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"It is something for a woman to be assured that in her eight-and-twentieth year, that she has not lost one charm of earlier youth." Anne, Persuasion. I totally agree, I only hope it feels the same at nine-and-twenty.
This letter is to be dedicated entirely to good News.
- If you will send my father an account of your Washing & Letter expences & c, he will send you a draft for the amount of it, as well as for your next quarter, & for Edward's Rent.-If you don't buy a muslin Gown now on the strength of this Money, & Frank's promotion, I shall never forgive you.- Jane to Cassandra, 1798
It is a book, Lessons for Children, by Anna Laetitia Barbauld, published 1801. It is written as a conversation between a mother and son, and was intended as a guide to educating children. It's a wonderful picture of life and education on period, and the conversations are surprisingly not far removed from how we talk to our son.
We have been using the phrases "Do not meddle with the ink horn" and "See, you have inked your frock" (to his great amusement).
Other gems are:
"I want papa's watch." "No, you will break the glass. You broke it once."
"What, wine for little boys! I never heard such a thing. No, you must not have wine. Here is water."