18 Aug 1831 - 1

Richard Bevan Esquire
5 Bryanstone Square

Marine Square
August 18th, 1831.

Dearest Richard,

I wrote in a great hurry last night I dare say you thought here was little occasion for my letter, but to speak truth I was glad of an excuse for writing - The hours pass very slowly in your absence. Yet time is too short to wish any portion of it past. I feel thankful I hope that we are so seldom separated, & look forward to being rewarded on Saturday for all my solitary hours by your dear presence here again- Our pets are both well thank God. We get on admirably. Bessie seems to prefer me very much to any other company, & always cries when taken away from me. I hope to get a letter from you tomorrow, as I am anxious to hear that you arrived safely, & that dear Caroline is better.

Mrs Henry & Mrs David are very kind and paid me a charitable visit yesterday evening. How is your throat? I beg you will not hurry & fatigue yourself & if you cannot easily get your business finished by Saturday do not come till next week. I saw yesterday just such a carriage as we want. It had a pair of ponies - The splashing leather I thought very convenient. It was thus


The steps let down from the centre. This appeared to me much better than the manner in which the splashing leathers are usually made i.e with one deep step, & none to let down which looks very clumsy. Do not bring me a yellow carriage, & [-] [barely legible entry] lining if you can help it.

No letters, Dorival is not gone, I saw him walking up the parade yesterday evening. Do not be alarmed lest I should give him the 30/-.  My finances are too low & my charity too cold to be guilty of this extravagance -

I put my letter by till the afternoon thinking something might occur worth mentioning but as it rains fast it is not likely I shall have any visitors. I think you had better get some more tea and arrow root. I do not think the quantity of the former in the tin canister can much exceed two pounds, & there may be the same quantity of arrow root. If you get any for ourselves do not forget Mrs King. I am writing to papa Dora what do you wish to say to him? My dear papa kiss him, doat on him - any more? I dear O - Taylor has not been to take my tooth out, I am in no immediate hurry so I shall let it last till he comes of his own pleasure- I shall not write you a long letter as you will probably hear from me every day till you return - Do not grudge me this pleasure - Remember me most kindly to the party in Bryanston Square, & do not forget to come back to your most affectionate

Mr Henry Elliot has just called. Wished to see you. left no message did not ask for me -

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18 Aug 1831
Charlotte Bevan [his wife, but unsigned]
Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan Esq., 5 Bryanston Square, London