Letter

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From Kelstern, Lincolnshire, to John Wesley at Christ Church, Oxford, re his curiosity about her romance with John Romley. He must already be aware that her father had refused to allow Romley into the house 'on account of the old song'. Until her arrival in Kelstern they had however corresponded secretly. She does not wish to answer any more questions about the end of the relationship, as she finds it very upsetting.

Her father visited Kelstern the Christmas before last, and arranged for Hetty to stay with Mrs Grantham. This was very much against her will, as Grantham told her that she only gave her a place as a favour for Samuel Senior. In any case she has been given notice to leave by Mayday. She is unwilling to return home, and will instead travel to London, with the determination not to marry until she has either forgotten Romley, or been reunited with him.

She is sure that she can trust John's good nature not to criticise her weakness or betray her to those who would, namely her family. She has discovered that 'misery and complaint' do no good, but are 'almost inseparable in our sex'.

She thanks John for the books, although she does not wish to read 'The Fair Penitent'. She is unable to find the poem that he was asking about, and is unable to remember it. He seems to think that her poetry is good - 'a thing almost miraculous in a woman'.

Is [Robert] Leyborn at Oxford yet?