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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Augusta Leigh to Francis Hodgson, 15 May 1824

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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St. James’s Palace: May 15, 1824.

Dear Mr. Hodgson,—The newspapers will have announced to you the melancholy event which has taken place; but I cannot allow such a friend as you were to hear it only from that public source, and I know your kind anxiety for me will make a few lines from my own pen acceptable at such a moment. I need not say that I am overwhelmed with the severity and suddenness of the blow, but I try to be resigned to God’s will, and to exert myself for the sake of all those who are kind enough to feel for me. I am sure of your kind sympathy, and I know your affectionate attachment for our dear B. will make you feel this fatal event most severely. I can tell you little more at present than the papers contain. His complaint originated in a neglected cold, which became a rheumatic fever; and delirium at last, at intervals, I am grieved to say, prevented his servant Fletcher from being able to understand something he appeared very anxious to express. This is dreadful!

I hope the dear Remains will be brought to Eng-
land; it seems the wish of all. I have seen
Mr. Hobhouse, who is, as you will believe, dreadfully cast down by this unexpected and severe blow. You shall hear from me again. George Byron was to my comfort in London, and went down to poor Lady Byron, who is in great affliction. My children have all been ill, the two elder very seriously so, but thank God they are recovering.

With my best remembrances to Mrs. H.,

Believe me ever,
Yours most truly,
Augusta Leigh.