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Works of Charles and Mary Lamb. VI-VII. Letters
Charles Lamb to Sarah Hutchinson, 20 August 1815

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Dear Miss Hutchinson, I subscribe most willingly to all my sister says of her Enjoyment at Cambridge. She was in silent raptures all the while there, and came home riding thro’ the air (her 1st long outside journey) triumphing as if she had been graduated. I remember one foolish-pretty expression she made use of, “Bless the little churches how pretty they are,” as those symbols of civilized life opened upon her view one after the other on this side Cambridge. You cannot proceed a mile without starting a steeple, with its little patch of villagery round it, enverduring the waste. I don’t know how you will pardon part of her letter being a transcript, but writing to another Lady first (probably as the easiest task*) it was unnatural not to give you an accot of what had so freshly delighted her, and would have been a piece of transcendant rhetorick (above her modesty) to have given two different accounts of a simple and univocal pleasure. Bless me how learned I write! but I always forget myself when I write to Ladies. One
cannot tame one’s erudition down to their merely English apprehensions. But this and all other faults you will excuse from yours truly

C. Lamb.

Our kindest loves to Joanna, if she will accept it from us who are merely nominal to her, and to the child and child’s parent. Yours again

C. L.
[Mary Lamb adds this footnote:—]

* “Easiest Task.” Not the true reason, but Charles had so connected Coleridge & Cambridge in my mind, by talking so much of him there, and a letter coming so fresh from him, in a manner that was the reason I wrote to them first. I make this apology perhaps quite unnecessarily, but I am of a very jealous temper myself, and more than once recollect having been offended at seeing kind expressions which had particularly pleased me in a friend’s letter repeated word for word to another—Farewell once more.