sweet_gardenia (sweet_gardenia) wrote in little_details,

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London Working Class Neighborhoods and Writing Etiquette

A bit of help if you please my friends, two very minor historical details that are driving me insane. I have browsed through historical letter archives, a very nicely detailed map of Charles Dickens-era London and several Wikipedia articles about areas of London and thus far have come up empty-handed.

My setting is roughly mid 1800's and obviously London and my questions are:

1) What would have been a good working-class neighborhood in London in that time period where a German woman could run a boarding house?

2) How would a young Victorian gentleman of roughly 30 or so properly address a polite but warm letter to a older woman not related to him by blood? Think like an adopted mother type scenario. They are both middle class and the man is reasonably well-educated

thank you in advance
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