Mrs C. W. Earle (1836-1925) was born into the minor aristocracy as Maria Theresa Villiers. After training as an artist, she married Captain C. W. Earle, who inherited family property which enabled a comfortable lifestyle with a town house in London and a small property with a large garden in Surrey. Earle's designs for her garden were much admired by her artistic and literary circle, and she was encouraged to write down her gardening advice. In 1903 she published A Third Pot-Pourri, the third in a very successful series of writings about gardening, cookery, travel and art, but the emphasis in A Third Pot-Pourri is very much on the importance of diet to health, though there are plenty of other topics. The final section of A Third Pot-Pourri contains the last letters home of Mrs Earle's son Sydney, a captain in the Coldstream Guards, who was killed late in 1899 during the Boer War.
2. Health of others
5. Wholesome food on three shillings a week
6. Eighteen hundred a year
16. The journal of a tour in the north of Europe in 1825-6
17. The last letters of Captain Sydney Earle, Coldstream Guards
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