Dear Elinor and Marianne,
I hope you are enjoying your stay in London! I wish I could go. It simply is n't fair that I have to stay at home. Mamma says that I may go when I am old enough to be Out, but I do n't want to wait that long. I want to go now, and I think that if you talk to Mrs. Jennings, Elinor, she will surely let me come and visit with you. I like Mrs. Jennings; she talks about things & we NEVER talk about things.
Edward still does not come to visit. It's been weeks since he last came, & even then his last visit was so short! It was really of no
I want Mamma to shew me how to play Cassino, so that I can play with all of you when you & Mrs. Jennings return from London, but she says I am not old enough. I hate being the youngest. Elinor, do write to Mamma and say I may learn. I am quite old enough, I'll be twelve soon!
Oh! I just had a thought! Is Edward in London? Do tell him to come and see us, Elinor. You know he will if you ask him. I am dying for the chance to play at swords with someone. I am planning another expedition to China, and he has promised to go as my servant. He'll be swabbing the decks of course; I couldn't afford to do it myself as I shall be quite busy with my captainly duties.
Hurry back, Elinor and Marianne. I miss you dreadfully, and I will go on all the walks you like, Marianne, when you return.
Your loving sister,
in great haste &c,
(Read the other letters in this series here)