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Emscote Manor House [original text crossed out- 29th] 30 Sepr /70

My dear Elizabeth

I must again send my
letters via Southampton for the
continent is so disturbed and
the railways so destroyed – the
claims are that they might be
detained – How you will all grieve
to think that any hour may
see Paris in ruins – for the people
there seem mad – and vow that
rather than that a Prussian victory
that they will blow it up – set
in [it] on fire [original text crossed out- or] in short make it a
ruin – Of home news – I have none
but to continue our good acct
of your uncle being very well – the
change here has done him
a world of good – the weather
continues all we could wish
and we as heretofore live in
the open carriage or sitting out
of doors – but of news I can
give none – for we hardly

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