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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
William Harness to A. G. K. L'Estrange, 18 August 1869

Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
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“Worting, Basingstoke,
“Aug. 18, 1869.
“My dear L’Estrange,

“I have had nothing to tell, and therefore have not written. Day follows day, each like the other in every thing, I am happy to say; as I certainly am a great deal better and less deaf every day that I am content to remain in this quiet home. I have not for these five years felt so free from all uneasiness or agedness as I am feeling at present. Thank God!

“This is our life: breakfast at nine, luncheon
at one, tea at five, dinner at seven, coffee at nine, bed at half-past ten. Every meal exact to time, except tea at five; that varies, as Arthur drives Coe and me out in a basket-carriage after luncheon, and we very often don’t get back from our excursion so soon; indeed sometimes we are so late as not to have any tea at all.

“You now know the whole course of my life; and when you have heard that between whiles I play with the dog, or doze over Crabb Robinson’sJournal,” I don’t think you have any more to hear of the present doings of W. H.

“I have just had a letter from Miss Skerrett; it is, strange to say, legible. She claims the fulfilment of a promise that, should any of Miss Mitford’s letters to her be printed, proofs of the MS. should be shown to her, and not published without her consent. I have written to assure her that her wish shall be complied with; but, as far as I recollect, no letters to her are given.

“I don’t know whither to send this. I must try Dover. My sister is gone to Norfolk, on her way to Lincolnshire, and I think of following her in about a fortnight. How the time does fly when one is happy and in good air!

“God bless you!

William Harness.”