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Letter to Sophia Hibbert from Caroline Bryson 18171

My dear Sophia,
       According to my promise I write you a few lines which if it is not as long as you would wish I hope you will excuse it as I have a great many letters to write which I am anxious to dispatch as soon as possible.
       I hope you let me know where your head quarters are to be that I may be able to direct my next letters; we were extremely sorry at [f. . .ing] you were out on Wednesday when we called. I think your mamma will find Brighton pleasant than Radnor as she is going to remain till November Cecilia will not complain I think of want of company as I believe the Prices is shortly going there and he always makes it gay as long as he remains Officers &c&c abound in profusion, We have not yet fixed where we are going but I suppose shortly it will be determined; we went last night to the English Opera House were much entertained Edmund was delighted and hardly ever saw him laugh so hartily. The company was tolerable good but as this season of the year the rest is not to be expected. We are going tomorrow if it is fine Vauxhall to see all and on me. I again Edmund is looking forwards to it with no little delight he returns to Mr Burney's on Wednesday I do not think he much likes the idea though he endeavours not to show it poor little fellow. I have more time to pity him now my troubles are over at least from that quarter, We propose going to Harmvale next week I think most probably it will be Thursday to pay Miss Gordon a visit. Eliza is writing to inform her of our intention that she may be propose to entertain her illustrious guests. We met Dr Cloves the other day in Bond Street and he was going to Suffolk to celebrate Mrs Collys birthday and coming of age it is to be a very grand affair he comes into a great part of his fortune I assume. We all drank his health in a bumper here, I wished him all the happiness that I hope to enjoy a v[…] pretty wish do not you think so. We h[av]e been invited to spend a few days at Burwood but as mamma has prooo things declined, I must now conclude  as it is so dark I can hardly guide my pen.
       Papa and Mamma desire their best complements to Mr and Mrs Hibbert and with our united love Believe my ever my dear Sophia
            Your sincere and affectionate friend
Caroline Bryson
                      one of the Miss Clifton is going to be married.

Addressed to Miss Sophia Hibbert
Robert Hibbert Esq
East Hyde
… Luton

Post marked Aug 4 1817

1  Transcript of existent letter from archive of Betty Harrison transcribed 120409

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