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Frank Leward: Memorials

Bampton to Mrs. Leward

page 343

Bampton to Mrs. Leward.

The Glades, Claydon, Christmas Day, 1860.

Dear Mrs. Leward.—You would not regret your noble conduct if you could have seen the effect it had upon Frank. He is a different person since he heard he was to have Herbert to look after. He is doing up the old house and getting Herbert's room ready for him, and has bought a pony already, though I told him Herbert is not yet eleven, I believe that is right, and had better not leave you for six months at least. He saw the wisdom of that at once but said he wished the six months were over.

Don't think for a moment though that there is any fear that he will spoil the boy. He is too good and sensible for that. He asked me at once, before I suggested it, what school I thought he had better go to. I thought Eton, what do you say?

Mrs. Leward is about the same, quiet and unemotional. Mr. Saunders our old friend is going away to-morrow to his cottage at the Lakes, and I have to get back soon and go to my new friends the liberal electors. I don't know what your political opinions are, but have I your good wishes?

I have attended to your business matters and had long conferences with your solictors at Bath.—I am Yours very truly

C. A. Bampton.