Grant, Charles

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 27 August [1816]

We were much gratified by a visit of a few days from the two Mr. Charles Grants, as I presume your late guest told You. I tried much to detain him, and to bestow on us a little of that Oratory which I have so often admired upon paper, but business called him to town, and was engaged to visit his Constituents in Invirnesshire. His hurry however did not prevent his sending me down some good books e’re he departed

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, 28 January 1819

Had I written a few days ago I could have given you a favourable report of my .* but she has had another of her alarming attacks in the lungs and is just now now faint and weak. I thank God, who is always better to me than I deserve, that I have been tolerably for some weeks. Your account of the increasing excesses of the Baringites is shocking.* I begin to think now that the worse they are the delirium they have excited will be the sooner cooled. What between the blaze of these new lights and the frost of the worldly clergy our poor church is sadly threatened. I would not send off this which I cannot ever look over but that to morrow there is no post, and may be in suspense. has been false-hearted, for I thought he would have looked in upon us again. I rejoyce Charles Grant is so popular. He cannot be more so than he deserves. if he woud talk more he would be perfect. I am glad his rare talents have such a field. I am afraid tho, that it is a weedy, tho far from being a barren field. I long to know whither the School for the Sons of the great at which Mr. Grant sent me the prospectus prospers, if it does I shall hail the omen for poor Ireland. I grieve for dear illness. I do love her. I am glad you nursed her so kindly

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 11 August [1819]

I cannot express to you how much I was gratified with the long, interesting and very pleasant journal with which favoured me. But though the letter in itself was in high degree pleasing yet the circumstance of a very young lady situated as she is, and occupied as she was finding time and disposition, and will, and kindness to bestow so much attention on an old friend, merely because she knew it would give /pleasure,/ is a trait of character truly delightful; the kindness was not lost upon me, and if I could I would love her better than I did before. I will not keep back, as I had intended, my letter for a cover tho’ we are expecting within a few days, three frankers, and also dear friends in succession; for our small Accommodations do not extend to many guests at once – These are the Secretary for Ireland,* the and , and the - I woud have waited to tell you about them, were I not desirous to answer the private part of your letter which indeed I ought not to have delayed so long.