I became acquainted with Margaret in 1835.
Perhaps it was a year earlier that Henry Hedge
, who had long been her friend, told me of her genius and studies, and loaned me her manuscript translation of Goethe
I was afterwards still more interested in her, by the warm praises of Harriet Martineau
, who had become acquainted with her at Cambridge
, and who, finding Margaret's fancy for seeing me, took a generous interest in bringing us together.
I remember, during a week in the winter of 1835-6, in which Miss Martineau
was my guest, she returned again and again to the topic of Margaret's excelling genius and conversation, and enjoined it on me to seek her acquaintance; which I willingly promised.
I am not sure that it was not in Miss Martineau
's company, a little earlier, that I first saw her. And I find a memorandum, in her own journal, of a visit, made by my brother Charles and myself, to Miss Martineau
, at Mrs. Farrar
's. It was not, however, till the next July, after a little diplomatizing in billets by the ladies, that her first visit to our house was arranged, and she came to spend