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'My [underlined] vast [end underlining] dear Sister! O why, instead of 5, not give us [underlined ten, twenty [end underlining], of such dear delicious people? - I have devoured the whole, - and now feel so forlorn, so grieved to have none for tomorrow, that I tremble lest some grievous melancholly malady should seize upon me! - One after another, and then almost all at once, I have loved every soul among them so much, that to part with them is quite dreadful. Dear Sir Hugh! - But to me, if not most dear, at least most amusing Sir Sedley - where did you pick up that delightful, ridiculous [underlined] vast [end underlining] enchanting creature? - and how could you be so cruell as to dismiss him to the Hebrides with such a stink and never let us hear of him again? - I missed him [underlined] ineffably [end underlining] - I love him [underlined] superlatively [ end underlining], and, at the last moment, must own, I hated him [underlined] inexpressibly [end underlining]! sweet good little Eugenia! - Shall I ever dare to grumble again at a [underlined] red nose [end underlining] and a [underlined] dwarfs height [end underlining! - I wish, however, I had, like her, a little Latin and greek to make it go down rather more palateably. Of Camilla herself what can I say sufficiently expressive of my rapturous fondeness for her! [Burney then continues for several paragraphs to analyse and admire characters and plot of her half-sister's novel...] [underlined] Enfin [end underlining], with blessings and thanks that (tho' not for [underlined] me [end underlining] singly in the world you have brought forth so unequalled a treeat, I will conclude by signing myself the most enchanted of readers & affectionate of sisters'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1796 and 15 Jul 1796
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Chelsea College
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Sarah Harriet Burney
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Aug 1772
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: daughter of music historian Charles Burney; later writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frances Burney
Title: Camilla; or, a Picture of Youth
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17535  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sarah Harriet Burney
  Editor: Lorna J. Clark
  Title: Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The
  Place of Publication: Athens GA / London
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 17-18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 17-18,, accessed: 29 May 2020

Additional comments:

letter to Frances (Burney) D'Arblay, 15th July 1796; part of letter written with Charles Burney.



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