1) MISS STANHOPE TO MRS. –
MY DEAR FANNY
I am the happiest creature in the World, for I have received an offer of marriage from Mr. Watts. It is the first I have ever had, and I hardly know how to value it enough. How I will triumph over the Duttons!
I do not intend to accept it, at least I believe not, but as I am not quite certain, I gave him an equivocal answer and left him. And now my dear Fanny, I want your Advice whether I should accept his offer or not; but that you may be able to judge of his merits and the situation of affairs, I will give you an account of them.
He is quite an old Man, about two and thirty, very plain, so plain that I cannot bear to look at him. He is extremely disagreable and I hate him more than any body else in the world. He has a large fortune and will make great Settlements on me; but then he is very healthy.
In short, I do not know what to do. If I refuse him, he as good as told me that he should offer himself to Sophia, and if she refused him, to Georgiana, and I could not bear to have either of them married before me.
If I accept him I know I shall be miserable all the rest of my Life, for he is very ill tempered and peevish, extremely jealous, and so stingy that there is no living in the house with him.
He told me he should mention the affair to Mama, but I insisted upon it that he did not, for very likely she would make me marry him whether I would or no; however probably he has before now, for he never does anything he is desired to do.
I believe I shall have him. It will be such a triumph to be married before Sophy, Georgiana, and the Duttons; And he promised to have a new Carriage on the occasion, but we almost quarrelled about the colour, for I insisted upon its being blue spotted with silver, and he declared it should be a plain Chocolate; and to provoke me more, said it should be just as low as his old one.
I won’t have him, I declare. He said he should
come again tomorrow and take my final answer, so I believe I must get him while I can. I know the Duttons will envy me and I shall be able to chaperone Sophy and Georgiana to all the Winter Balls.
But then, what will be the use of that when very likely he won’t let me go myself, for I know he hates dancing, and what he hates himself he has no idea of any other person’s liking; and besides he talks a great deal of Women’s always staying at home and such stuff.
I believe I shan’t have him; I would refuse him at once if I were certain that neither of my Sisters would accept him, and that if they did not, he would not offer to the Duttons. I cannot run such a risk, so, if he will promise to have the Carriage ordered as I like, I will have him; if not he may ride in it by himself for me. I hope you like my determination; I can think of nothing better;
And am your ever Affectionate
2) FROM THE SAME TO THE SAME
I had but just sealed my last letter to you, when my Mother came up and told me she wanted to speak to me on a very particular subject.
“Ah! I know what you mean; (said I) That old fool Mr. Watts has told you all about it, tho’ I bid him not. However you shan’t force me to have him if I don’t like it.”
“I am not going to force you, Child, but only want to know what your resolution is with regard to his Proposals, and to insist upon your making up your mind one way or t’other, that if you don’t accept him, Sophy may.”
“Indeed (replied I hastily) Sophy need not trouble herself, for I shall certainly marry him myself.”