Woodhouse news, including going to a play.
She has been spending much time painting.
I assure you I should not have allow'd your long and insinivating
dispatch to remain so long unanswer'd, but really have lately had such a great
press of business, and my keeper been so active in stirring
me up to my painting & keeping me there that I have
hardly had a moment to myself— I wish you had been here last night for we went
to the Play at Oswestry & had very good fun, it was quite a miracle
that we persuaded Papa to let us go knowing his antipathy to that kind
of hinnocent amusement, but the wonder ceased when we found that the
gay, dashing handsome, dissipated General
Despard was the only shootable in the Play
House — We went six inside the family Van, your two sisters,
I have not rode since I saw you, but have nobody to ride with so no wonder!! A quiet life I have now and that is something pleasant and what I have not been used to for some time past The Williams (I believe about a dozen of them) are coming here next week, and the week after we are going to Eaton so I think we shall be beWilliams'd — I wish I had any thing to tell you either in the shape of gossip or mystery to fill this sheet, but I am as stupid as L.K. ever could be & have not one bright idea to tell you— Not one game of Billiards have I had since I play'd with you. I can get nobody to play with & am a<fr>aid for want of practice shall forget all my fine strokes — Burn this as soon as you have made out the nonsense, remember it is a four instead of a three corner'd note so must serve for a long time —
Bilieve me in haste yrs truly an ``Unbelieving Jew'' *S 2
1/2 past 12— Saturday night
- f1 51.f1John Despard, who was 83 years old in 1828.
- f2 51.f2`to be as nothing compared to' (OED).
- f3 51.f3Wynnstay was the estate of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, near Llangollen, Clwyd. Erddig was the large estate of the Yorke family in nearby Wrexham. Both are now National Trust properties.
- f4 51.f4Possibly Lloyd Kenyon, 1804--36 (see letters from Sarah Owen, 18 February  and from Fanny Owen, [9 March 1828]).