26 July 1809 – Wednesday

[Copy of a letter to Frank Austen, 26 July 1809]

My dearest Frank, I wish you Joy
Of Mary’s safety with a boy,
Whose birth has given little pain,
Compared with that of Mary Jane.–
May he a growing Blessing prove,
And well deserve his Parents Love!
Endow’d with Art’s & Nature’s Good,
Thy name possessing with thy Blood;
In him, in all his ways, may we
Another Francis William see!–
Thy infant days may he inherit,
Thy warmth, nay insolence of spirit;-
We would not with one fault dispense
To weaken the resemblance.
May he revive thy Nursery sin,
Peeping as daringly within,
(His curley Locks but just descried)
With, “Bet, my be not come to bide.”

Fearless of danger, braving pain,
And threaten’d very oft in vain,
Still may one Terror daunt his soul
One needful engine of controul
Be found in this sublime array,
A neigbouring [sic] Donkey’s aweful Bray!–
So may his equal faults as Child
Produce Maturity as mild,
His saucy words & fiery ways
In early Childhood’s pettish days
In Manhood shew his Father’s mind,
Like him considerate & kind;
All Gentleness to those around,
And eager only not to wound.

Then like his Father too, he must,
To his own former struggles just,
Feel his Deserts with honest Glow,
And all his Self-improvement know.–
A native fault may thus give birth
To the best blessing, conscious worth.–

As for ourselves, we’re very well,
As unaffected prose will tell.
Cassandra’s pen will give our state
The many comforts that await
Our Chawton home–how much we find
Already in it to our mind,
And how convinced that when complete,
It will all other Houses beat,
That ever had been made or mended,
With rooms concise or rooms distended.
You’ll find us very snug next year;
Perhaps with Charles & Fanny near–
For now it often does delight us
To fancy them just over-right us.


Captn Austen RN
26th July

1 Response to 26 July 1809 – Wednesday

  1. Pingback: You’ll find us very snug next year; | QuinnTessence

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