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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Augusta Leigh to Francis Hodgson, 21 April 1818

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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26 Great Quebec Street, Montague Square:
April 21, 1818.

Dear Mr. Hodgson,—Your kind letter, which travelled a little in pursuit of me, began with the very sentence I have been thinking of writing you for an age at least! It appeared to me very long since I had heard of or from you, so I was for ever intending and wishing to write, but I had so little to say on what is most interesting to you, poor B.’s subject. He was nine long months silent to me, and you know that in spite of all one’s reason one must feel such a silence very much. However, he has written at last, making many lame excuses for not doing so during that period. I could wish not to be selfish on this subject, and I have long been too sure that I can neither do or say anything for his comfort. Indeed, dear Mr. H., I don’t know who can in his very unhappy state of feeling and perverted way of
thinking. His letters to me being unreserved on such points, give me more pain than pleasure. He is still at Venice. I believe he meets
Mr. Hanson at Geneva to sign and seal away poor dear Newstead. Alas! A Major Wildman has bought it for £90,000 or guineas, I forget which. Sixty thousand pound was secured by his marriage settlements, the interest of which he receives for life, and which ought to make him very comfortable. There was a mortgage, as I’ve heard, of £20,000 on the estate, and the remainder will pay off debts; so that, looking to his immediate comfort, we may consider the sale as a fortunate circumstance. But I am sure, dear Mr. H., you will enter into the feelings of all who regret that beloved Abbey for its own sake.

Beppois his, at least; though he has never said so, one may infer it from a thousand things. The 4th Canto is forthcoming, and I rather dread it for fear of more bitterness on the old subject. Lady B. is at Kirkby Mallory, in Leicestershire, but writes me word she intends being at Seaham during the summer months. She was some time ago in very bad health, but I am happy to hear now better than for some time past. The little girl is always well, and represented as the finest and most intelli-
gent child it is possible to meet with. I hear different reports as to her beauty; some people say there is a strong resemblance to her father. I am glad to find you are about to appear in the shape of the ‘
Friends.’ Pray let me hear from you whenever you can spare a moment. I am always anxious to receive good accounts of your and Mrs. H.’s health and welldoing, and am sincerely grateful to you both for your kind thoughts of me. I have this house merely as a temporary habitation, and am hoping for a more fixed residence. You shall hear if I have any good to relate. My husband has been in the country some weeks on hunting excursions, but I am sure will join with me in all that is kind to you and yours, and Georgiana desires to do so. Adieu! my dear Mr. H. Pray excuse the hurry in which I end this, having been interrupted. I forgot or omitted to say, for our comforts, that Major Wildman has, I hear, soul enough to value the dear Abbey and its ruinous perfections: so much so that he would not remove a stone, and wishes to restore it as far as he can. I hope this report is true. He was aide-de-camp to the Marquis of Anglesea at the Battle of Waterloo, and this is the extent of my savoir on this subject.


Pray give my best remembrances to Mrs. H., and believe me

Most truly yours,
A. L.