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THE

HISTORY

OF

Miss PITTBOROUGH.

In a SERIES of LETTERS.

By a LADY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. 1.

LONDON:
Printed for A. MILLAR, and T. CADELL, in

the Strand ; and J. Johnson and Co. in
Pater-nofter Row.

MDCCLXVJI.

249. 5.494.

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ooo HY, my Nancy, do you

alone delay your congrátúW

lations on my entrance into a new untried world ; espe

cially as it is fuchi a world, my dear, if we may trust report, as is molt aptly calculated to give your friend the highest delight. I confess, indeed, VOL. I.

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1

I am

I am at present a stranger to all those gay Aattering scenes my foolish heart has so long panted after.

But is not the hour of my introduction at hand ? I have pre-determined to remit you whole volumes in their praise, provided they answer my high-raised expectations.

I will acknowledge to you, that the town in itself is far from making the most agreeable appearance, unless one was capable of admiring things for being merely preposterous: the height of the houses, the dirt of the streets,and extentofthe buildings, severally coming under that denomination.

But, giddy creature that I am, why do I I thus suffer my vivacity to transport me beyond myself? and neglect telling you in its due, consequently the first place, what unspeakable regret I feel at being separated at so unmerciful a distance from my beloved fifter and most engaging companion : yet why may not sober truths be

expressed in lively language? – gravity is by no means a proof of sincerity; for we are taught by every day's experience, that hypocrisy bears no peculiar characteristic.

Never did honeft dame Nature produce greater contrasts than you and I: light and shade, earth and air, are but weak emblems : – we have our opposite views, our opposite arts of pleasing, our opposite difpofitioned admirers. Yet notwithstanding all these opposite articles, including at the same time our tastes and inclinations, we are most indissolubly attached to each other by affe&tion's tye, infinitely stronger than that twig confanguinity. ,

By the

way,

it

appears to me, from the little observation I have hitherto been capable of making with respect to the conduct and conversation of our numerous vifitants, that the nearest and deareft relationships are confidered as a mere farce in this polite part of the globe.

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