By Katherine Givens
Originally published in the Daily Love.
February 12, 1810
Dear Ms. Minsler,
Do not trouble yourself with avoiding talk of the war. It seems to have immersed itself in every fiber of my life. Each day becomes more miserable than the last. Each day becomes bloodier. Each day I lose soldiers who have been under my command for months. I am glad to hear that my homeland is not suffering from my misfortunes. At the very least, I can say I am protecting my people.
Derbyshire is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a gem compared to most of God’s other creations. Tonight, before I go to sleep, I will imagine myself in such a place. A place where the warmth from a hearth permeates the room and a foggy window to watch the snow fall.
P.S. This may be a bit of an afterthought, but how does Flora fare? Have you received word from her?