Autograph manuscript, fair copy, of a novel
Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson
You were mistaken, my dear Alicia, in sup:
:posing me fixed at this place for the rest of the
winter. It grieves me to say how greatly you were
mistaken, for I have seldom spent three months
more agreeably than those which have just flown
away. — At present nothing goes smoothly. — The
Females of the Family are united against me. — You
foretold how it would be when I first came to
Langford; and Mainwaring is so uncommonly pleas:
:ing that I was not without apprehensions myself.
I remember saying to myself as I drove to the
House, "I like this man, pray Heaven no harm
come of it!" — But I was determined to be discreet,
to bear in mind my being only four months a wi:
:dow, & to be as quiet as possible, — and I have been
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