Surprised to hear from Sarah [Owen] that CD has decided to become a D.D., not an M.D.
She has been to a ball or a party almost every night.
My dear Charles,
I never was so horror struck as to receive your leetle note the other
day My conscience upbraided me so much as really to prevent my
eating any breakfast altho' a plate of hot toast was smoaking before
me. I reproach myself bitterly with ingratitude for your entertaining budgets, in having
delayed so long sending you an effusion. pray forgive the penitent
Housemaid. She is truly sorry for her crime— I hope you had good sport at the
Forest I hear you are become an undeniable shot. I was very much surprised to
hear from Sarah that you have decided to become a DD instead of an
MD. you never let me into the
secret— We are very dissipated here, at a Ball or Party almost every night,
which as you may suppose I find not bad sport in its way, but all must
come to an end and I fear we shall be dragg'd away to the shades of the Forest
and leave Brighton in the higths of its gaiety—no time is yet fix'd however.
Poor Caddy tells me she is very triste at home having to fight
it out with all the Boys who are very impudent— Pray tell me some
Shrewsbury scandal You well know if the Ho<use>maid has a
foiblesse it is for a mystery — The W family I believe are certainly coming here bag & baggage
& very soon have you seen any of them the Hero Ted is at Eaton
& I believe too the odious Richard— I have not been riding
for some time, the last time I did was with the Hound's which answer's my idea of
``Bliss on Earth,'' it is such exquisite fun gallopping on the Downs as hard
as one can go—and there are generally about two hundred
people out— I wish we had the Spaniard here, he is wasting his
sweetness in the desert air of the Forest— I hope you will not
be gone from Home when I return I shall expect cart loads of black
mysteries after so long an absence so pray collect all you can— How is
Maam Burton, & who could have invented the report that
her dear little Eliza was going to be dragg'd to the Halter by a
Splendid Shootable — Is M
adieu my d
- f1 37.f1`After having spent two sessions in Edinburgh, my father perceived or he heard from my sisters, that I did not like the thought of being a physician, so he proposed that I should become a clergyman' (see Autobiography, pp. 56--7, where CD describes his scruples about following his father's advice).
- f2 37.f2The Williams family of Eaton Mascott. The `Hero Ted' is probably Edward Hosier Williams.
- f3 37.f3Probably Mary Burton, wife of Henry Burton, Vicar of Atcham, Shropshire.