Mrs. Grant of Laggan: Comments on Isobel Smith of Jordanhill, in 1815

Letter XXXVI To Mrs. Gorman, Kilmore, Ireland

Edinburgh, 19th December, 1815

Archibald Smith’s wife, Isobel, was Anne Grant’s “friend of forty years’ standing”, and described as a “pure-minded, meek, and amiable being, has an excellent and kind heart, an improved mind, and much delicacy of feeling; as a wife and mother she is unequalled, but as a friend and companion she is less perfect, because, from a certain diffidence of herself, she is too anxious, and always too much afraid of failing in some of her duties, to have that delightful tranquillity, that animated peace, that diffuses such a charm round her mate.”