Letter

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From Martha Swinburne, to Mr Harrison's house in St Peter's Square, Leeds, Yorkshire, criticising Mrs Quincey's harsh treatment of Sally. Her judgement was swayed by an 'indifferent person', and she was wrong to blame Sally for something over which she had no control. The whole affair should be forgotten.

Sally should comfort herself with the knowledge that the Lord has determined for her in the choice between 'filial piety and a friendly entanglement'. She can now act without offending a lady who depends on her to educate her daughter.

She describes her own misgivings about Mrs Quincey's character. Her behaviour is very irrational particularly with regard to her valet, to whom she even gave the key to her chaise seat even though 'it contained articles that that were unfit for the inspection of a man'. Her unusual attachment to this man scandalized Swinburne's own servants.

Caroline has fallen down the stairs and hurt her back, while Antonia is complaining that Sally owes her a letter.