London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
BURNEY, Frances (Madame d'Arblay, 1752-1840). Autograph letter signed ('Fr d'A') to her brother Charles, Bath, 21 July 1816, a chatty letter beginning with commiserations on an attack of gout and wishes for a good convalescence ('that tedious, monotonous season'); the letter continues with speculation as to her son Alexander's, success with a Cambridge scholarship, 'We, here, are almost non-compos with our ignorance relative to the Tancred', worrying at the potential expense of a change of college; Burney goes on with requests for news, praise of Charles's son, Charles Parr Burney, an anecdote of the Bishop of Lincoln's family and ironic comments on the numbers of departures for the Continent, 'I am prepared to hear nothing next year but histories of Ghosts, for houses are emptying so fast of all their substantial members, that nothing else will remain to people them'; the letter concludes with a vignette of the Duke of Wellington taking the waters at Malvern, 'walking to the Pump with a little son in each hand', 4 pages, 4to, bifolium, integral address panel; with a letter of presentation by a later Charles Burney, 1904.
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