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ing. I would to God I was with you read- her I never desire to see again, for I ing the Atalantis ! I know the book, and never saw such a mouster in my life. 'twould be a vast pleasure to me to read I am very sorry for your sore eyes. By some of the storys with you, which are this time I hope all's over, and you can realy very pritty: some part of Eleonora's see as well as ever. Adieu, my dear. I like mightily, and all Diana's, which is When you drink tca with Mrs. B. drink the more moving because 'ris all true. If my health, and do me the justice to beyou and I was together now we should be lieve I wish my selfe with you. very good company, for I'm in a very July 7. pritty garden with a book of charming To Mrs. Anne Justice, York. verses in my hand. I don't know when we shall see Mrs. B. but when we do I am very glad you divert yourselfe so come into that country, is it quite impos- well. I endeavour to make my solitude sible for you to stay a week or so with as agreeable as I can. Most things of us? I only hint this, for I know people's that kind are in the power of the mind : inclinations must submit to their conve. we may make ourselves easy, if we canniencys; only tell me how far it may be not perfectly happy. The news you tell possible on your side, and then I'll en- me very much surprizes me. I wish deavour it on mine ; though a thousand Mrs. B. extremely well, and hope she things may happen to make it impossible designs better for her selle than a stolen as to my part. You know you should be wedding, with a man who (you know) we allwaies welcome to me, and 'tis none of have reason to believe not the most sinmy fault if I don't see you.

cere lover upon earth; and since his Remember your promise concerning estate is in such very bad order, I am the letters.

clearly of your opinion, his best course To Mrs. Ann Justice, ut York. would be to the army, for I suppose six

or seven thousand pound (if he should Yes, yes, my dear, here is woods, and get that with his mistrisse) would not set shades, and groves, in abundance. You hins up again, and there he might posare in the right on't ; 'uis not the place, sibly establish his fortune, at least better but the solitude of the place, that is in- it, and at worst be rid of all his cares. tolerable. 'Tis a horrid thing to see I wonder all the young men in England nothing but trees in a wood, and to don't take that method; certainly the walk by a purling stream to ogle the most profitable as well the noblest. I gudgeons in it. I'm glad you conti., confess I cannot believe Mirs. B. so imnue your inclination to reading ; 'tis the prudent to keep on any private corremost improving and most pleasant of all spondence with him. I much doubt her employments, and helps to wear away perfect happiness if she runs away with many melancholy hours. I hear from him. I fear she will have more reason some Nottinghamshire people, that Mrs. than ever to say there is no such thing. B. is not at all concern'd at the breaking I have just now received the numbers of off her match. I wonder at her courage the great lottery which is drawing: I if she is not, and at her prudence in dise find my selfe (as yet) among the unsembling it if she is. Prudent people are lucky; but, thank God, the great prize is very happy. 'Tis an exceeding fine thing, not come out, and there's roon, for hopes that's certain ; but I was born without still. Prithee, dear child, pray heartily it, and shall retain to my day of death for me. If I win, I don't question in the humour of saying what I think; there- spite of all our disputes) to find my selfe fore you may believe me, when I protest perfectly happy. My heart goes very I am much mortify'd at not seeing much pit-a-pat about it; but I're a horthe North this year, for a hundred and rid ill bodeing mind, that tells me I fifty reasons; amongst the rest, I should shan't win a farthing. I should be very have been beartily glad to have seen my very glad to be mistaken in that case. I Lord Holdernesse. In this hideous counc hear Mrs. B. has been at the Spaw. try 'tis not the fashion to visit; and the I wonder you don't mention it. Adieu, few neighbours there are keep as far from my dear. Pray inake no more excuses one another as ever they can. The di. about long letters, and believe your's version here is walking, which indeed never seem so to me. August 7. are very pritty all about the house ; but To Mrs. Anne Justice, York. then you may walk two mile without meeting a living creature but a few strag. IAN glad dear Mrs. Ellys finds se gling cows. We have been here near much happynesse in the state she has this month, and soen but one visitor, and enter'd into. I wish Mrs, B. had been


so happy to have so pritty a place, joynd the wretched of my own sex. You have with so pritty a gentleman as all the done me a sensible pleasure in writeing world calls Mr. Vane. She dines here an account of your own affairs; and I to-day with her family. I intend to desire to know how they proceed; and rully her about Sir William. She is a depend upon it your interests cannot be good-natur'd young woman, and I hear indifferent to me. If you like Mr. Heber tily wish she may find (if that can be) a 1 advise you to take him, if the match is recompence for the disappointment she agreeable to your relations. We must has met with in this rouling world. Every do something for the world; and I don't mortal has their share; and tho' I persist question but your own good humour and in my notions of happynesse, I begin to his love will make you very happy. 'Tis believe nobody ever yet experienced it. more prudent to marry to money with What think you? My present enter nothing else, than every thing else withtainment is rideing, which I grow very out money, for there's nothing so hard to fond of, and endeavour to lay up a stock come by; but that is not your case, since of good health, the better to endure the Mr. Heber has money and is agreeable fatigues of hfe. I hope you are situated to0.-What would you have more?in an agreeable place, and good air. Prithee, dear child, don't stand in your You know me, and that I wish you all own light, and let your next letter be sorts of pleasures; the world affords few, sign'd, A. Heber. but such as they are, dear Mrs. Ellys, Pray tell me the name of that unfortumay you enjoy them all.

nate young lady whom you and I pity so Sept. 10. . 1

much. To Mrs. Ellys, at Beverly, Yorkshire. Sept. 22.

To Mrs. A. Justice, at York. The Lord save us! what wretches are men! I know that Lord Castlecomare I wish heartily for the successe of your intimately well, and have been very gay affair, because I wish heartily for every in his company. That 'uis possible there thing that pleases you. I agree with you, should be so inbumane a creature! I there is no misfortune so uneasy as un pity the poor young lady to the last de certainty, and I had rather be sure of gree. A man must have a compound of never having my wishes, than be perpeill-nature, barbarousnesse, and inhuma- tually toysing between hope and fear.' I nity, to be able to do such an action. pity poor Mrs. Ridsdale, and am glad her I cannot believe there are manny would family has so just a sense of her misforbe guilty of it. I could declaim four tunes, not to encrease 'em by ill 'usage. hours upon this subject>uis something. If my Lord Castlecomare had any small rebichly ingrateful and perfidious, I know mains of honesty or good-nature, he would several Lord Castlecomare has made love marry her. I'am surprised she has no to, but should have never believ'd him, relation that has spirit enough to take a or any inani, so utterly void of all tender-' public revenge for a public affront; though nesse and conipassion. Had them men no revenge can come up to the nature of women to their mothers ! I can hardly the injury. If I was in the poor lady's believe it. Iamn of your mind, the young lamentable case, instead of crying and lady is limppy if she dies. If he sent her sighing in a chimney corner, wasting tears same ratsbane in a Jetter, is all the and breath to no purpose, I would een kindnesse he can now do, all the recomas pluck up a stout heart, go to London, pence he can now make her. I don't and-poyson him that's all. Out of an • question but there are some of our own excesse of humanity, I would not poysoa sex inhumane enough to make a jest of all his family; his uncles and aunts should her misfortunes. Especially being a rest in pence; but I don't think she can baoth the public mark of malice, next do less in honour: and if I was she. I to plungeing people into misery (as that should be overjoy'd to be hang'd upon barbaroos Lord Castlecomare has done) such an occasion, for I think she has no the greater piece of ill-nature is insulting farther busynesse in this world. den ander ty Chiefly those ruin'd for! I am sorry you can't go to Scoffron, for or perhaps onsned by vows and un- I pity the poor young woman's melardone by too much credality, I alwajes choly there extremely, and know no com

e unhaps, without strictly looking pany more proper to chase it away than

mock however their misfor- that of my dear Nanny, who bas a most
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You 1

You are very happy, dear Nanny, and all in readynesse, whip, there comes some I'll swear I think you are very wise. impertinent visitor or another and puts People have uneasynesses enough in this all into confusion again. So that you world that they can't help, and therefore must forgive me that's the short on't. they ought to help all they can. I hope I am heartily sorry for the misfortunes Mrs. B. follow's these prudent maxims, of Orvonoko, and hope he'll find as inuch and am glad to hear she is forgetting all mercy in the court of heaven as in the former disquiets. A new tire always court marshall. As to dresse, 'is difetches out an old one and one may vided into partys: all the high church learn that from a burnt finger--and, as ladies affect to wear heads in imitation you say, there is no medicine like it. I of the steeples, and on their inuifs roses stay in the country longer than I intende exactly like those in the parsons' hats. On ed, for fear of that confounded distemper the other side, the low party (of which the small-pox, which happens to be next I declare iny selfe) wear little low heads door to our house in London. I com- and long ribands to their muffs. This mend you mightily for not thinking of a full account of the important busynesse coming; for tho' this world is a ridicu. dress, which is at present much talk'd of lous impertinent place, yet, as long as against the birth-night, where every body one lives in it, one must conform to the is endeav'ring to outshine the other. The humours of other people : and tho' I per- town is very full, and diversion more folo sist, and shall do to my dying day, in low'd than ever I knew it. I am invited asserting that perfect happynesse may be to a ball to-night. I believe I shall dance in this life, yet I hardly believe any body with some of the same company I did at has ever found it yet; but I commend Mrs. Banks's. Now we talk' of Mrs. you, all wise people, make the best of a Banks, pray does the match go on, or is bad bargain; if one's gone, ne're keep a it only a false report? The best way to pother, get another, get another-'tis the make sure of an old lover, is certainly to best advice in the world. I hope to see engage to a new one. I wish her exyou next summer, and then we'll talk over tremely well, as I dare say you do, and old storys again. I don't think you to hope next summer we shall sce her again. be much lamented for not comeing to I long inightily to see dear Nottinghamtown, (except you had some particular shire, and dear Nanny, who has a most reason for't), for realy I have had expe- faithfull friend of me." rience of both, and if you'l take my judge To Mrs. Anne Justice, at York. ment, was I to chuse for alwaies, I should prefer a country life, not out of a roman. Let me die, my dear, and all that, if tick fancy, but pure reflection on wbich I have been so well pleas'd since I came is happyest. Every body goes out of to London as with your two letters. 'Tis mourning this Christmas, and the grand true, I'm often diverted, and sometimes affair of cloaths employs all the tongues pleas'd, but never happy. You know and fingers of womankind. When I'm these distinctions are just, tho' they may in London (if you desire it) you shall sound odly. Don't mistake me, child : have as exact an account as I can give pray love Mr. Crotchrode, he has wit, of the dresse of the head, number of and a man of wit cannot be a villain. ribands, and cut of the manteau a la- I have sent you a kuot by the Mansmode, tho' one milliner is worth ten of field carrier, and am your very humble me at those nicetys; lazynesse and care. servant. lessncsse maķeing great part of my com- January. pound; the first of these, at this minute, To Mrs.Justice, Scofion, Nottinghamshire. has so much power, as to make my pen drop out of my hand before I have told I HAVE got a cursed cold, that lies so you how much I am your's.

consumedly in my head (I suppose you'l Direct your next to London, for 'tis to bear how I got it) I can't write such a be hop'd I shall be there by that time. letter as I wou'd do, if I had my eyes I Dec. 27.

wou'd write a better---take the will for To Mrs. Anne Justice, a! York.

the deed my dear. I congratulate your

good fortune. Would to God, John I HOPE, dear Nanny, you do not think may be as lucky to me. You need not I forget you; but I'll swear this town is such fear I should forget Friday; though I a place, and one is so hurry'd about, 'tis knock any hend against the wall every with vast difficulty I can get pen, mk, tipe I think on't, and cure my stars, and paper; and perhaps when they are that never sends ine an inclination with

out out a disappointment. Well, I hope we Miss Justice there? He assur'd me he shall meet again at Scofftop-bit can be did, and said a thousand pritty things of for no long time-half a day is very short; you. Good buy te'e my dear, I wish but however it is better than nothing, and you all the happynesse you wish yourthat will be soon.

selfe, and that you may be perfectly, perI don't mention your accident: you fectly so; and let people say what they may suppose I am sorry for your fright, will, that is possible. I am going to day and glad of your 'scape.

apon a pleasant expedition, and will give. Tis a cursed condition of humanity, an account of it in my next. The miller we have long entire weeks to give to me- told the queen, her majesty should be in lancholy, and so few fleeting minutes to great danger of drowning in December, pleasure.

whereat her majesty laugh'd very much, To Mrs. Justice, York.

and was pleas'd to call him a blockhead,

and say she should never be in danger of KxOwing experimentally, my dear, drowning, because she should never trathe plague of sore eyes, I'm sure you will rel; but she has writ us word, that, yo-' think it sufficient excuse for not sooner ing to Nottingham, the chaise overturn'd condolcing with you for the losse of your in a deep ditch tull of water, and she mother, which I am truly and heartily very narrowly escap'd with her life, which sorry for, as I am for any thing that confirms us in the opinion of his being a gives you trouble. The greatest I have conjuror. I wish to God he was, for is the weaknesse of my sight, which is then you know. enough of all conscience. I have sat a good while in a dark room, and am in- You are a very generous friend, to deed not now in a condition of writing; be as much pleased with Mrs. Banks's but could not be any longer without let- wedding as if it was your own; and I ting you hear from me. Diversions are am not lesse obliged to you for your none to me at my present; and my mi- kind wishes about the lottery. I wonder serable eyes take from me all the recrea- you don't think of putting in yourselfe: tions of my life, both in company and a thousand pounds per annen is worth solitude. I wish you may be at Scoffton trying for, though the odds be never so some part of this summer, for I dare say great. Prithee do, my dear, imagine to we shall be in that country, and then I yourselfe, how agreeable a surprize 'will may have the pleasure of seeing you he to have so large an estate, to come to again, which you know will be much to London in your own coach and six horses, my satisfaction. I am afraid you'll hard- be the celebrated toast of the town, and l be able to read this, but indeed I at last make some true lover happy, to hardly see what I write, and my eyes the utter disappointment of all fortonewater so, I must conclude; but I hope hunters, who would allmost stiffe you that won't hinder you from writing to me with their troublesome assiduities. Tliese soon, since 'tis none of my fault I did shining ideas, if I was in your place, not write sooner or don't write more now. would perswade me to venture a ticket

* or two. My prospect is very diferent : Tu Me Ann Justice, York. Sudade if I win I intend to retire ont of the croed,

SLE I am in; my particular pleasure would You see I follow my orders, and write be, in despising the censure of fouls, and what I have to say in a bit that may be shutting the doors upon three parts of burnt without questions. I am glad of my acquaintance, who should never see the happynesse of the couple you know, me afterwards. n I would no longer visit but have malicé enough to wish it de- the Dutchesse of Fiddlefaddle, for rear of fed di me came to be witnesses: tho being called rude, and yo regularly to my I reckon my selfe in part there since you Lady Tattle's visiting night, to nyoid be sre, and am overjay'd at your obliging ing the subject of her malice. In short, promise of an nccount of all passages. would shew all that sincerity so natural to You never was in the wrong in your life me, and keep no company out of lear but to one thing, and that is asking my nor cringe lo detestable prudes to acquire

donkorreedom that plenses and a reputation. I would live (you won't D

hecond all things. I hope believe it)-but I would live in the counthem to the nt Mr. Banks, and that try. I would bave a little neat house,

sammer. I saw a very which nobody should enter that did not Foorum Bentleman other day; in some degree enter into my heart too.

in pont commendations I would be always my own, or people's thou if he knew one that I thought part of my selfe.This


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scene delights me; though I fear, like all in a few posts afterwards that I desire my other pleasing ideas, 'twill vanish in your company. You observe just, there air, and leave me, as I was, but still is no charm like liberty, and liberty is your's.

never in a croud; there is a vast, a solid Jan. 31.

pleasure, in having one's lime at one's To lrs.Justice, Scoffion, Nottinghamshire. own disposal, and not to be ty'd up to

the forins that are more troublesome I am very glad you continue in your than servitude; a servant has nobody to beliefe that perfect happynesse is not (as please but his master; we that live in the some wildly think it) a chimæra: tho' I world, have all the world-every creature never met any body told me they had it, is free to be both our judge and accuser. that does not deter my pursuit of it, pay What a happiness then to be out of the even hopes The blessed lottery was hurry, to passe the days unneeded, wiihopen'd ibis day. There is a croud at out the malicious remarks of formal the Bank; there is no approaching with prudes, or the insipid railleries of ene in half a mile of it. The Earl of Pem- vious coquettes. I infinitely approve your broke puts in three thousand pounds, generous resolution of making Mr. and all the world talks of nothing else; (for I suppose you mean bim) happy. I so I suppose they all hope at Icast to add cannot suppose you so unfortunate as considerably to their happynesse, if not you fancy your selfe. Prithee try-who atlain it, by that means. I write to Mrs. would not venture for cternal happyBanks this very day, so you'l see in her nes-e?-perfect happynesse-tho' Miss letter what reports I have heard concern- Banks will allow of no such thing. Pray ing her matrimony. The undertaking I ask her the question again, a week atter spuke of (like most undertakings) was her wedding : l'll be hang'd if she does not half so pleasant in the action as in not look down and cry, she's perfectly the prospect; it was inuch such another happy. 'Tis a strange cruelty in my as the miller's, but not half so saustac- fortune, that I am not to be at that tory. The pretended fortune-teller was charming solemnity. If it was some so ignorant as to take my sister for the aukward disagreeable place, I'in sure I elder, and several other absurditys, which should be there, tho' I study'd all ways provok'd me to an utter contempt of all and means to avoid it. But destiny cailthose creatures and their ridiculous pre- not be struggled with; and 'tis tit for me, dictious. My sister is very well reco- upon many occasions, to make use of the vered, and we go to the play to-night. adinirable proverb, “ Alake the best of a Lord Chamberlain danced last night at bad baryam." This consideration makes Lady Hide's, where there was a vast deal me move up and down town, and endeaof company. You do nie wrong in fan- vour to make my life pass as tolerably as cying I should be weary of the length of I can. The Gazette, I suppose, has told your's; I'll assure you I think them ibe you of the magnificent bail of Count more obliging. The knots begin their "Turucca : there was a great inanny masjourney to-day; I'm afraid you have queraders-ihe two Mr Molesworths was thought of them so long they won't an. some of the must galant there, one dress'd swer your expectations. Pray do me the like a Dutch skipper, and the other in a favour to wear it at Miss Banks' wedding, suit trim'd with green and gold, and made if 'tis not yet over. I never think of the themselves very remarkable by their fine solemnity without wishing myselfe at it; dancing. But Mr. D'Arcie every way but I won't be so ill-natur'd to Mr. Vane excelled all the rest : he was like a shepto wish it delay'd till spring; tho'I hope herd, but so sbining with jewels, so near, you'l stay till that time. I fancy we so lovely, he surpriz'd and chara'd every shall come down about May: wbenever body. Good buy ic'e my dear-if the I do, all the diversions I leave here will bell did not ring I would write out my not give me so much regret, as the seeing paper. my agreeable country friends will pleasure, To Mrs. Justice, at Scoffton, Jan. 16.

To Mrs. Justice, at Scoffion,

You are very obligiog, my dear. Of

all things I like your lover's letter, gay, You are infinitely obliging. I pretend kind, and airy, as you say he is in his conno value in my letters, but they come versation. People say be is very handfrom a heart very much devoted to your soine; his stile shews he has wit and service. If you hear I have the lot (as gaiety. These are very fine charming I beseech lieaven I may) you will hear qualifications, but consider my dear


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