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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Augusta Leigh to Francis Hodgson, 4 September 1815

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II. 1794-1807.
Chapter III. 1807-1808.
Chapter IV. 1808.
Chapter V. 1808-1809.
Chapter VI. 1810.
Chapter VII. 1811.
Chapter VIII. 1811.
Chapter IX. 1811.
Chapter X. 1811-12.
Chapter XI. 1812.
Chapter XII. 1812-13.
Chapter XIII. 1813-14.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chapter XIV. 1815-16.
Chapter XV. 1816-18.
Chapter XVI. 1815-22.
Chapter XVII. 1820.
Chapter XVIII. 1824-27.
Chapter XIX. 1827-1830
Chapter XX. 1830-36.
Chapter XXI. 1837-40.
Chapter XXII. 1840-47.
Chapter XXIII. 1840-52.
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Six Mile Bottom: September 4, 1815.

Dear Mr. Hodgson,—I am quite ashamed when I think how very long your last kind letter has re-
mained unanswered. I have no excuse to offer but its having reached me at a time of much hurry and confusion, which has been succeeded by many events of an afflicting nature, and compelled me often to neglect those correspondents to whom I feel most pleasure in writing. Having apologised as well as I am able, I must trust to your indulgence for my pardon, and proceed to congratulate you and
Mrs. Hodgson upon an event which I see announced in the newspaper, and which from my heart I wish may be productive of all the happiness this world can bestow. Indeed, I cannot express with how much pleasure I read the paragraph, and thought of your first and dearest wish being realised.

My brother has just left me, having been here since last Wednesday, when he arrived very unexpectedly. I never saw him so well, and he is in the best spirits, and desired me to add his congratulations to mine upon your marriage. I was in hopes you might have seen him in London, as Col. L. informed me he had the pleasure of meeting you.

I will not now tire you with a longer letter, but must add that I always look forward with great pleasure to the hope of seeing you again, and renewing my acquaintance with Mrs. Hodgson.
In the meantime, believe me, with every good wish to you both,

Yours most sincerely,
Augusta Leigh.

P.S.—I forgot to say when on the B. subject, that he gave me the best accounts of Lady B.’s health.