Responds to his "business letter" about the maids, then chides herself for feeling dull and disagreeable when she has had everything all her life.
My dear Charles
We walked out yesterday to meet the post bag & I felt rather inclined to growl at seeing such a short letter but I soon became pacified as it was only a business letter. I think it would be a very good thing if Fanny would take a look at both the maids & if she likes their looks engage them both Miss Farrers is a very good house to take a maid from as she is very particular & very kind to them. I don't suppose the housemaid w
We had a very good account from Shrewsbury two days ago but I have no doubt you have also, that the baby was getting stronger & better every way. Yesterday a poor woman was found in a very exhausted state in the great field. It turned out afterwards that she had come here from Whitehaven on the forlorn hope of recovering a debt from some navigators whom she heard were here. She had been in the village & a man invited her into his house to warm herself & offered her some food & sixpence both of which she refused & when asked why she did so afterwards she said she wanted to die & did not want any food to keep herself alive. If she had chosen any more private place she w
Goodbye my dear Charley Bates I feel rather sorry for your future fate this morning. If a letter should come today to say that the wicked old Jezabel (who I dare say is a charming person) had given in to your terms it would be very well bestowed upon me. I have saved F's credit in not mentioning to a soul her bit of folly in going into E's room that day & I hope you will do the same at Shrewsbury.
Goodbye my own dear Charles | Yours affectly | Emma W.
This letter will come a day later than you expect because we have no return of post hear as they get too late to Newcastle to go on the same day—
- f1 462.f1Miss Farrer is identified in Emma Darwin 1: 234 n. as aunt of the first Lord Farrer.
- f2 462.f2Sophy Marianne Wedgwood, daughter of Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III, born 13 December 1838.
- f3 462.f3‘A labourer employed in the work of excavating and constructing a canal … Now usually contracted to Navvy’ (OED).
- f4 462.f4‘1879 Miss Jackson Shropsh. Word-bk. Cade, to pet; to bring up tenderly’ (OED).
- f5 462.f5Fanny, daughter of Mr Wackford Squeers, proprietor of Dotheboys Hall, the notorious school for boys, in Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby.
- f6 462.f6One of Fagin's gang of thieves in Dickens' Oliver Twist.