Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/1/123
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/1/123
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 1, page 155.
  • Dates of Creation
      26 Jul 1811

Scope and Content

From Ely _ [in Tunbridge Wells, Kent], to Sally Wesley in Eastbourne, Sussex. She thought it best to write today, as Lord D was unsure if he would be able to.

Sally's hint that she would be leaving soon for Brighton alarmed her 'on account of the poor sufferer'. On the advice of Mr Alliston she wrote to Lord D, as she believes that he [Alliston] can best handle the matters on the spot with Mr Warburton. Lord D. wrote back emphasising the importance of retaining Sally's assistance as long as possible, and to express his gratitude for the time that Sally had already devoted to 'the dear girl under trying and painful circumstances'. It would be advisable for Sally to remain in Eastbourne until August, and in the meantime a house in Hoxton may be acquired so that Mr Warburton can attend the young lady.

Ely noticed an advertisement in yesterday's newspaper for a place for a single lady not far from town 'where no other patient was admitted'. She shall enquire further.

Sally's description of the malady to Charlotte has been verified from other quarters - 'what abundant mischief does idleness occasion'. These men who laugh at what they term 'pretension' in women are indeed foolish.

In a postscript she asks if the 'dear child' enquires after them.