'I am anxious to thank S.G. [Signor Giovanni = John Gisborne] for the pleasure I have received from his tale of Italy a tale all Italy - breathing of the land I love - the descriptions are beautiful - & he has shed a great charm round the concentrated & undemonstrative person of his gentle heroine. I suppose she is the reality of the story. - Did you know her? - It is difficult however to judge how to procure for it the publication it deserves [Mary details the problems] But there arises a stronger objection from the length of the story - As the merit lies in the beauty of the details, I do not see how it could [be] but cut down to [underlined] one quarter [underlining ends] of its present length, which is as long as any tale printed in an Annual'
[Letter to Maria Gisborne]