long drive of Edgeworthstown. Mrs. Ruxton's three children--Richard, Sophy, and Margaret--were Maria Edgeworth's dearest companions and friends.
The great love which Miss Edgeworth always felt for children was tried and developed to its fullest extent in the ever increasing family circle. Mrs. Elizabeth Edgeworth added nine more brothers and sisters to the group of six which already existed; the eldest of them, Henry, born in 1782, was entrusted to Maria's especial care.
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MARIA to MISS CHARLOTTE SNEYD.
EDGEWORTHSTOWN, _Dec. 9, 1787._
I think, my dear Aunt Charlotte, I did not know till Henry returned to us after his six weeks' absence, how very agreeable even a child of his age can make himself, but I am sure that his journey has been productive of so much pleasure to me from the kindness and approbation you have shown, and has left on my mind so full a conviction of your skill in the art of education, that I should part with Henry again to-morr