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children, and keep the same hours. Doctor Humberston dined with me to-day, and has made me promise to meet him to-morrow at his brother's, where we are to fish. My plans for next week are not fixed. I shall go to Lichfield if my father wishes it. It seems churlish to refuse their invitations and remain here alone.
You will not fail to remember me affectionately to all our friends in Dublin, among whom I wish myself at this instant.
Wednesday morning. The children continue well. On Friday I go to Bromley for two days; I will write to you on my return.
Believe me ever your faithful and affectionate husband,
H. F. CARY.
TO THE SAME.
Kingsbury, August 19, 1801. It is very happy, my dearest Jane, that we can mutually give such good accounts of our precious charges. Mine are as well as ever. Yesterday Mary announced to me in due form that Harriet had cut another tooth; and as she was not inclined to exhibit it to me, I took Mary's word for it. She and Jenny are warm friends, and never look at each other without a smile of mutual intelligence. You asked me whether she still calls herself your pet; upon which I put the question to her, and was answered in the negative. But as she said she was mine, I suppose she considered me as entitled to all the privileges implied in that relation till you return to claim them for yourself. I like even to write this word “return,” which I trust is enough to satisfy you in the hope you express of my longing to see you.
I shall make an effort to accompany my father in his journey into Wales.
You may, I think, contrive it so as to come over in one of the two packets you mention. Otherwise I should recommend it to you to bring over a servant, unless you can hear of some family coming over that you could join. I am truly grateful to your mother for leaving you so much at liberty as to the time of your coming away. How glad should I be to see her, and tell her so ! But as my stay could not be more than for four or five days, the effects of the voyage would give me no time to enjoy her company, or any thing else. My father went to London on Saturday last, where he is to stay only two or three days. But as this journey was an unexpected one, it may possibly delay his journey into Wales for a few days, which I should hardly be sorry for; as your mother's disinterestedness makes me desirous of imitating her, even at the expense of your absence being
absence being a little lengthened. I suppose Charles is leaving Dublin, from your saying that you do not expect to see him again. Your brother John's return was fortunate, as it must have raised your mother's spirits, dejected by William's flight and Charles's renewed ill health. I hope you will see Henry and Stephen.
I have not been further than Kingsbury-woods since I wrote last. Georgina is come to me this morning, and stays till to-morrow evening. She will write to you as soon as my father comes back from town. I forget whether I mentioned to you in
my last letter (which I closed in great haste) that I expected to see Bullock here this week, to pass some days with me. He wrote to me last Sunday se'nnight from a place about forty miles off, and the letter did not reach me till Saturday. I am half afraid this delay may have lost me his visit, which it has at least shortened, as he intended to set out last Sunday evening if he got my answer by that time.
Your last was, as usual, mis-sent to Birmingham. It will be better to omit Warwickshire on the direction. Coleshill is a post town that must be well known; but seeing " Warwickshire ” beneath it, and looking at nothing else, they sent it to Birmingham, the largest town in the county. Susan removed on Monday to Tamworth with her children. Georgina and I intend calling on her to-morrow.
I got the 51. bank note safe. It was very welcome, and would have been still more so one day before, as I was obliged to overdraw Mr. Cobb. I do not venture to direct under cover to Charles ; indeed it is doubtful, from what you say, whether he remains in Dublin. faithful and affectionate
H. F. C.
TO THE SAME.
Kingsbury, August 20, 1801. MY DEAREST JANE, As I did not send the inclosed yesterday according to my intention, I add the news of the day. Bullock came in yesterday at dinner, and leaves me to-morrow or Saturday, to return to the church that he is serving for Digby, who still retains his spirits and resolution. The children continue perfectly well. Jenny has kept up a long flirtation with Bullock this morning. He and Georgina and myself walked till nine o'clock last night in Kingsbury-woods by moonlight, and feasted on the nuts we found there in great abundance. This is the news since yesterday. I wait impatiently for the time when my father is to set out for Wales. I shall perhaps see him on Saturday, and something will be fixed. I look back with pleasure on every day that brings the day of our meeting nearer. Ever yours truly, and fondly,
H. F. C.
TO THE SAME.
Lichfield, August 25, 1801. MY DEAREST LOVE, Your letter of the 16th (which, as usual, travelled first to Birmingham), delighted me by the assurances it gave me of your desire to return. I am happy to have a good account to give you of Jenny and Harriet, who came here yesterday on a visit to their grandfather. Would I could say something equally satisfactory about your return. But alas ! my father has put off his journey into Wales without fixing any time, but at soonest, it is not likely to be before the middle of next month; so that it would be near the end of it before he would be ready to return. This being the case, I have three plans to propose to you for your choice. The first is, to wait till his arrival in Wales, of which, however, you see the uncertainty. The next, to fix a time for meeting at Parkgate. Suppose it is Monday, the 7th of next month. I mention that day, because it is on a Sunday commonly that the Parkgate packets sail. I can be at Parkgate waiting your joyful coming early on Monday morning, as I would do the duty on Sunday at Bromley in the morning, and proceed to Wolseley Bridge, to join the mail that day. The last plan is, that you will fix a time for meeting me at Holyhead; and to this I know no other objection, except that of the expense, which you know our finances are ill able to bear. Pray let me know your decision on one of these three plans by writing the day after; or, if you can, the same day you receive this. And now, my dearest Jane, let me thank you over and over again for your long and affectionate letter, which I intended to repay by one of equal length, but just as I was set down to it, Georgina came in and summoned me to attend her at 10 o'clock, on a visit to Mrs. Palmer's, for which expedition Mrs. Grinfield has lent us her carriage, but we