Surrey Jail,--5 Nov. 1813.
My dearest love,
I have only time to say that I remain on the mending plan, & am continually thinking bow I mean to enjoy myself with you all on the winter evenings,--to say nothing of the nights, which at present I find very chilly. As Ned E. is not yet to be had I have procured you a novel of the celebrated Wieland's, and would have sent you another of Miss O.'s in one volume, only it seems very melancholy. Thank you for the duck, which, /is/ I suppose, is what Margaret was so mysteriously grinning about.-I miss Thornton very much in the garden, but kiss him & his brother for me, & tell him nothing about it. Mr. & Mrs. Hunter were here last night,--the former sleeping on the sopha, & the latter finding the duck disagree with her: I told them of both, & we were all very merry about it. God bless you, my darling girl.
Your affectionate husband,
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