From the Same to the Same 

Dear Fanny

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.' 

'If that is your resolution' (said my Mother) 'why should you be afraid of my forcing your inclinations?' 

'Why, because I have not settled whether I shall have him or not.' 

'You are the strangest Girl in the World, Mary. What you say one moment, you unsay the next. Do tell me once for all, whether you intend to marry Mr Watts or not?'

 'Law, Mama, how can I tell you what I don't know myself?' 

'Then I desire you will know, and quickly too, for Mr Watts says he won't be kept in suspense.'

 'That depends upon me.' 

'No it does not, for if you do not give him your final answer tomorrow when he drinks Tea with us, he intends to pay his Addresses to Sophy.' 

'Then I shall tell all the World that he behaved very ill to me.' 

'What good will that do? Mr Watts has been too long abused by all the World to mind it now.' 

'I wish I had a Father or a Brother because then they should fight him.' 

'They would be cunning if they did, for Mr Watts would run away first; and therefore you must and shall resolve either to accept or refuse him before tomorrow evening.' 

'But why if I don't have him, must he offer to my Sisters?' 

'Why! because he wishes to be allied to the Family and because they are as pretty as you are.'

'But will Sophy marry him, Mama, if he offers to her?' 

'Most likely. Why should not she? If however she does not choose it, then Georgiana must, for I am determined not to let such an opportunity escape of settling one of my Daughters so advantageously. So, make the most of your time; I leave you to settle the Matter with yourself.' And then she went away. The only thing I can think of my dear Fanny is to ask Sophy and Georgiana whether they would have him were he to make proposals to them, and if they say they would not I am resolved to refuse him too, for I hate him more than you can imagine. As for the Duttons if he marries one of them I shall still have the triumph of having refused him first. So, adeiu my dear Freind--

Yrs ever M. S.