Letter and envelope, May Bayly

Production date
11 Apr 1900

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About this object
a) An envelope addressed to Mrs Webb, The Vicarage, Gisborne.

b) A letter written by May Bayly of Poraiti to Mrs Webb, dated 11 April 1900.

The author writes: I expect you know by this time that if it were not for your brave little girl (Alice) I should be lying cold and dead now. She continues: I will never forget that awful time when I was drowning as long as I live. I can feel those...waters, even now, clutching me and drawing me down... How Alice got strength enough to carry me and pull up a young tree, I don't know.

Alice was staying with the family for her health and May pleads with Mrs Webb to allow her to stay longer with the family. She finishes: I cannot say much about her bravery in risking her life for mine for my heart is too full for words.
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Production technique
Media/Materials description
Handwritten in black ink on paper.
Length x Width: 95 x 120mm
Height x Width: 180 x 110mm
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Credit line
from the estate of Miss Elizabeth Webb
Other number(s)
m99/78/101, 78940

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