Sunday.– It is cold enough now for us to prefer dining upstairs to dining below without a fire, & being only three we manage it very well, & today with two more we shall do just as well, I dare say; Miss Foot & Miss Wethered are coming. My Mother is much pleased with Elizabeth’s admiration of the rug– & pray tell Elizabeth that the new mourning gown is to be made double only in the body & sleeves.–
Martha thanks you for your message, & desires you may be told with her best Love that your wishes are answered & that she is full of peace & comfort here.– I do not think however that here she will remain a great while, she does not herself expect that Mrs Dundas will be able to do with her long. She wishes to stay with us till Christmas if possible.– Lyddy goes home tomorrow; she seems well, but does not mean to go to service at present.– The Wallops are returned.– Mr John Harrison has paid his visit of duty & is gone. We have got a new Physician, a Dr Percival, the son of a famous Dr Percival of Manchester, who wrote Moral Tales for Edward to give to me.–
When you write again to Catherine thank her on my part for her very kind & welcome mark of friendship. I shall value such a Broche very much.– Goodbye my dearest Cassandra [continued below address panel]
Yrs very affecly JA.
Have you written to Mrs E. Leigh?– Martha will be glad to find Anne in work at present, & I am as glad to have her so found.–
We must turn our black pelisses into new, for Velvet is to be very much worn this winter.–
Edward Austen’s Esqr