|Postcards from OAP|
Dear Miss Sneed
We was monstrous sorry to hear that you couldn't join our merry party on the tour. We wanted to dance in the evenings, but as you was to be our accompaniment, we had to defer the pleasure.
Mr Ferrars and I passed through Alton to call on the Miss Austens. We talked about Beaux. They're monstrous pretty although I though Miss Jane Austen looked at me in an odd way. They say she writes stories. Perhaps she wants to use me as the heroine of her next novel.
Wishing you a monstrous quick recovery and many beaux,
Mrs Robert Ferrars, Lucy Steele as was
P.S. Nan advises you to wear pink as it is your doctor's favourite colour.
Dear Miss Sneed,
I keenly feel the absence of your company. My aunt is not the most amiable of companions as you have often proved yourself to be. I know my present circumstances have caused many to abstain from my company but I hope you will not be one of them.
Please come to visit, your company will be MOST welcome at any time.
I remain your friend in need,
My dear friend,
Hello from Newcastle where I have settled with the new Mrs Wickham (one of the silliest girls in the country). Wish you were here as I am in ever-great need of a loan to settle some debts. Without your help I don't think we shall have quite enough to live upon. I am sending Lydia to P. while I enjoy myself at Bath, in the hope she can procure some funds from her sister. Else she will have no choice but to come upon the town.
The weather is very dreadful, the heat has been unbearable. I felt very weak indeed. My sisters neglected me and in your absence I have had nothing better to do than keep next the window to see if any visitors pass by. It will be so much better when Anne arrives next week to help me. She has nothing better to do in comparison to me. Please join us next week in Bath I am sure the water will do you very good.
It is quite horrid without you as Mrs Allen has no acquaintance in town. We have been to the theatre, strolled the Pump Room, visited the dressmakers and now have nothing to do but read Mrs Radcliffe by the fire in my new shawl. I do wish to be introduced to a handsome young man with a secret to conceal, but for now I shall to my book.
We are all on our way to Lyme Regis. I am so excited I expect to walk the Cobb and enjoy myself excessively…..
Oh dear! I must continue on behalf of my dear Louisa - a most unfortunate accident. She was most foolish and missed (yes, my dear, missed!) Captain Wentworth's arms as she jumped from Granny's Teeth. She is now laid up in Captain Harville's bedroom but we have great hopes for her recovery.
Completed on behalf of Louisa Musgrove
Yours etc., etc.,
A Surgeon (A very close surgeon).
We are taking a trip. The coach driver took so long that I thought we were lost. I had such flutterings in my stomach. No one had any pity on my poor nerves. At last we arrived. I knew that it would turn out well as a little sea-bathing will set me up forever.
Wish you were here.
I am highly affronted by your absence. Is this how you repay my generosity to you during your visit? Clearly you have disregarded my advice on the correct placement of gowns and I am certain you did not mention my name at The Bell, else they would have attended you.
I am most seriously displeased.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
P.S. You didn't travel alone by post, did you? I am most attentive to all these things.
I would have invited you to spend a few days with us while you are in London, with all my heart, but I have already invited the Miss Steeles to stay. And you know, they will benefit far more from our generosity than you. Perhaps if you come another year you can come to visit.
The trip to London is quite fine, indeed. My cousins keep me occupied most of the day. Pleasant outings with my Aunt and Uncle are quite diverting and distracting. I ordered pretty muslin from the Warehouse but they delivered the wrong colour…I blame myself.
Hope you are in good health, I find myself quite content.
Dearest Admiral Sneed,
The only time in my life I felt or thought myself uneasy was when we were separated, as we are for the first time while you are on a journey towards good health, and I remain secure in the company of the Ladies at Old Alresford Place.
I long for our reunification whether on land or sea.
All my love and regards,
Derbyshire has provided us many delights. On our journey North we visited Blenheim, a very large house, richly furnished with extensive gardens. In Derbyshire we have visited Chatsworth which rivals Blenheim in every respect. Tomorrow we will visit Pemberley as we are assured that the family is away from home.
Aunt and Uncle Gardiner and I wish you were with us.
My Dear Miss Sneed,
I am very sorry you were unable to join us during our travels. However, I believe you were wise to remain home. I myself do not know why anyone would want to leave the comfort of their hearth and family (and I know my dear wife's father heartily agrees with me).
I hope you are in good health and look forward to seeing you on our next visit to Highbury.
I hope you received my hyacinths? Having a wonderful time in Bath, will tell you all about the latest fashions in muslins when I get back.
Have been out all d-- day in my racing carriage, but it is just not speedy enough for my taste. I've taken Isabella and her new friend along- it was a great d-- laugh to see the whites of Miss Catherine's eyes! Would write more but I'm checking out a carriage I might acquire for 40 guineas let me know when you're next in town and we'll see if you're made of sterner stuff than Miss Morland!
Having a great time in Portsmouth, or I was until Henry Crawford arrived here unexpectedly. We had a nice walk along the sea front, but really do not like that man! If I am lucky he will be press-ganged onto one of the warships and never be seen again. Do you know if they press-gang women? Then I could point them at Mary Crawford.
Wish you were here.
My Dear Miss Cheryl,
As a clergyman I feel it my duty to send my sincerest condolences on your unfortunate indisposition. Lady Catherine de Bourgh herself condescended to say, this very morning, that our party was seriously lacking that serenity and calm that only your presence can bestow. You will be relieved to hear that the staircases in the houses we have been fortunate to visit have all been of a magnificence and splendour appropriate to our wonderful party.
With sincerest good wishes,
I must admit that I admire you…that I greatly esteem you…that I like you…and not just because you can play the forte piano in the key of "F".
I wish you had been with us on the coach ride to Cleveland, when Charlotte Palmer didn't draw breath once.
Colonel Brandon will send you music soon.
Miss Dashwood (Elinor)