News of family and friends: W. D. Fox will marry in the spring; private theatricals at Eaton house-party.
My dear Charles
I think Caroline has written to you since we received your letter of
Your Journal is safely packed up, now that we have all read it.— It is a very nice fashion you have got into of sending your Letters by Liverpool Packets; they come to us so much sooner than when they go to London. I am sure there is some delay at the Admiralty in forwarding them, for we see the news in the Paper from S. America, of the same date, a week sooner than we get your Letters.
Papa is very well, and manages to occupy himself with the small degree of Practise he
keeps, as he has almost entirely given it up.— He desires his best love and to
tell you how very glad he always is to hear from you. I have very little news
indeed to tell you this time; the principal is that Caroline had a letter not long ago
from William Fox in the Isle of Wight, announcing his intended marriage in the Spring to
a Miss Harriet Fletcher, the daughter of a Sir Richard Fletcher who was killed at the
siege of Zaragoza in the Peninsular War, and who resides near where the Fox's are, in
the Isle of Wight.— He appears to be much in love with her, as far as one can
tell by his letter, and what is a greater proof, is that it appears that his bad health
has been partly caused by his anxiety about the success of his suit; so that now that is
happily settled, I do hope he will become stronger & happier, and be able to
resume his Curacy.— He hopes to find a Curacy in the South of England, as that
climate agrees with him so much better; whenever he is able to undertake the duty, but I
suppose he will not be strong enough to try it this Summer.— It is a very nice
thing that so good a man should be restored to happiness & usefulness again, and
I do hope Miss Fletcher will prove as nice a person as he deserves to have; any how she
must be much better than that stupid Bessy Galton.— Another match has just
been announced; but this, I am afraid will not interest you, and it must be owned, it is
a desperately dull one.— D
Poor Uncle Jos has to go up to London next week, to resume his Parliamentary duties; it
will be a great bore for him to leave his family, & Maer, which he is so fond
of, and go to London, which he dislikes so much.— Aunt Bessy continues just in
the same state, quite helpless, but very comfortable otherwise.— Did Caroline
tell you that when Robert Clive was here, not long ago, he talked of shooting with you,
at Maer, the last time he had seen you? What a merry, pleasant goodnatured creature
Robert Clive is.— I think he is so much the most agreeable of the Clives. The
three Bachelors Henry, Edward & Robert Clive live together at Styche very
comfortably.— You will be sorry to hear how ill poor Fanny Biddulph continues;
she looks the ghost of herself, and Papa thinks her very seriously unwell; it has now
continued so very long, ever since her confinement last May.— They talked of
coming here this week, if she does not get better; M
Goodbye, my dearest Charles.— We long to hear from you again and still more
to get your first Letter from Valparaiso. How you will enjoy the hot Climates again; all
I entreat of you, is to take care of yourself, and not be rash in any thing. With all
our most affectionate loves, believe me my dear dear old Charley, y
Papa begs again I will give you his best love, and say every thing kind for him.—
- f1 236.f1Saba Smith.
- f2 236.f2Anne Marsh, a writer much admired by the Allens and Wedgwoods. She is frequently mentioned in Emma Darwin. Her sister Emma was Henry Holland's first wife.
- f3 236.f3Louisa Frances Wedgwood.
- f4 236.f4Lord Grey retired in 1834 as a result of a disagreement among the Cabinet about the renewal of the Irish Coercion Act of 1833.
- f5 236.f5The term of apprenticeship, originally seven years, was reduced to five years when it became clear that the `apprentices' would no longer work for their masters.