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Edith E. Cuthell (1852–1929)

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Edith E. Cuthell, born Edith Ellen Foster, married Lt. Col. Thomas George Cuthell, an officer in the Royal Artillary. She accompanied him to his posting in India. There she tried to allay her homesickness for England and family with a garden, as did many of her countrywomen. She wrote a series of letters to her mother about her life that were later published as My Garden City in the City of Gardens (1895), including the famous lines, "My violets are in bloom. You cannot think how one treasures out here the quiet little home flower. Dear little English flowers." When the couple returned to England, they settled in Surrey. Edith wrote novels and short stories, many of them set in India, such as Little Nellie's Days in India (1883) and In the Mutiny Days (1892). Her memoirs included Indian Idylls, by an Idle Exile (1890), and In Camp and Cantonment: Stories of Foreign Service (1897). She also wrote biographies of aristocratic women.
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