BRONTË, Patrick (1777-1861). Autograph letter signed ('P. Brontë') to George Taylor, Haworth, 29 February 1844, 3 pages, 4to, with integral address panel, remnants of wax seal (a few splits or holes at folds, tear from seal with loss affecting final page, address panel lightly browned, occasional spots).
A compassionate letter, concerning a 'very severe and great affliction, one of the greatest that can fall to our human nature'. Brontë writes to George Taylor, of the Manor House at Stanbury, of his concern for his fellow churchwarden, Enoch Thomas, to whom he has tried to offer 'the most consolatory advice ... but what can console a man, under his circumstances?'. Brontë, who is unable to venture out into the snow because of his 'very weak' eyes, displays a deep sympathy and understanding of Thomas's plight, 'His mind, which is, in a very disordered state should be diverted, as much as possible, from his present way of thinking -- He is ... unfit, for his present arduous, situation'. Thomas, the landlord of the King's Arms, was suffering from depression , following his involvement in the Beaver forgery case held at York As sizes on 20 March 1843 (ed. D. Green, The Letters of the Reverend Patrick Brontë, Nonsuch: 2005, p.145, n.2). Published in The Letters of the Reverend Patrick Brontë, p.168.