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[London] Wednesday Evening
[February 23, 1829]
If Thornton had seen the house among the Alpha cottages instead of at Brompton, he certainly would have pronounced it to be a vile, modern, kickshaw of a thing, fit only for the uninitiated. It is a modern box in the strictest sense of the word, small room'd, & decently furnished, only without folding doors; but mind, I am willing to enter it tomorrow, if you think it will suit you.- I will proceed to notice the list you gave me, & then describe it a little further. You will see that there are some things very suitable,-as the beds.
"Water."- Pump & rain water: no water laid on; but a constant supply.
"One large bed to hold two in the large room."- Ihere is one. It is without furniture at present, but there is furniture.
"One little <one> bed to hold two, & a smaller one for Jacintha." There are all these, ready, in another room.
"Little bed for Vincent in the dressing room."- There is one, & the dressing room opens into the principal bed-room.
"Servant's bed."- Very good one.
"Thornton's, to hold two, & two small ones in the same room."- Tnere are these, precisely,-all ready-
"Furniture of the principal bed."- Noticed above.
"Kitchen furniture." I really forgot to make the proper enquiries into this; but
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P.S. The power to enter immediately, & the non-necessity for references are much; but for my part, if we can send the children to school, & John,-& provide for Thornton another in London,-I should be willing to remain another year at Epsom,-(in that house at Flag-hill) rather than subject you to the worry of the neighbours.