Hannah More to Marianne Sykes Thornton, April 5th 1809

To: Mrs. H. Thornton
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MS: Cambridge University Library, Add.7674/1/E/2
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My dear Friend

I write a few lines to thank you for your kind solicitude about me, when you yourself were probably suffering so much more. Mrs. R. T. confirms the account of your very oppressive cold, Which I hope /will be removd by/ the blessing of God on this fine change in the weather, for it is now raining green pease and goosebery Tarts: and our grass, which on Sunday was as brown as a Mat is now as green as an Emerald. I thank God my fever has given way and I am again much better, tho I had an ague fit the night before last, as I generally have on every change of weather. I heartily rejoyce at the improvd account of Mr. T. Lady Waldegrave who spent a long day here Yesterday (which prevented my writing) thinks he looks tolerably. In addition to her heavy sorrows,2 she is now involv’d in two or three /law/ suits which are this moment trying at Our Assizes, and in which, as her Antagonist (her late Steward) a friend of Mr. Bere’s3 a deep designing Man has made a party against her, I fear she will be cast. Every thing however which relates to money is a trifle compared with her other causes of sorrow.4

We are grievously sorry that Your kind attentions relative to little Drewitt are frustrated; the more so as the poor Mother on the strength of this good fortune has been negotiating to join a person who keeps a School in the West, chiefly for the sake of getting her girls instructed for nothing: The girls are bright creatures. I know little of the boy. I hope something may turn up.5

I am glad poor M. B6 is so cheerful and calm. She spent a day here during my illness I own I was not sorry it was not a week as was intended, she was so full of herself and her sanguine projects! I believe she almost forgot to ask how I did. Her projects however either evaporate in Air, or she soon gets so tired of them, that I believe she changes her place that she may get rid of them. She is however good and clever, and her faults are those of disease, and she is entertaining, tho to me not agreeable

Charemile and Lady W. &c tell me they never see or hear of Mrs. W – I am disgusted at her want of decency, to say the least, in not concealing her satisfaction at quitting a place, so pleasant so advantageous /so congenial/ to her husband.7 The change must be an immense expence. W. and I have had a good deal of intercourse a few weeks ago about Mr. T.’s health – We agreed in thinking, that more relaxaxation [sic] from business without travelling about, and renouncing the comforts and accommodations of his pleasant home, was the best thing for him at this time of year. I hope he does relax and that you will soon if the Spring shoud ever begin, get to Battersea for your sake especially. – Shoud You see Charemile will you tell tell her that I will write to her on her kind proposal soon, and that we are soon looking out for the Barrister the Circuit being nearly over.8 I agree with you in wondering that your agreeable Nephew coud overlook that agreeable girl and chuse one so inferior both in mind and person.9 How can you read Godwin by way of learning to do good? An avow’d Atheist? An acquaintance of mine, Miss Lee woud have married him she said had he been only an Infidel, but he denied a first course.10 To me his writings are the blackness of darkness. Hume by his elegance, and Voltaire by his wit and the charms of his style are seducing. But tell Mr. T. if he reads it, not to let others read it, for I remember at Xt Church Miss Creswell and Miss Schim were frightened at his reading Hume’s Essays to them11 They were not then so strong in Religion as they are since become. Seriously I think Plays and Novels safe reading compared with books of subtel sophistry and promiscuous reasoning – I dont mean that you may not pack /up/ up good things in them. I have not yet read the C. O.12 but have run over Ingram13 which is very good, the second part I thought leaned a little more to Calvinism than I do, that is I thought it woud give the C. O. a rather more Calvinistic Air than it has lately assumed I am glad the C. O. takes up the Bp of Saint David’s Plan14 – I have been in constant correspondence (when able) [wi]th [tear] this good Bp on the Subject ever [s]ince [tear] he planned it. It is to raise the character morals, learning & piety of the Welch Clergy. I hardly know so pressing a cause. There will unavoidably, to save his credit be mixd with it a little too much High Church but we must be glad to do something if we cannot do all that is wanted. I subscribe and propose leaving a legacy to the St. David’s Plan. The building a sort of Welch College was partly my Suggestion. –

My love to the rationals and a kiss to the Animals.
God bless You all Yours ever