Sloan S[treet] Thursday April 25th
My dearest Cassandra,
I can return the compliment by thanking you for the unexpected pleasure of your Letter yesterday, & as I like unexpected pleasure, it made me very happy; and indeed, you need not apologise for your Letter in any respect, for it is all very fine, but not too fine. I hope to be written again, or something like it. [ I think Edward will not suffer much longer from heat; by the look of Things this morn[ing] I suspect the weather is rising into the balsamic Northeast - It has been hot here, as you may suppose, since it was so hot with you, but I have not suffered from it at all, nor felt it in such a degree as to make me imagine it would be anything in the Country. Every body has talked of the heat, but I set it all down to London. [I give you joy of our new Nephew, & hope if he ever comes to be hanged, it will not be till we are too old to care about it. - It is a great comfort to have it so safely & speedily over. The Miss Curlings must be hard worked in writing so many Letters, but the novelty of it may recommend it to them; mine was from Miss Eliza, & she says that my Brother may arrive today. [No indeed, I am never too busy to think of S[ense] & S[ensibility]. I can no more forget it, than a mother can forget her sucking child; & I am much obliged to you for your enquiries. I have had two Sheets to correct, but the last only brings us to W[illoughby]’s first appearance. Mrs K. regrets in the most flattering manner that she must wait till May, but I have scarcely a hope of its being out in June. - Henry does not neglect it; he has hurried the Printer, & says he will see him again today. - It will not stand still during his absence
[upside down at top of sheet]
[ I shall write soon to Catherine to fit my day, which will be Thursday. - We have no engagements but for Sunday. Eliza’s cold makes quiet advisable. - Her party is mentioned in this morning’s paper. I am sorry to hear of poor Fanny’s state. - From that quarter I suppose is to be the alloy of her happiness. - I will have no more to say. -
Y[ours] affect[ionately] J. A.
Give my love particularly to my God-daughter.
it will be sent to Eliza. - [The Incomes
remain as they were, but I will get them altered if I can. - I am very much gratified by Mrs
K.s interest in it; & whatever may be the event of it as to my credit with her, sincerely wish her curiosity could be satisfied sooner than is now probable. I think she will like my Elinor, but cannot build on any thing else. [Our party went off extremely well. There were many solicitudes, alarms & vexations beforehand of course, but at last everything was quite right. The rooms were dressed up with flowers &c. & looked very pretty. - A glass for the Mantlepiece was lent by the Man who is making their own. - Mr
Egerton & Mr
Walter came at ½ past 5, & the festivities began with a p[air] of very fine Soals. [Yes, Mr
Walter - for he postponed his leaving London on purpose - which did not give much pleasure at the time, any more than the circumstance from which it rose, his calling on Sunday & being asked by Henry to take the family dinner on that day, which he did - but it is all smooth’d over now; - & she likes him very well. - [At ½ past 7 arrived the Musicians in two Hackney coaches, & by 8 the lowly Company began to appear. Among the earliest were George & Mary Cooke, & I spent the greatest part of the even[ing] very pleasantly with them. - The Draw[ing] room being soon hotter than we liked, we placed ourselves in the connecting Passage, which was comparatively cool, & gave us all the advantage of the Music at a pleasant distance, as well as that of the first view of every new comer. [I was quite surrounded by ac-quintance, especially Gentlemen; & what with Mr
W. Knatchbull, Mr
Cure, a Cap[tain] Simpson, brother to the
Capt[ain] Simpson, besides Mr
Walter & Mr
Egerton, in addition to the Cookes & Miss Beckford & Miss Middleton, I had quite as much upon my hands as I could do. - [Poor Miss B[eckford] has been suffering again from her old complaint, & looks thinner than ever. She certainly goes to Cheltenham the beginning of June. We were all delight & cordiality of course. Miss M[iddleton] seems very happy, but has not beauty enough to figure in London. - [Including everybody we were 66 - which was considerably more than Eliza had expected, & quite enough to fill
the Back Draw[ing] room, & leave a few to be scattered about in the other, & in the passage. [The Music was extremely good. It opened (tell Fanny) with “Poike pe Parp piss praise pof Prapela” - & of the other Glees I recommended, “In peace Love turns,” “Rosabelle”, “The red cross Knight” & “Poor Insect”. Be= tween the Songs were Lessons on the Harp, or Harp & Piano Forte together - & the Harp Player was Wiepart, whose name seems famous, tho’ new to me. - There was one female singer, a short Miss Davis all in blue, bring= ing up for the Public Line, whose voice was said to be very fine indeed; & all the Performers gave great satisfaction by doing what they were paid for, & giving themselves no airs. - No Amateur could be persuaded to do anything. [The House was not clear till after 12. - If you wish to hear more of it, you must put your questions, but I seem rather to have exhausted than spared the subject. [This said Capt[ain] Simpson told us on the authority of some other Capt[ain] just arrived from Halifax, that Charles was bringing the Cleopatra home, & that she was probably by this time in the Channel - but as Capt[ain] S[impson] was certainly in liquor, we must not quite depend on it. It must give one a sort of expectation however, & will prevent my writing to him any more. - I would rather he sh[ould] not reach England till I am at home, & the Steventon party gone. [My Mother & Martha both write with great satisfaction of Anna’s behaviour. She is quite an Anna with variations - but she cannot have reached her last, for that is always the most flourishing & shewey - she is at about her 3[r]d or 4th which are generally simple & pretty. - [Your Lilacs are in leaf, ours are in bloom. - The Horse chesnuts are quite out, & the Elms almost. I had a pleasant walk in Kensington G[ardens] on Sunday with Henry, Mr Smith & Mr Tilson - every thing was fresh & beautiful. [We did go to the play after all on Saturday, we went to the Lyceum, & saw the Hypocrites, an old play taken from Moliere’s Tartuffe, & were well entertained. Dowton & Mathews were the good actors. Mrs Edwin was the Heroine - & her performance is just what is used to be. - I have no chance of seeing Mrs Siddons. - She did act on Monday, but as Henry was told by the Box keeper that he did not think she would, the plans, & all thought of it, were given up. I should particularly have liked seeing her in Constance, & could swear at her with little effort for disappointing me. - [Henry has been to the Water colour Exhibition, which open’d on Monday, & is to meet us there again some morn[ing] - If Eliza cannot go - (& she has a cold at present) Miss Beaty will be invited to be my companion. - Henry leaves Town
on Sunday afternoon - but he means to write soon himself to Edward - & will tell his own plans. - [The Tea is this moment setting out: - [Do not have your col[oured] muslin unless you really want it, because I am afraid I c[ould] not send it to the Coach without giving trouble here. - [Eliza caught her cold on Sunday in our way to the D’Entraigne’s; the Horses actually gibbed on this side of Hyde Park Gate - a load of fresh gravel made it a formidable Hill to them, & they refused the collar; - I believe there was a sore shoulder to irritate - Eliza was frightened & we got out - & were detained in the Even[ing] air several mi-nutes. - The cold is in her chest - but she takes care of herself, & I hope it may not last long. - [This engagement prevented Mr Walter’s staying late. -
he had his coffee, & went away. - Eliza enjoyed her even[ing] very much, & means to cultivate the acquaintance - & I see nothing to dislike ^ in them, but their taking quantities of snuff. - Monsieur the old Count, is a very fine looking man, with quiet manners, good enough for an Englishman - & I beleive is a Man of great Information & Taste. He has some fine Paintings which delighted Henry as much as the Son’s music gratified Eliza - & among them, a Miniature of Philip 5 of Spain, Louis 14.s Grandson, which exactly suited my capacity. - Count Julien’s performance is very wonderful. [We met only Mrs Latouche & Miss East - & we are just now engaged to spend next Sunday Even[ing] at Mrs L[atouche’]s - & to meet the D’Entraignes - but M[onsieur] le Counte must do without Henry. If he w[ould] but speak english I would take to him.
Have you even mentioned the leaving off Tea to Mrs K? - Eliza has just spoken of it again. - The Benefit she has found from it in sleeping, has been very great.
Edw[ard] Austen’s Esq[uire]
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