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In Whig Society 1775-1818
Charles Grey to Lady Melbourne, 20 December 1791

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Fallodon, Decr. 20.
Dear Lady Melbourne,

I could almost find it in my heart to be very angry with you for the fright you have given me, but my happiness in being relieved from it will not allow me. I cannot express to you the misery I have suffered for the last three days. Upon reading your letter over again, I found a very exact date of the day on which you wrote it, & a little Postscript telling me that it would enable me to calculate the arrival of the parcel with certainty. This I thought you had considered as sufficient without writing a second letter, & as the time of the arrival of the parcel corresponded exactly with the day on which you said you were to go to Town I thought there was no longer any chance. I waited, however, but Sunday’s Post bringing me no letter I then gave it quite up. Last night your letter arrived and made me quite happy, the more so as it was the more unexpected. The parcel, however, is not yet come, tho’ it ought to have been here at the same
time as your letter. I have, however, no fears for its safety, as I never knew anything lost in the Mail Coach. The worst of it is I had written to her yesterday, having had a letter the night before, desiring me to direct to Aix, as it was very material in case the letter had miscarried that I should hear from her as soon as possible. I am in hopes, however, that I shall be able to stop the letter, as I sent it to a Person in Town to put into the Post, which he may not have done before a letter I shall write today reaches him, as I believe the foreign Post does not go from London till Friday. At all events I shall write today to her again, & if I am in luck she may open the letter meant to relieve her anxiety first, or at least it will follow immediately.

I can bear any scolding from you just now under the joy of this unexpected relief. But you ought to be a little mild from the example of good nature that I set you, in not scolding you for being so dilatory. In the letters I got from Roanne and Lyons on Saturday she says she hopes I have got the parcel, as it was of the greatest consequence that I should have it immediately. So you must justify me to her, & make your own peace. Why did you not send me some of her letters if you felt inclined to do so? Indeed, I never mean to plague her, but I believe I am born to be a plague to every body. I write in a great hurry and am going to Alnwick to enquire about the parcel, which will give me an opportunity of putting this into the Post to-day, which I should not otherwise have had. God bless you.

Yours sincerely,
C. Grey.