Autograph manuscript, fair copy, of a novel
too much into society for my present situation & state
of mind; & I impatiently look forward to the hour when
I shall be admitted into your delightful retirement.
I long to be made known to your dear little Children,
in whose hearts I shall be very eager to secure an in:
:terest. — I shall soon have occasion for all my for:
:titude, as I am on the point of separation from my
own daughter. The long illness of her dear Father
prevented my paying her that attention which Duty
& affection equally dictated, & I have but too much rea:
:son to fear that the Governess to whose care I con:
:signed her, was unequal to the charge. I have
therefore resolved on placing her at one of the best
Private Schools in Town, where I shall have an op:
:portunity of leaving her myself, in my way to you.
I am determined you see, not to be denied admittance
at Churchhill. It would indeed give me most pain:
:ful sensations to know that it were not in your
power to receive me. — Yr. most obliged & affec: Sister
S. Vernon. —
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