Ruskin wrote in May 1879:
I have determined to fetch you all to Coniston and have you near me at all events for some weeks in order to put you on your road in work and thought……. I think the lodgings will be ready. You have two children I think? I hope the air will be good for them and your wife as May Shropshire breezes-and the flowers are just waiting to be modelled. Have you the money to come?
Ever affectionately yours