthew (1822-1888). Poet and critic.
Two Autograph Letters Signed to Miss Phipson, in all 6 pages 8vo, 38 Eaton Place, 22 and 24 January 1855. The first letter asks Miss Phipson to find suitable lodgings for his family on their impending visit to Birmingham, the second thanks her for her help, but declining to accept the ones she offers.
'... What we want is two sitting-rooms and two good bedrooms - if one of the bedrooms has a small room that might serve for a dressing room attached, so much the better. ... What we have been in the habit of giving for our lodgings in Edgbaston has been about £2 per week - rather less - but for comfortable well-situated rooms I would not mind giving £2.10. ...'
'... I think however that the rent asked for the drawing room floor (which would alone suit us, as bedrooms in the attics do not sound inviting) too high for the accommodations and situation, and I am also rather alarmed by the objection about children, although we have only two, and they are, I believe, well managed children enough ...'
Arnold's post as Inspector of Schools required him to travel all over England, enriching his knowledge and understanding of English provincial life.
The Arnolds had two sons at this time, Thomas and Trevenen. Their third child, another son, was born later in the year of these letters.
Only part of one letter is shown in the image.