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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
William Harness to A. G. K. L'Estrange, 26 September 1866

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Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
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“Kensington Gore,
“Sept. 26, 1866.
“My dear L’Estrange,

“I was very glad to see your handwriting this morning. You don’t know what it is to be alone in London. Everybody is away; and, strange to say, though at the Athenæum there are several men wandering about, they are all military-looking men, with moustache and martial swagger, who belong to the United Service Club over the way, and are disputing over newspapers and dozing in our arm-chairs while their own house is repairing. All the Athenæum men are either on long vacation, or sketching on the Continent, or doing something sportsmanlike in Scotland. I am really pining to get away; but of course I can’t think of moving till Majendie is
fairly returned, which will not be before the 18th. or 20th. of next month! When I do get away I go first to some friends in Hampshire, then to
Crake for sea-air and strength, then to the Archdales, then to Clumber, and then home. This round will, I think, occupy me till the first week in December, when I hope to come back to London and to find you here.

“I have got on wonderfully well, I think, with our letters. They seem to make a regular record of Miss Mitford’s life and opinions—to me much more interesting than most letters. She often repeats herself, and some of her ‘dearest loves’ and overflowing affection to that humbug, her father, must be slightly mitigated; its exuberance must be a little repressed.

“My sister is wonderfully well, and desires her kindest regards to you.

“Yours ever,
“W. Harness.”