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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
William Harness to A. G. K. L'Estrange, 6 November 1869

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Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
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“Nov. 6, 1869.
“My dear L’Estrange,

“Nothing has happened since I came back, except the arrival of Mr. Archdale in town, who has been driven from Norfolk by the bitterness of the cold. I was very happy at Sherborne. I like living in a school; it is so regular in the hours, and the meals are so ample and plain and good. To be sure I felt very much as if I was a pupil, and subject to the laws of the school, from which, when I transgressed them by appearing too late at breakfast or dinner, I was only absolved from the punishment by some illogical and partial exception.

“My pen won’t write, and when that is the case, my mind is always suggesting false words to my ink.

“When shall you be back? I am told to go to the sea for a few days, and intend being with
Crake at Battle from Monday till Saturday. I hope the sea-air will carry away my cough before it gets fixed for the Winter. I’m very old; and at that age in which keeping alive seems to be the sole object of living.

“I have heard nothing of Miss Mitford nor of Miss Austen; the life of the latter I’m looking for with great anxiety. In the meantime, I’ve been spending my evenings on the dullest of books, with clever things in it—Noblesse oblige.

“When do you come back. I’m off to dine with my niece.

“Yours ever affectionately,
W. Harness.”