Four sides of a folded small octavo sheet, dated 'Dec. 18, 1873'. The letter is an application for charity on behalf of a Mrs. Coles, who apparently delivered the note in person to [Dr. Cradock?] the Principal of Brazenose College, Oxford. 'The Bearer, Mrs. Coles has asked me to give her a little note to you: she hoped that you would be in some way able to let her share some Christmas gifts which she says that you dispense. She says that her mother's family were known at Brazenose College but they are all dead now; it will be some 20 years ago....'Pusey goes on to briefly relate some of Mrs. Coles' circumstances, noting that her husband, a labourer, 'was for some time not free from the temptation to drink....' *Phillip Edward Pusey (1830-1880) was the only son of Edward Bouverie Pusey, one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Phillip Pusey graduated B.A. in 1854 and M.A. in 1857, from Christ Church (which had also been his father's college). Although he was physically infirm, the Dictionary of National Biographydescribes him as 'anindefatigable student, and a very great help to his father'. He died in January 1880, a few years after the date of this letter. Item #075793

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