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Newington, 22nd May, 1837 My dear Anna, When I closed my last letter to you, I thought to have written again immediately, but in these busy times a month passes like a few days & I am astonished to think I have not yet fulfilled my promise of giving an account of the wedding, which did not take place 'till the 2nd of this month - it certainly was the gayest I ever attended and we kept it up for two days in good old style according to Mr Dowling's wish - We behaved most admirably on the occasion from the beginning to the end of the two days! and Harriotte bore the fatigue and anxiety of the whole affair with astonishing spirit and fortitude - the Breakfast she provided was handsome and well served - the Dinner good, and the Evening party very pleasant, now this, added to marrying a Daughter, was really much business for one day. The number at breakfast was 26, the only persons besides members of the Family were the Bishop, Mr Cartwright (his clergyman) and Mr & Mrs Townshend, Mr Boydell's most particular Friends, and the only persons he invited - nearly the same party assembled at dinner - in the Evening we had many additions in the way of merry dancing Girls and Boys - Mrs Broughton and her laughing daughters were amongst them - I wish exceedingly you and all your little party had also been amongst the number, Brother Walker too would have enjoyed it or I am much mistaken - Mr D was so elated that he proposed the party should assemble the following evening, which was gladly seconded by all - so after a picnic in Bondi Bay given by John & exceedingly pleasant we all met and danced the second evening most merrily away - the next day as you may fancy we were completely exhausted and glad to get home - I think I was never more fatigued. Poor Alick was the only one that suffered pain for all this pleasure, and he was very imprudent in the midst of a multitude of good things, and brought on a sharp attack of dysentery from which he is not yet recovered in strength - but I have not told you how well the Bride and Bridegroom behaved - most admirably and they looked so well! and spoke with such steady audible voices and did not shed a tear - now this according to my idea is most proper and they had my admiration the whole time. The Bridesmaides (sic) were first Eliza Dowling and Elizabeth Forster, next Martha and Susan all in white and then Loo, and I, in pale lilac which with the Bride's beautiful worked muslin pelisse