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Literary Life of the Rev. William Harness
William Harness to A. G. K. L'Estrange, 18 March 1868

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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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“Privy Council Office,
“March 18, 1868.
“My dear L’Estrange,

“I am sorry to hear that the tranquillity of your mind has been discomposed by a landstorm about your yacht; as, from your father and mother having recovered themselves a little, there was a brighter promise of enjoying your visit to Clifton than your friends had anticipated for you. But what has happened? What is the delinquency of the captain? I’m quite nervous to hear.

“Last Saturday was my birthday: I entered my 79th year amid the congratulations and cheers of my friends, who seemed to eat a very merry dinner on the occasion, at which I was too deaf to hear a word that was spoken. Indeed, I have caught a cold, and have a wheezing on my chest, which, with my deafness, renders me a most useless and extremely stupid individual.

“I have just been calling on Milman. He has been most seriously ill, but is a good deal better. He saw me, and told me rather an amusing anecdote. An Irish farmer, who had been corrupted by reading some liberal books, refused to pay his priest’s dues. ‘No, he wouldn’t; the Priest might turn him into mice, if he could, and said he would do; but he denied his power, and would not give him a six-
pence.’ The farmer remained contumacious and victorious. But still, triumphant infidel as he was, when night drew on, and they were preparing for bed, he said to his wife, ‘Biddy, don’t you think we had better lock up the cats?’

“Good-bye! I can’t write long.

“Believe me to be,
“Yours ever affectionately,
W. Harness.”