January 1st, 1863
"My feelings for some time have been, 'The people are famishing, what can I do to help?'"
In this letter FR lists some things she is doing and has done in the past to alleviate suffering due to famine.
In the 1822 famine,
Gave every particle of gold she possessed and
Painted miniatures to sell
For the present famine,
Cut back her living expenses in every way she can think of
Influenced others to give
Is giving away all the income from three of her books. This she did by first investing a L320 legacy in their printing.
In another letter of the same date, FR promotes the use of free-labour calico, that is cotton cloth made in India rather than that made by slaves, which is just as cheap and just as good.
There is no sense in these letters of her making resolutions for the New Year. It is simply the continuation of her lifelong style of living.