Frances [Fanny] Burney [D'Arblay]

The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), Vol. 3: Great Bookham 1793–1797: Letters 122–250

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pg 302234Great Bookham, 11 May 1797To James Burney

A.L.S. (PML, Autog. Cor. bound), 11 May 1797

Double sheet large 8vo 4 pp. pmks Up Seymour St / U.P.P. 12 MA 97 seal

Addressed: Captain Burney, / James Street, / Westminster.

                                                  May 11. 1797


Dear Brother,

I hate to torment you—but what can poor folks do?

We really stand abominably in need of that same £25 which we begged you to receive for us of Mr. Mathias—

The extreme uncertainty of the workmen's proceedings, & the absolute necessity of superintending them, defers our journey to Greenwich, for which we can yet fix no day.

You never told us if you had received the Xmas £25.—

I tremble lest any seeming carelessness of payment should involve an idea we can do without it—This would be really ruinous. We must therefore entreat you, dear James, to have the goodness to ask Mr. Mathias for this 2d receipt, which he will deliver into your own hands with the [s]ame readiness as the first, but which, I know, I must sign before I claim.1 And if you can send it [u]s by post, We may receive the monies by Mr. Locke's [l]ittle Garden Cart, which brings & carries parcels once [a] Week. This billet goes by that conveyance.

M. d'A. has written another remonstrance | to Mr. Shirley, & received a rather more satisfactory answer. He promises to exert himself with respect to his sister's offered loan, & apolo-gises with some air of concern & sincerity for what is passed.2

But we have no news of our Susanna & we are very ill at ease. She has never yet been so long silent to me. If you have had anypg 303 account whatever from or of her, pray mention it. Mr. Shirley says he has seen the Major lately, but does not name our sister.

M. d'A. has acknowldegd to Mr. Shirley the receipt of the Jany half year's interest.

I have read with real instruction your Measures, & though I am sorry you support the project of sendg the P. to Ireland,3 whi[c]h | I do not think a proper view to all action can govern, & which calls for Experience as well as ability,—yet I see many things in which I concur, & several strokes which I sincerely admire. And M. d'A.—a far better judge, upon matters of calculation especially, speaks warmly in praise of the Measures proposed, & the depth of reflection they combine.

Alas! what melancholy times!—

The Sailor's Mutiny4 seems to me the most dreadful & alarm-ing menace of all—exceeding whatever is passed—& boding more than I dare think of—

I suppose our dear Father must be almost sunk—or on the rack—by the present turn of affairs. For God's sake preserve HIM & YOURSELF from entering upon these subjects at this sore period!—& forgive, my dearest James, this earnest injunction as well as plague & trouble from

                                          Yr most affet.

F d'A.

My Love to Mrs. B[urney]

I hope the Nursery continues thriving.

Is our dear—original—inscrutable & Heart-staunch Mrs. R[ishton] still at Chelsea? I hope so. |

You never told us how 〈often〉 you were robbed & murdered in your way home

M. d'A's Kind Love—

defying this new winter, he is constantly at the house—

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Editor’s Note
2 See L. 193 n. 7, for the loan of £400 that the Revd. Walter Shirley was at last attempting to repay. Frances Anne (1770–1838), who had formerly visited Mickleham, may have been the sister most inclined to help with the debt to the d'Arblays. She had married in 1789 the Revd. John Going (d. 23 Oct. 1829), rector of Mealiffe, Tipperary.
Editor’s Note
4 By this date a second mutiny had broken out at Spithead (i.e. on 7 May, the mutiny on the London). There was trouble at St. Helen's and the outbreak of mutinous symptoms at the Nore. JB 's analysis of the cause of the mutinies, a holograph manuscript in the possession of the Pierpont Morgan Library, has been recently edited by Hugh D. Sproule, 'James Burney's Opinion on the Naval Mutinies of 1797', The Mariner's Mirror, xlvi (1960), 61–2.
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