Amused? with the style of Countess A- Panin’s letter to her cousin and copied it – see the other end [of] this book. Her manner of mentioning us is not the nicest? She calls A- my companion, but she deserves this since she would not be pleased to be thought my niece. The fact is, she has so little that is taking about her that they know not what to make of her – especially as she is no relation. Princess R- once asked why I had such a person so unsuited but I passed it over and she had too much tact ever to repeat the observation – I said I could not do without her, she kept house for me – not everyone would travel about with me and I must have someone.

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