Philadelphia: Printed and Sold for the Friendly Society, 1885. First edition. 16mo, original printed wrappers, 27,  pages. Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled and a bit foxed; a good, sound copy. Item #14709
The progresive Unitarian minister here examines the novelist's long-term relationship with G. H. Lewes, with whom she had eloped in 1854 (despite his open marriage with Agnes Jervis, he was unable to secure a divorce). As a contemporary review of the second edition of the pamphlet in Book News notes, "His conclusion is that her connection with Mr. Lewes is to be condemned as an action inconsistent with the welfare of society, although it left no stain on her womanly character. In brief, that it was illegal and inexpedient, but not base. He ranks it with the treachery of Stonewall Jackson."