[FB004AAF1] Letter, July 1889


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[FB004AAF1] Letter, July 1889

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My dear Mama, I know you will think me very neglectful of late in regard to letter writing, but I know you will make allowances when I tell you that I have been ill and "on the go" every moment that I was [---soever?] since we came to London. You can look back on the time when you just came to London and remember the thousand and one things to be seen there. I do not feel that even now we have seen half the interesting things that London contains. If I have time I shall stop in London on my way back to the Continent and if that is possible I shall then feel that I have seen it as well as the average visitor. I wish for your sake but not for mine that you would travel in England instead of on the Continent. I find it so much more interesting here than what I saw of France but it is not always the case as most people much prefer the Continent. You only will spend some little time in London, will you not? I cannot say I envy you Mama. People I know will boar you almost to death with their attentions. I would not prepare if I were you to stay long in Paris as that seems to be the headquarters of all who wish to make your lives miserable. Even I have not escaped but I enjoyed it and you would not. I wish you could speak French as the French you know are not linguists and it will be very [stupid?] going to [----?} night after night and not opening one's mouth. You must polish up your German as most of the French speak a little German even if they do not speak English. England is perfectly charming, my other letter was all in praise of London but now let it be all of England. The English too are delightful and I have already tasted of their good cheer and hospitality. They are a good [fine?] nation and they deserve the place they hold in regard to other nations. I have already stated my opinions of the French, they are immodest, unprincipaled, fickle and irreligious, but the English are just the opposet and they deserve a grea deal of credit. The [usual?] part of England fully comes up to my expectations. We have only been out of London two days but I consider we have seen a great deal in so short a time. We are now at [Barrington? Lammington?] the place itself is not very interesting but it is a good head quarter for all the excursions in this part of the country. [Falmouth?] and [Warwick?] are both near here beside many others almost as interesting. Of course you have read [Benechwood? Robinhood?] by [Routh? Loutt?]. I am ashamed to say that I [---?] just read it the other day, but it was no great loss as I was very glad to have it fresh in my mind when I visisted the scenes of the story. I have not heard from either Grace or [Marry?] since Aunt Jennie left. I am afraid they are angry with me and to tell the truth I don't much blame them. I suppose they will join you in Paris so as to be with you when you are invited out. Now I for one son't care a snap about it if it were me for seeing you and Papa I would much prefer to join you when you leave Paris. I am tired of such sham attentions as the French offer. I would rather have one honest English heart than seventy French ones. You can see that I all but loath the French and so I do. The Verity's were more than kind to me while I was in London. We spent over Sunday [onat?] [Woorcroft?] and enjoyed it ever so much. I have not forgotten what you said, you thought it best that I should not go to [Dreybridge?] unless I was well acquainted with the [hunt? Saint?] Mama there was simply no getting out of it unless I was down right rude and I was not willing to be impolite especially when they were so kind to me. The [Aunt?] wrote me in Paris and said she [---hed?] to see me when I came to London. When I came to London I sent her my card and they called almost the very next day. Bob the one I met in America did not waste a moment in coming and the very same afternoon we called he sent me a note asking me to go to a London Party that evening, the Opera the next and a very pressing invitation to come out to [Woorcroft?] on [as this when?] as he was going to [Liverpool?] very soon. Of course I accepted for the London Party and the Opera and said that [I lovingly? Knowingly? Regrettingly?] that it would be impossible for us to accept his invitation to [Moorcroft?] as time in L was very limited but in the mean time his Aunt wrote and his sister and brothers coaxed so hard that we [hartily?] consented to spend over Sunday at [Woorescroift?] on Bob's return from Liverpool. The two days that he was gone he sent around in the afternoon [his] private carriage to take us in Hyde Park. He also sent me a book when I was ill and has since taken us to dine twice and to the Opera twice. I know you blame for accepting all his attentions but I really could not get out of it. Besides it is not only he it is the whole family. We had a quarrel the night before. I left and parted bitter enemies but it soon blew over as I received a very humble letter from him day before yesterday. I am [not?] going to make up [as each other?] I like him just the same but I [am?] don't care about his knowing it. [??] I have since met his brother who I think I like better than Bob. I don't know how long it will last as you know I am very fickle and may come around and like Bob better. I have not ever so many people I [know?] since I came to London we stayed at a hotel much frequented by musicians and I suppose that is the reason. We had three invitations for the same night to go to the theatre. How is that for being popular? I am afraid that I will be so conceited when I come home that there will be no living with me but you need not worry. I am old enough to know that if I were [Sarah Jones?] I would not receive this attention and that bitter knowledge will always nbe my safe guard against conceit. I am almost afraid you will think that I have not been telling you the truth about the attention I have received but I give you full permission to inquire into the truth of my statements. I do not much blame you for soubting as it does seem queer that people are so kind to me. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I feel to you Mama dear for remembering my monthly [grave?]. It was sweet beyond anything I ever hoped and I shall never never forget it, I only hope that I some day I may be half as goos and noble as you are. The few years that you have been with us may have been one long struggle, but you have conquered and have made me do what I was set on not doing. You have made me love you [----?] often harder to conquer hearts than [companies? Countries? Something else?] With love, M.E.E
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