9 — Mrs. Johnson to Lady S. Vernon Edward Street.
My dearest Friend，—I congratulate you on Mr. De Courcy‘s arrival， and I advise you by all means to marry him； his father’s estate is， we know， considerable， and I believe certainly entailed. Sir Reginald is very infirm， and not likely to stand in your way long. I hear the young man well spoken of； and though no one can really deserve you， my dearest Susan， Mr. De Courcy may be worth having. Mainwaring will storm of course， but you easily pacify him； besides， the most scrupulous point of honour could not require you to wait for his emancipation. I have seen Sir James； he came to town for a few days last week， and called several times in Edward Street. I talked to him about you and your daughter， and he is so far from having forgotten you， that I am sure he would marry either of you with pleasure. I gave him hopes of Frederica‘s relenting， and told him a great deal of her improvements. I scolded him for making love to Maria Mainwaring； he protested that he had been only in joke， and we both laughed heartily at her disappointment； and， in short， were very agreeable. He is as silly as ever.