Frances [Fanny] Burney [D'Arblay]

The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), Vol. 12: Mayfair 1825–1840: Letters 1355–1529

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1476[1 Half Moon Street,14 December 1835]To Mrs. Broome

A.L. (rejected Diary MSS. 7434-[7], Berg), Monday

Double sheet 8vo 4 pp. p. 1 has 4 lines of crosswriting pmk 14 DE 1835 black seal

Addressed: Mrs. Broome— / Burlington Street / Marine Parade / Brighton.

Edited by CFBt. See Textual Notes.

Monday

My own most dear Charlotte

The delicious accounts I have received—from all parts— pg 883of your preciously recovered health & looks prepared me not for this grievous drawback—& yet enable me to bear it with-out affright or dismay for how hope for unbroken restoration at any time—much less after such frequent indispositions & relapses—

I bless my other beloved Charlotte for her wise sincerity— dearly as I recognize the tender feelings of my First Best who would spare me even a | shadow of a pain of which there was probability I might be spared the substance

Both are as kind as wise in their several calls for wisdom —with kindness—& I entreat my First to leave to the truer judgement in this case, of my Second—for I should never be at ease if uncertain whether I were not in a delusion. We must Both, my sweetest, be prepared to know that a separation here must come however long we may be spared its anguish! —& what can so spare us as the blest & | blessing Hope that it will but lead to a permanent re-union.

Be generous then, my Charlotte, & double your attentions to your self for the sake of preserving a life so incalculably dear to one whom till you

The postman is coming & I am falling—quite uninten-tionally into a train of tender reminiscences that I must run from—but I have been powerless to begin in time to finish what I was about—

I am much better myself—& my Eyes at this moment are mercifully restored—though never for long together—Your late Letters have been delightful in their cheerfulness—one of them is enchanting in its old style of gay humour mixt with moral truisms! I am ashamed of | our Sister's goodness —sweeter than sweet to bestow so much for so —— nothing!—1

My poor N.D. is not well though not ill—but thin & worm eaten! God bless you my loved—loved & dear & t'other!

Minette charmingly recovered1—Fanny bloomingly defying pg 884all ills⟨—I always do⟩ the honours to our Sarah H[arriet].2—Poor Richd of Dorset rather better—Edd well |

How sweetly reviving this dear prospect of your anticipat- ing, my hoped for visit to you!1

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Editor’s Note
1476. 1 As may be seen in a letter (Berg) of 2 December, Mrs. Broome was still hoping for FBA's visit, and glad to hear of her from the Kingstons, then visiting Brighton. 'I now converse with you my dear Soul by means of Our dear Affectionate intelligent, pleasing, ⟨artless⟩ well bred Minette—the more we know her, the more we love her—what a pleasure it is to be able to say all this from the bottom of my heart!—'
Editor’s Note
2 'If you squeeze time to write to our Sister S. Harriet', CBFB had requested in her letter (supra), 'pray tell her I beg you, always, to remember to put my love in your letter—I have been obliged to relinquish Letter writing, except to your dear self & my Charlotte—'.
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