20_311 15/4/74

Embley, Romsey
15 April 1874
F.N. is writing almost before it is light in the morning; when there is a great decision to make, which must involve the moral welfare of others, must we not begin by making a sort of 'wrestling' with God if A.L.P. acts from any such motive as ---- suggests her eyes will be cruelly opened; F.N. has never let herself be guided by public opinion, which is always made up of the weakest and meanest thoughts, without the very people who had led her reproaching her for it afterwards; a good rule is to ask oneself how one would advise another in one's place.
Extract A.L.P.'s notebook GTER. LOND. REC. OFF.

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