WM. SHORE SMITH
[24 Aug. 1846]
Describes how Hentlock, the young gentleman who kept his stationery in his ear, was treated; Miss Dutton has gone with one sore throat and two colds which will not delight her intended husband; she has chosen the Apocrypha as a wedding present; Janet Shore is dead - the daughter of Offley Shore; F.N. cannot pretend to talk of death as a misfortune; she comes to London next Thursday and on to Embley Saturday; she has a splendid large piece of mica with which they can polarize some day; asks about Shore's marks; there is some satisfaction in losing marks for Thucydides - it is trouble versus marks; F.N. likes everything to pay and believes we can make it; 'I cannot bear to hear people say, that they hope this or that feeling will wear off. I like to turn my penny from everything, not to lose the value of any part of use, even the feelings which give us most pain ... Ought we not to set up in business with all our stock? 1 always long to cry 'that's a lie' when 1 hear people say, Oh let him spend his time in hunting, or her hers in reading novels - it lets off the steam - would you stop up the tea-kettle's spout? Why, that steam, if properly bottled up, might turn a steam engine to make woollen skins for the whole country, or drive a railway engine, to bring you to your journey's end. That is a cowardly thing to wait till this or that has Jone off".
God has given us nothing in vain, not even vanity ...'; the virtue of Temperance is not chilly - steel acquires its temper by heat.
lop BW Add.MSS.46176.f.18
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