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I have had the most incredible news from Lady Anne Fitzwilliam. It seems our cousin Mr. Collins has followed in Lady Catherine’s footsteps almost literally. On making his daily visit to Rosings he chose to enter by the main portico which was being reconstructed after the dreadful accident of Lady Catherine. As he entered, he engaged the workmen to ensure they were doing what he considered a proper restoration and in doing so failed to notice that the steps had not yet been mended. Being neither agile or alert accelerated his demise as he tripped and struck his head on the top step at the exact same spot where his former patroness died.
Do you realize that upon his demise and himself having only two daughters, that the last of father’s male line has been terminated? This means, and I have checked with Uncle Gardiner, that upon Father’s passing, the entitlement now falls upon the eldest female in his line. In other words, to you dear Jane. Father can now rest easy in the thought that you will inherit Longborne and thus be able to provide for our younger sisters.