The Roadmender (2) - Earlier LIfe
After recovery she returned to London and, while on some philanthropic errand, met the wealthy Dowson family who lived at 91 Cheyne Walk. Joseph E Dowson was a Civil Engineer and his wife Mary, a Surgeon Physician. A close relationship developed and Margaret, in deteriorating health was cared for and eventually adopted as a daughter by Joseph and took the family surname. This caused distress to some members of the Barber family but won the ready approval of her elder married sister.
Each summer the Dowson family travelled down to Mock Bridge House in West Sussex and it was here in 1900 that Margaret Fairless Dowson began to write “The Roadmender”. Notwithstanding her deteriorating condition she survived another winter in Chelsea and was able to return the following summer where she completed her book just before her death.
Continued - "The Resting Place"