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A letter from LH Dowson to her new sister in law following her marriage, which I think was a couple of days earlier, with a little note from M A Gill also. This was addressed Mary in Cromer where she I assume she was on her honeymoon. I assume that the cakes were the bride's cake or the cakes for the feast mentioned in the Wedding Frolics letter.
The spelling is as per the letter. Note the arcane use of the f style s where there is a double ss as in addrefs. I cannot replicate this on the computer.
Thetford July 4th 1823
I know not my dear Mary whether you will be expecting to hear from me in your prisem little habitation but I trust that the reafsurance of happinefs that I feel in no lefs argue than the rest of our family upon the present occasion, will not be deemed unworthy (of) your acceptance. I need sincerely say that my hearts best wishes attended you both on the most important as well as well interesting day, and I have but few fears with respect to their complete realization.—The name of Sister, brings with it in my mind feelings of such different a nature, of sadnefs and pleasure from early and present afsociations that tho’ my heart would wish to perform its office well, it cannot help receiving to what it has lost, even at the time it should most feel what it has gained but all this I know you will most willingly excuse since it is from truest affection that such thoughts arise. – I trust now you are thoroughly enjoying the country around your favorite spot, and that when you return to Geldestone, you will find out but fresh reasons to repose your confidence and affectoin in the bosoms of your new relations. I am in daily expectation of hearing of the safe arrival of our brother from the Continent, & am sorry I shall lose some of his first details for after a while they become lefs interesting both to the describer and the hearer, but I must remain satisfied to hear it second hand – If pens ink and paper are not quite discarded where you now are I shall feel more than ever pleased to see your handwriting but I will not prefs what my be disagreeable to you. My dear Aunt and cousins write in all that is kind respecting you both, but not more sincerely than your affectionate, tho’ new, Sister LHDowson
Thanks are exprefsly sent from both houses for the handsome supply of cakes
Our Friend Lucy has expressed the thanks of the family for the kind present we received but as her paper is not filled I am tempted to acknowledge myself the pleasing intelligence (letter damaged) to request that Mrs Henry Dowson will (damage) the same affectionate & fascinating girl I had the pleasure of meeting last Summer. I likewise hope that now relationship is added to partiality she will continue to regard with favorable eyes the Cousin she almost flattered by her winning ways I believe that she had rendered herself a favorite.— Mary congratulations, some good advice & a thousand compliments you will recieve but mine must be all confused in the wish that the Husband & Wife may in future be as fondly affected as the Father & Daughter have hitherto been -- My Mother begs me to say when you visit Thetford we will endeavour to make up with fondnefs & affection the deficiencies of entertainment & style – With kind regards both to Henry & yourself believe my
M A Gill