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Frank Leward: Memorials

Mr. Leward to Frank

Mr. Leward to Frank.

The Shrubbery, Southampton, Nov. 15, 1834.

My dear Frank,—I am exceedingly pained and annoyed at discovering quite accidentally that you had written to your grandmother, requesting her to invite one of your schoolmates to spend the Christmas holidays at Claydon. No one of any propriety of feeling could have so far transgressed the ordinary rules of politeness which are, or should be, inherent in every gentleman.

Your grandmother is exceedingly kind in inviting you to Claydon; but to venture to suggest that she should ask another, one, too, of whom we know nothing, is to impose on her kindness. Your brother Arthur, though so much page 8younger than you, would, I am convinced, never have committed so gross a breach of good taste and gentlemanly behaviour.

Pray write at once to your good grandmother and express sorrow for your fault.

With hopes and many prayers for your improvement, I am, always, your affectionate Father,

Francis Leward.