24 November 1815 – Friday – from Hans Place

My dearest Cassandra

I have the pleasure of sending you a much better account of my affairs, which I know will be a great delight to  you.  I wrote to Mr Murray yesterday myself, & Henry wrote at the same time to Roworth.  Before the notes were out of the House I received three sheets, & an apology from R.  We sent the notes however, & I had a most civil one in reply from Mr M.  He is so very polite indeed, that it is quite overcoming.– The Printers have been waiting for Paper– the blame is thrown upon the Stationer– but he gives his word that I shall have no farther cause for dissatisfaction.– He has lent us Miss Williams & Scott, & says that any book of his will always be at my service.– In short, I am soothed & complimented into tolerable comfort.–

We had a visit yesterday from Edwd Knight; & Mr Mascall joined him here;– and this morng has brought Mr Mascall’s Compts & two Pheasants.– We have some hope of Edward’s coming to dinner today; he will, if he can I beleive.– He is looking extremely well.– Tomorrow Mr Haden is to dine with us.– There’s Happiness!– We really grow so fond of Mr Haden that I do not know what to expect.– He, & Mr Tilson & Mr Philips made up our circle of Wits last night; Fanny played, & he sat & listened & suggested improvements, till Richard came in to tell him that “the Doctor was waiting for him at Captn Blake’s”– and then he was off with a speed that you can imagine.  He never does appear in the least above his Profession, or out of humour with it, or I should think poor Captn Blake, whoever he is, in a very bad way.–

I must have misunderstood Henry, when I told you that you were to hear from him today.  He read me what he wrote to Edward;– part of it must have amused him I am sure;– one part alas! cannot be very amusing to anybody.– I wonder that with such Business to worry him, he can be getting better, but he certainly does gain strength, & if you & Edwd were to see him now I feel sure that you wd think him improved since Monday.  He was out yesterday, it was a fine sunshiney day here— (in the Country perhaps you might have Clouds & fogs– Dare I say so?– I shall not deceive you, if I do, as to my estimation of the Climate of London)– & he ventured, first on the Balcony, & then as far as the Greenhouse.  He caught no cold, & therefore has done more today with great delight, & self-persuasion of Improvement; he has been to see Mrs Tilson & the Malings.– By the bye, you may talk to Mr T. of his wife’s being better, I saw her yesterday & was sensible of her having gained ground in the last two days.–

Evening.– We have had no Edward.– Our circle is formed; only Mr Tilson & Mr Haden.– We are not so happy as we were.  A message came this afternoon from Mrs Latouche & Miss East, offering themselves to drink tea with us tomorrow– & as it was accepted, here is an end of our extreme felicity in our Dinner-Guest.– I am heartily sorry they are coming!  It will be an Eveng spoilt to Fanny & me.– Another little Disappointment.– Mr H. advises Henry’s not venturing with us in the Carriage tomorrow;– if it were Spring, he says, it wd be a different thing.  One would rather this had not been.  He seems to think his going out today rather imprudent, though acknowledging at the same time that he is better than he was in the Morng.– Fanny has had a Letter full of Commissions from Goodnestone; we shall be busy about them & her own matters I dare say from 12 till 4.–  Nothing I trust will keep us from Keppel Street.– This day has brought a most friendly Letter from Mr Fowle, with a brace of Pheasants; no bad Life!– I send you five one pound notes, for fear you should be distressed for little Money.– Lizzy’s work is charmingly done.  Shall you put it to your Chintz?– A Sheet came in this moment. 1st & 3rd vol. are now at 144.– 2d at 48.– I am sure you will like Particulars.– We are not to have the trouble of returning the Sheets to Mr Murray any longer, the Printer’s boys bring & carry.

I hope Mary continues to get well fast– & I send my Love to little Herbert.– You will tell me more of Martha’s plans of course when you write again.– Remember me most kindly to everybody, & Miss Benn besides.– Yours very affecly, J. Austen

I have been listening to dreadful Insanity.– It is Mr Haden’s firm beleif that a person not musical is fit for every sort of Wickedness.– I ventured to assert a little on the other side, but wished the cause in abler hands.–

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Supposing the weather shd be very bad on Sunday Eveng I shall not like to send Richard out you know– & in that case, my Dirty Linen must wait a day.

Miss Austen
Chawton

One Response to 24 November 1815 – Friday – from Hans Place

  1. Pingback: …Then came the dinner & Mr Haden who brought good Manners & clever conversation… Fancy the scene!–And what is to be fancied next?… There’s happiness! | QuinnTessence

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