News of family and of his stay at Shrewsbury.
Calculates the newly instituted income tax will mean £30 per annum.
My dear Emma.—
I must go on complimenting you on your letters.— it makes me quite proud, reading them (with Skippibus) to my Father & Co.— I am very glad you do not seem nearly so bad, as you used to be.— I know well you are rather a naughty girl, & do not pipe enough about your good old self—. The other day my Father & all of us united in chorus, after Caroline had left the room, how much pleasanter the piping strain was than the Heroic— remember that, though I wish I could remember it less.— I have begun my letter rather late, as I & Caroline have been compromising our educational differences, which are much less, than I anticipated.—
I will give a short journal: on Friday I walked beyond Shelton Rough, towards Ross
Hall;—an immense walk for me.— The day was very boisterous, with
great black clouds & gleams of light, & I felt a sensation of delight,
which I hardly expected ever to experience again.— There certainly is great
pleasure in the country even in Winter.— This walk was rather too much for me
& I was dull till whist, which I enjoy beyond measure— We sit up
I think I have picked up some notions, by our education-fights.— Caroline is enthusiastic about M. Guizot, & says she agrees in all her directions, curiously the same with Marianne.—
I have just reread yesterday letter: your account of your œconomy in fires & puddings amused us much.— A nice item the new taxes will be, I calculate about 30£ per annum,: I have half read through Sir R. Peel's great speech; it strikes me as very good, & it is very interesting.
I was talking with Nancy about Hannah Jones before yo< > < > stupidity came, & I < > her cronies, had formed the same opinion of her, as I think you had, viz, that she was free & easy & Nancy added very fond of ‘beau’s—no doubt in her eyes a very great fault in a woman under 50 years old.—
I shall not try to make up my mind about the day of my return, till I hear from you on Tuesday; & please be very open.— I shall not in any case, think of stopping later than Thursday.—
I am sure I have sent you a dull enough letter to day, so good bye my pattern wife.— | C. D.
Caroline heard from Jos on Saturday, (the first letter since Monday!!!), & she was much disappointed at not seeing him.— I miss a < >. My father, is I believe, really anxious to < > < >dy cares about.
P.S. One of your letters came with wafer open: do not tempt the girls here so much.
- f1 623.f1Mrs John Hiram Haycock. Her son Edward was Shropshire County Surveyor and the leading architect of the region (Hobbs 1960).
- f2 623.f2Élizabeth Guizot, Madame François Guizot, French author of works on the education of children.
- f3 623.f3The ‘great speech’ was his budget speech of 11 March 1842. The income tax was originally proposed by Sir Robert Peel as a temporary measure to replace revenues lost by his free-trade reforms.
- f4 623.f4CD's childhood nurse.