[Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey, on life as a teacher at Miss Wooler's school, Dewsbury Moor, June 1837:]
'My life since I saw you last has passed on as monotonously and unvaryingly as ever, nothing but teach, teach, teach, from morning till night. The greatest variety I ever have is afforded by a letter from you, or a call from the Taylors [friends], or by meeting with a pleasant new book. "The Life of Oberlin" and Legh Richmond's "Domestic Portraiture" are the last of this description I have perused. The latter work strongly attracted, and strangely fascinated, my attention. Beg, borrow, or steal it without delay; and read the "Memoir of Wilberforce," that
short record of a brief, uneventful life, I shall never forget; it is beautiful, not on account of the incidents it details, but because of the simple narration it gives of the life and death of a young, talented, and sincere Christian. Get the book, Ellen (I wish I had it to give you), read it and tell me what you think of it.'