Frances [Fanny] Burney [D'Arblay]

The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), Vol. 7: 1812–1814: Letters 632–834

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pg 42981263 Lower Sloane Street, 15–[22] August 18141To M. d'Arblay

A.L. (rejected Diary MSS. 6024–[25], Berg), 15 Aug. 1814

Originally a double sheet 4to, the second leaf of which was cut into 3 segments (as described in the Textual Notes). The top segment is missing. 4 pp.

Edited by FBA, p. 1 (6024), numbering retraced: 24

Edited also by CFBt and the Press. See Textual Notes.

  • 63. Lower Sloane St. Chelsea—
  • August 15. 1814.

Read This first. The enclosed is older, & upon business—

Enfin je respire, mon bien bon ami! Je viens de reçevoir une Lettre qui me ranime à FEsperance! helas! helas — que n'ai-je pas souffert dernirement de ne voir point de lumierè pour notre re-union! Votre Lettre du 6:2 me donne la vie. ah mon ami, calamité n'etoit nullement un terme trop fort pour ce que j'ai éprouvé à la vue de ma position! Je ne veus plus en parler. Il faut que je vous envoie ce que j'ai écrit déjà! parce que je n'aurai pas le temps de recommencer. Il faut bien que ca parte tout de suite, ce que je prie à M. le dc de la Châtre. Il devrait passer en France au plus vîte puisque je le reçois au départ — Je parle de la Lettre d'Alex & age.

Is there, then, a hope you can come to us in October! how has my heart lightened, how have my spirits risen, since I read those words, in my dear thrice dear Yesterday's Letter! All that may follow, we may then settle together. You will see & fully comprehend all I have urged, painfully but essentially, about our situation; mine & Alex's; & the positive necessity of duty & affection & propriety that demands my stay, or his departure.

But to the Minors, I mean the young Indians. Certainly we must take legal advice about them, as their legacies must not be paid till they are of age, & as they have a right to interest the whole of their minority.3

pg 430The letter of Attorney I send is precisely such a one as Mr. Entwistle advises.4 His advice I should think excellent but for the fear of any sudden event, & but that the | Cottage will not be estimated at 500 if not repaired this autumn—& Mr. Hudson cannot send an answer, for he cannot, it seems, buy, at any price what we have no legal power to sell!!!

I am most glad indeed of your permission to finish the affair. Martin promises to obtain better terms — — than the 640 if possible. But—another year being now passed over without repairs, I gravely fear we shall not augment the price.5

The Musical sale finished yesterday:6 but no account has reached either me or Esther. Mr. White has had directions, I conclude, to send it to the Isle of Wight.7

I hope to clear the poor College Apartments next week, & to be off for Richmond with Alex. Wales I have explained is out of the question at present. Mr. Bellamy, the private Tutor, is also gone into the Country, but I mean & hope to have another Month of his assistance previously to Alex's return to Cambridge, which must take place about the middle of October.

812 63 Lower Sloane Street, 15–[22] August 18141 To M. d'Arblay

I will strictly follow your directions in leaving the 5 Gs to be settled from the next Tancred.8

Sunday Evening.

The Letter by Mrs. Hottinger9 & the parcel arrives this moment. For the Letter, 10,000 thanks. The Brochure is admirable!10 I have sent it to Sarah by Alexander. But I cannot, mon ami, make her so much as Write by Trade as to share the profits—that is never professed |

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What is become of M. de Lally?11 I languish to see him come forth from his noble obscurity to shine as he ought to do.

I am grieved about the de Beau [vau]s. Ly Harcourt had already given me their history. I am always eagerly occupied in clearing up all doubts of their real internal fidelity, & forced acquiescence.12

Désapprouver, mon excellent ami! jamais, jamais!—but what a misery for me to be forced to such a separation! I will think of it no more—your project for October is new life to me.

812 63 Lower Sloane Street, 15–[22] August 18141 To M. d'Arblay

What frightful & large expense is that of your present dress & equipage! I rejoice, indeed, you will forbear applying to our store for it. If you could not make your income do even for yourself there, & being alone, how shall we do all together? for you will never suffer me to contrive in œconomies so parsimo-nious as I now observe, when we are under one roof, & now, I must do it only till my income is increased, or again sell out, which will prevent our ever having any benefit from my melancholy legacy, save that of replacing, not augmenting our revenues. Alex, you know, resides but 10 months at Cambridge. We have now been saving for our Month or 6 weeks at Rich-mond,13 for I cannot there, or any where, live as penuriously as here. Thus my whole heart & faculties are put upon avoiding to sell out any more. But how accomplish the journies you talk of so gaily?14 What I may have when all is arranged, I yet know not, but I have now merely 80 in the 3pr cts & 90 from Mr. Mathias. The Cottage ought to be 47, but has this ½ year, as you may remember, by Mrs. Lock's last account only been paid up by her to 7〈bre〉 and15

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will do that. I have strongly had him recommended to M. & Mrs. M. Montagu,16 who are just gone to Paris & are people of very large fortune & great vogue & fashion in town. I have hopes they will record my wishes powerfully & comme il est penetrat. I find the sweet wine, Mountain, which I have tried once is reviving immediately & immediately was relinquished. I shall recruit & restore needed warmth as fast as possible.

Alex is well—he is gone with Sarah to James Street. He was much pleased that your late M. J.17 orders dancing. S. is highly cultivated & distinguished. She dances remarkably well & has read everything. Miss B. Planta has written warmly of your civilities.18 Lady Keith, just returned from Bordeaux, is all courteous kindness. But every body, now has left London. Make yourself easy & happy mon bien cher ami, for your last Letter of Août 6 has quite restored me. How will I love October! Mais qu'avez vous ésperé? dites moi je vous en prie.

Parlez moi de Me de Maisonneuve. Dites à ma chere prin-cesse19 que j'ai much hope for Me de Maurville. J'ai visité upon her affair yesterday with Mr. Raper who will deliver my letter upon it to Lord Palmerston.20 Be well, & enjoy your honours, my most beloved! We will discuss nothing when you come but how we may All live together. Here or There. asundered no more!—I am yours, mon ami! yours wholly, solely, entirely!— for your son is still you—& you have no other rival. Duty, too, alone puts even Him on the same line. Be gay—be happy—enjoy yourself—I am all hope again! I am charmed you have recovered your Horsemanship. Yet I always dread too great audace after a remission of riding for 22 years. I always feel that that was the destruction of the for-ever lamented M. de Nar-pg 433bonne. Disdain not caution mon très—très cher ami!—Oh how I hope a little time will teach a juster appreciation of the ci-devant aide de camp de M. de Grouchy!21

Monday noon—I have just had very kind words from Mrs. Locke22—notwithstanding my appeal against Generosity. But then she only answer'd to press my hastening that business for the too solid reasons I have argued, ie. that to me any adjust-ment is surtout [res]ricting & our liberty must always be sure—

  • N° 11
  • To be read Last23

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Editor’s Note
812. 1 Written piecemeal, the letter was completed 22 August (the Monday after the end of the musical sale).
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2 M. d'A's letter, dated 6 Aug. 1814 and received in Chelsea on 14 August, is missing; but as in L. 808, it probably questioned FBA's use of 'calamité' to define her position.
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3 Eight children of Richard Burney (d. 1808) received £100 each.
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5 For the probable sale price of Camilla Cottage, see L. 803 n. 11.
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6 The sale began on 8 August and lasted for nine days, i.e. until 17 August. But see L. 782 n. 12.
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7 The money gained from the sale was to be sent to CB Jr. at Ryde.
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8 AA had an unspecified college debt of five guineas that was to be absorbed by the next Tancred draft of £52. 14s. due on 11 Nov. 1814 (see 'Tutor's Account Book').
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10 A brochure probably advertising SHB's Traits of Nature (1812). Popular in France, several of her works were subsequently translated: Clarentine (4 vols., 1819), Le Jeune Cleveland, ou traits de nature (4 vols., 1819), Miss Fauconberg (3 vols., 1825), Le Naufrage (2 vols., 1816), Les Voisins de campagne, ou le secret de Miss Burney (4 vols., 1820).
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12 For Lady Harcourt's version of the Beauvau scandal and the explanation of M. d'A, see L. 808 and n. 4. By 1817 FBA convinced Lady Harcourt of the royalist loyalty of the Beauvau family and urged her, when in Paris, to visit them. Lady Harcourt did so, and FBA wrote (Barrett, Eg. 3699, f. 43b), rejoicing that they 'had the infinite solace of your ladyship's protective Society at Paris'.
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13 FBA arrived in Richmond by 28 August (Diary Entry, p. 518) and did not leave until her return to France in November.
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16 In 1783 FB had met Matthew, 'Mrs. Montagu's nephew and heir, a very elegant man,—who condescended to talk a great deal to me' (ED ii. 307–8). For a biographical account of Matthew Montagu (1762–1831) and his wife Eliza née Charlton (c. 1765–1817), see i, L. 5 n. 14.
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17 Probably Gabriel Jouard (d. 1832). See vi, L. 595 n. 5.
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19 Princesse d'Hénin (Ll 807 n. 11, 809 n. 3).
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20 Henry John Temple (1784–1865), Viscount Palmerston (1802) and Baron Temple of Mount Temple (Irish, 1723). A Cambridge M.A. (1806) and M.P. (1807–65), he was a Lord of the Admiralty (1807–9), Secretary of War (1809–28), Secretary for Foreign Affairs (1830–4, 1835–41, 1846–51), Home Secretary (1852–5), Prime Minister (1855–8, 1859–65). As Secretary of War, Palmerston restored a widow's pension to Mme de Maurville, her husband having died during military service for England.
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21 Emmanuel de Grouchy (1766–1847). Entering the army in 1781, he became général de brigade (1793) and général de division (1794), comte de l'Empire (1809), maréchal de France (1815, 1831), pair de France (1815, 1832).
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22 This recent letter of Mrs. Locke is missing, but it perhaps recapitulated the theme and spirit of her letter, dated 19 June 1814 (L. 805 n. 7).
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23 The enclosed letter, 'upon business', is missing, but it was written pre 10 August. See L. 811.
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