7 November 1813 – Sunday – continuation from previous day

[Continued from letter begun the previous day, Saturday 6th November]

Sunday.– Dearest Henry! What a turn he has for being ill!  & what a thing Bile is!– This attack has probably been brought on in part by his previous confinement & anxiety;– but however it came, I hope it is going fast, & that you will be able to send a very good account of him on Tuesday.– As I hear on Wednesday, of course I shall not expect to hear again on friday.  Perhaps a Letter to Wrotham would not have an ill effect.  We are to be off on Saturday before the Post comes in, as Edward takes his own Horses all the way.  He talks of 9 o’clock.  We shall bait at Lenham.

Excellent sweetness of you to send me such a nice long Letter;– it made its appearance, with one from my Mother, soon after I & my impatient feelings walked in.– How glad I am that I did what I did!– I was only afraid that you might think the offer superfluous, but you have set my heart at ease.– Tell Henry that I will stay with him, let it be ever so disagreable to him.  Oh! dear me!– I have not time or paper for half that I want to say.– There have been two Letters from Oxford, one from George yesterday.  They got there very safely, Edwd two hours behind the Coach, having lost his way in leaving London.  George writes chearfully & quietly — hopes to have Utterson’s rooms soon, went to Lecture on wednesday, states some of his expences, & concludes with saying, “I am afraid I shall be poor.”– I am glad he thinks about it so soon.– I beleive there is no private Tutor yet chosen, but my Brother is to hear from Edwd on the subject shortly.–

You, & Mrs H. & Catherine & Alethea going about together in Henry’s carriage, seeing sights!– I am not used to the idea of it yet.  All that you are to see of Streatham, seen already!– Your Streatham & my Bookham may go hang.– The prospect of being taken down to Chawton by Henry, perfects the plan to me.– I was in hopes of your seeing some illuminations, & you have seen them.  “I thought you would came, & you did came.”  I am sorry he is not to came from the Baltic sooner.– Poor Mary!– My Brother has a Letter from Louisa today, of an unwelcome nature;– they are to spend the winter at Bath!– It was just decided on.– Dr Parry wished it,– not from thinking the Water necessary to Lady B.– but that he might be better able to judge how far his Treatment of her, which is totally different from anything she had been used to– is right; & I suppose he will not mind having a few more of her Ladyship’s guineas.– His system is a Lowering one.  He took twelve ounces of Blood from her when the Gout appeared, & forbids Wine &c.– Hitherto, the plan agrees with her.– She is very well satisfied to stay, but it is a sore disappointment to Louisa & Fanny.–

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The H. Bridges leave them on Tuesday, & they mean to move into a smaller House.  You may guess how Edward feels.– There can be no doubt of his going to Bath now,– I should not wonder if he brought Fanny Cage back with him.– You shall hear from me once more, some day or other.

Yours very affec:ly

We do not like Mr Hampson’s scheme.

Miss Austen
10, Henrietta Street
Covent Garden


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