||The English children's writer, novelist, and dramatist Lucy Lane Clifford (Mrs. W. K. Clifford) was born in 1846. On April
7, 1875, Lucy Lane married mathematics professor and philosopher William Kingdon Clifford, whom she met while studying art
in London. The Cliffords' home became a gathering place for distinguished literary and scientific persons of the day, including
Charles Darwin, Herbret Spencer, John Tynall, Thomas Huxley, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, James Russell Lowell, Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Leslie Stephen, Violet Hunt, and George Eliot. The eight letters written by several prominent English literary figures
to Lucy Lane Clifford in this collection comprise twenty-one pages of text and span the dates 1886 to 1890. Authors of the
letters were W. F. Pollock, C. T. Newton, James Russell Lowell, James Joseph Sylvester, Joseph Cotter Morison, J. Herbert
Stack, E. Ray Lankester, and one unidentified sender.