The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 6 eBook

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May 21, 1830.

Dear Hone—­I thought you would be pleased to see this letter.  Pray if you have time to, call on Novello, No. 66, Great Queen St. I am anxious to learn whether he received his album I sent on Friday by our nine o’clock morning stage.  If not, beg inquire at the Old Bell, Holborn.


Southey will see in the Times all we proposed omitting is omitted.

[See notes to the letter to Southey above.]



[Enfield, Saturday, May 24th, 1830.]

Mary’s love?  Yes.  Mary Lamb quite well.

Dear Sarah,—­I found my way to Northaw on Thursday and a very good woman behind a counter, who says also that you are a very good lady but that the woman who was with you was naught.  These things may be so or not.  I did not accept her offered glass of wine (home-made, I take it) but craved a cup of ale, with which I seasoned a slice of cold Lamb from a sandwich box, which I ate in her back parlour, and proceeded for Berkhampstead, &c.; lost myself over a heath, and had a day’s pleasure.  I wish you could walk as I do, and as you used to do.  I am sorry to find you are so poorly; and, now I have found my way, I wish you back at Goody Tomlinson’s.  What a pretty village ’tis!  I should have come sooner, but was waiting a summons to Bury.  Well, it came, and I found the good parson’s lady (he was from home) exceedingly hospitable.

Poor Emma, the first moment we were alone, took me into a corner, and said, “Now, pray, don’t drink; do check yourself after dinner, for my sake, and when we get home to Enfield, you shall drink as much as ever you please, and I won’t say a word about it.”  How I behaved, you may guess, when I tell you that Mrs. Williams and I have written acrostics on each other, and she hoped that she should have “no reason to regret Miss Isola’s recovery, by its depriving her of our begun correspondence.”  Emma stayed a month with us, and has gone back (in tolerable health) to her long home, for she comes not again for a twelvemonth.  I amused Mrs. Williams with an occurrence on our road to Enfield.  We travelled with one of those troublesome fellow-passengers in a stage-coach, that is called a well-informed man.  For twenty miles we discoursed about the properties of steam, probabilities of carriages by ditto, till all my science, and more than all, was exhausted, and I was thinking of escaping my torment by getting up on the outside, when, getting into Bishops Stortford, my gentleman, spying some farming land, put an unlucky question to me:  “What sort of a crop of turnips I thought we should have this year?” Emma’s eyes turned to me, to know what in the world I could have to say; and she burst into a violent fit of laughter, maugre her pale, serious

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