Letter from C. Flint.

Finer, & less cold. Regrets at going, & would I could stay, but it is not possible. All packed. Called on Mr. Hewitson ― out, ― Dickenson’s man, Ford, came, & packed the poor Cedars. ― & I left all my things with him, & then came away from Oatlands Hotel, which I shall often have to think of pleasantly. ―― Walked to Chertsey. There, at the Swan, took a Dog Cart, ― & came to V. Water1, & Sunninghill, where I found C. Flint & his 9 children. He does not seem much older, nor does she. ― We drove to V. Water, & saw the skating: & there was Cheales also ― a far more simpatico2 fellow. I went to his house ― where his new wife is ill still.

Then C.R.F. took me to the Rail ― 5. Seymour Bathurst in the carriage ― & we got to Waterloo by 6.30. Stratford Place, tired. No note from C.M.C. So I dined on cold beef & came to bed ― after unpacking boxes.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]

  1. Virginia Water. []
  2. Pleasant, nice. []