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ment to know their greatest Interest, to encourage and chuse Honest men for their Friends.

I have not once seen the Person you complain of, whom I have of late thought to be, as the Apostle admonisheth,o«^ Flefi with his Wife.

Pray make my sincere compliments to Lord Burlington,vfhom I have long known to have more Mind to be a Good and honourable man, than almost any one of his rank.

I have not forgot yours to Lord Boling&roke, (tho' I hope to have speedily a fuller opportunity) he returns for Flanders and France, next Month.

Mrs. Howard has writ you something or other in a letter which she says she repents. She has as much Good-nature as if stie had never seen any Ill-nature, and had been bred among Lambs and Turtle-doves, instead of Princes and Court-Ladies.

By the end of this week, Forte/cue will pass a few days with me. We shall remember you in our Potations, and wish you a Fisher with us, on my Grafs-plat. In the mean time we wish you Success as a Fisher of Women, at the Wells, a Rejoycer of the Comfortless and Widow, an Impregnator of the Barren, and a Playfellow of the Maiden. I am

Tour, £cc.

Dear Sir,

TFaithfully assure you, in the midst of that melancholy with which I have been so long encompassed, in an hourly Expectation almost of my Mother's death; there was no circumstance that render'd it more insupportable to me, than that I could not leave her to see you. Your own present Escape from so imminent danger, I pray God may prove less precarious than my poor Mother's can be; whose Life at her age can at best be but a short Reprieve, or a longer Dying. But I fear, even that is more than God will please to grant me; for, these two days past, her most dangerous Symptoms are returned upon her; and unless there be a sudden change, I must in a few days, if not in a few Hours, be depriv'd of her. In the afflicting Prospect before me, I know nothing that can so much alleviate it as the View now given me (Heaven grant it may encrease !) of your recovery. In the sincerity of my heart, I am excessively concern'd, not to be able to pay you, dear Gay, any part of the debt I very gratefully remember I owe you, on a like sad occasion, when you was here comforting me in her last great Illness. May your P 4 health health augment as fast as I fear it pkases God hers must decline: I believe that would

be very fast may the Life that is added

to you be past in good fortune and tranquillity, rather of your own giving to your self, than from any Expectations or Trust

in others. May you and I live together,

without wishing more felicity or acquisitions than Friendship can give and receive

without obligations to Greatness God

keep you, and three or four more of those I have known as long, that I may have something worth the surviving my Mother. Adieu, dear Gay, and believe me (while you live, and while I live)

Tour, &c.

As I told you in my last letter, I repeat it in this: Do not think of writing to me. The Doctor, Mrs.Hoivard, and Mrs. Blounf give me daily accounts of you.

Sunday Night,

Dear Sir,

ITruly rejoyc'd to fee your hand-writing, tho* I fear'd the trouble it might give you. I with 1 had not known that you are still so excessively weak. Every day for

a week a week past I had hopes of being able in a day or two more to fee you. But my poor Mother advances not at all, gains no strength, and seems but upon the whole to wait for the next cold Day to throw her into a Diarrhœa that must, if it return^ carry her off. This being daily to be fear'd, makes me not dare to go a day from her, lest that should prove to be her Last. God send you a speedy recovery, and such a total one as at your time of Life may be expected. You need not fall the few Words I writ to you either kind, or good; That was, and is, nothing. But whatever I have in my Nature of Kindness, I really have for you, and whatever Good I could do, I wou'd among the very first be glad to do to you. In your circumstance the old Roman farewell is proper. Vive! memor nojlru

Tour^ etc.

I fend you a very kind letter of Mr. Dighyr between whom and me two letters have pafs'd concerning you.

Dear Qay,

NO words can tell you the great concern I feel for you j 1 assure you it

was was not, and is not lessen'd, by the immediate apprehension I have now every day lain under of losing my Mother. Be assur'd, no Duty less than that, mould have kept me one day from attending your condition : I would come and take a Room by you at Hatnpftead, to be with you daily, were {he not still in danger of death. I have constantly had particular accounts of you from the Doctor, which have not ceas'd to alarm me yet. God preserve your life, and restore your health. 11 really beg it for my own sake, for I feel I love you more than I thought, in health, tho' I always lov'd you a great deal. If I am so unfortunate as to bury my poor Mother, and yet have the good fortune to have my prayers heard for you, I hope we may live most of our remaining days together. Ifj as I believe, the air of a better clime as the Southern Part ot France,may be thought useful for your recovery, thither I would go with you infallibly; and it is very probable we might get the Dean with us, who is in that abandon'd state already in which I shall shortly be, as to other Cares and Duties. Dear Gay, be as chearful as your Sufferings will permit: God is a better friend than a Court: Even any honest man is a better. I promise you my entire friendship


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