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as entitled to every vote I can with good con- I never was offered a place myself ; and the science give it ; for a House of Commons should only one I would have taken, had I been offered not needlessly put drags upon the wheels of go- it, was master of the buckhounds ; for I loved vernment; and, when I have not given it my hunting when I was young; and it carries a vote, it was with regret; and, for my country's good sound with it for us who live in the counsake, I wished with all my heart the measure try. Often have I thought of that excellent old had been such as I could have approved.” adage; He that eats the king's goose, shall be
And another saying he had, which was this: choked with his feathers. I wish to the Lord,
Neither can an opposition, neither can a mi- this was thoroughly considered by place-hunnistry, be always wrong. To be a plumb man, ters ! it would be better for them, and for their therefore, with either, is an infallible mark, that poor families. that man must mean more and worse than he I could say a great deal more, and all equalwill own he does mean.'
ly to the purpose. But really I am tired; and Are these sayings bad, sir? Are they to be de- so, I doubt, are you. And besides, I would respised ?-Well, then, why should I be despised serve something for conversation. for remembering them, and quoting them, as I My nieces Montague, and Lady Sarah and love to do? Let me tell you, if you loved my Lady Betty, join in compliments to my niece company more than you do, you would not be the that is to be. If she would choose to have the worse for it. I may say so without any vanity; knot tied among us, pray tell her that we shall since it is other men's wisdom, and not my own, see it securely done ; and we will make all the that I am so fond of.
country ring and blaze for a week together. But But to add a word or two more on this occa- so I believe I said before. sion; and I may never have such another ; for If anything further may be needful toward you must read this through—Love honest men, promoting your reciprocal felicity, let me know and herd with them, in the house and out of the it; and how you order about the day; and all house ; by whatever names they be dignified or that. The enclosed bill is very much at your distinguished : Keep yood men company, and you service. 'Tis payable at sight, as whatever else shall be of their number. But did I, or did I you may have occasion for shall be. not, write this before ? -Writing, at so many So God bless you both; and make things as different times, and such a quantity, one may convenient to my gout as you can ; though, be forget.
it whenever it will, I will hobble to you; for I You may come in for the title when I am dead long to see you, and still more to see my niece; and gone-God help me !-So I would have you and am (in expectation of that happy opportukeep an equilibrium. If once you get the name nity) of being a fine speaker, you may have anything;
Your most affectionate Uncle, and, to be sure, you have naturally a great deal
M. of elocution ; a tongue that would delude an angel, as the women say—to their sorrow, some of them, poor creatures !-A leading man in the
LETTER CXIV. House of Commons is a very important character; because that house has the giving of money; MR LOVELACE TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ. and money makes the mare to go ; ay, and queens and kings too, sometimes, to go in a manner very
Thursday, May 25. different from what they might otherwise choose Thou seest, Belford, how we now drive beto go, let me tell you.
fore the wind.The dear creature now comes However, methinks, I would not have you almost at the first word, whenever I desire the take a place neither-it will double your value, honour of her company. I told her last night, and your interest, if it be believed, that you will that, apprehending delay from Pritchard's slownot ; for, as you will then stand in no man's ness, I was determined to leave it to my lord way, you will have no envy, but pure sterling to make his compliments in his own way; and respect; and both sides will court you. had actually that afternoon put my writings in
For your part, you will not want a place, as to the hands of a very eminent lawyer, Counsome others do, to piece up their broken for- sellor Williams, with directions for him to draw tunes. If you can now live reputably upon two up settlements from my own estate, and conthousand pounds a-year, it will be hard if you formable to those of my mother ; which I put cannot hereafter live upon seven or eight-less into his hands at the same time. It had been, you will not have, if you oblige me; as now, by I assured her, no small part of my concern, that marrying so fine a lady, very much you will—and her frequent displeasure, and our mutpal misall this, over and above Lady Betty's and Lady apprehensions, had hindered me from 'advising Sarah's favours! What, in the name of wonder, with her before on this subject. Indeed, indeed, could possibly possess the proud Harlowes !- my dearest life, said I, you have hitherto affordThat son, that son of theirs !—But, for his dear ed' me but a very thorny courtship. sister's sake, I will say no more of him.
She was silent. Kindly silent. For well know
1, that she could have recriminated upon me admirable creatures I called her to myself. But with a vengeance. But I was willing to see if I charge thee, write not a word to me in her fashe were not loath to disoblige me now. I com- vour, if thou meanest her well; for, if I spare forted myself, I said, with the hopes that all her, it must be all ex mero motu. my difficulties were now over ; and that every You may easily suppose, when I was re-adpast disobligation would be buried in oblivion. mitted to her presence, that I ran over in her
Now, Belford, I have actually deposited these praises, and in vows of gratitude, and everlastwritings with Counsellor Williams; and I ex- ing love. But here's the devil; she still repect the draughts in a week at farthest.
ceives all I say with reserve; or, if it be not shall be doubly armed. For if I attempt, and with reserve, she receives it so much as her due, fail, these will be ready to throw in, to make that she is not at all raised by it. Somne women her have patience with me till I can try again. are undone by praise, by flattery. I myself, a
I have more contrivances still in embryo. I man, am proud of praise. Perhaps thou wilt could tell thee of an hundred, and yet hold ano- say, that those are most proud of it who least ther hundred in petto, to pop in as I go along, deserve it; as those are of riches and grandeur, to excite thy surprise, and to keep up thy at- who are not born to either. I own, that to be tention. Nor rave thou at me ; but, if thou art superior to these foibles, it requires a soul. my friend, think of Miss Howe's letters, and of Have I not then a soul?-Surely I have.—Let her smuggling scheme. All owing to my fair me then be considered as an exception to the captive's informations and incitements. Am I rule. not a villain, a fool, a Beelzebub, with them al- Now have I foundation to go upon in my ready—yet no harm done by me, nor so much terms. My lord, in the exuberance of his geneas attempted ?
rosity, mentions a thousand pounds a-year penEverything of this nature, the dear creature ny-rents. This I know, that were I to marry answered, (with a downcast eye, and a blushing this lady, he would rather settle upon her all cheek,) she left to me.
he has a mind to settle, than upon me. He has I proposed my lord's chapel for the celebra- even threatened, that, if I prove not a good hustion, where we might have the presence of bạnd to her, he will leave all he can at his death Lady Betty, Lady Sarah, and my two cousins from me to her; yet considers not that a woMontague.
man so perfect can never be displeased with her She seemed not to favour a public celebration; husband but to his disgrace ; for who will blame and waived this subject for the present. I doubt- her ?-Another reason why a Lovelace should ed not but she would be as willing as I to decline not wish to marry a CLARISSA. a public wedding; so I pressed not this matter But what a pretty fellow of an uncle is this farther just then.
foolish peer, to think of making a wife indeBut patterns I actually produced ; and a jewel- pendent of her emperor, and a rebel of course; ler was to bring as this day several sets of jewels yet smarted himself for an error of this kind ! for her choice. But the patterns she would not My beloved, in her torn paper, mentions but open. She sighed at the mention of them; the two hundred pounds a-year for her separate second patterns, she said, that had been offered use. I insisted upon her naming a larger sum. to her ;* and very peremptorily forbid the jewel- She said it might then be three ; and I, for fear ler's coming; as well as declined my offer of she should suspect very large offers, named only causing my mother's to be new-set, at least for five; but added the entire disposal of all arrears the present.
in her father's hands, for the benefit of Mrs I do assure thee, Belford, I was in earnest in Norton, or whom she pleased. all this. My whole estate is nothing to me, put She said, tkat the good woman would be unin competition with her hoped-for favour. easy if anything more than a competency were
She then told me, that she had put into wri- done for her. She was for suiting all her dispoting her opinion of my general proposals ; and sitions of this kind, she said, to the usual way there had expressed her mind as to clothes and of life of the person. To go beyond it, was but jewels ; but on my strange behaviour to her (for to put the benefited upon projects, or to make no cause that she knew of) on Sunday night, she them awkward in a new state, when they might had torn the paper in two.
shine in that to which they were accustomed. I earnestly pressed her to let me be favoured And to put it into so good a mother's power to with a sight of this paper, torn as it was; and, give her son a beginning in his business at a proafter some hesitation, she withdrew, and sent per time, yet to leave her something for herself it to me by Dorcas.
to set her above want, or above the necessity of I perused it again. It was in a manner new taking back from her child what she had been to me, though I had read it so lately; and, by enabled to bestow upon him, would be the height my soul, I could hardly stand it. An hundred of such a worthy parent's ambition.
See Vol. VI. Letter XLI.
Here's prudence !-Here's judgment in so if my lord will not take it amiss, [and perhaps young a creature ! How do I hate the Harlowes he will not, as the motion came not from himfor producing such an angel !-0 why, why did self, but from you, Mr Lovelace,]. I will very she refuse my sincere address to tie the knot be- willingly dispense with his lordship's presence ; fore we came to this house!
the rather, as dress and appearance will then be But yet, what mortifies my pride, is, that this unnecessary; for I cannot bear to think of deckexalted creature, if I were to marry her, would ing my person while my parents are in tears. not be governed in her behaviour to me by love, How excellent this ! Yet do not her parents but by generosity merely, or by blind duty, and richly deserve to be in tears? had rather live single than be mine.
See, Belford, with so charming a niceness, I cannot bear this. I would have the woman we might have been a long time ago upon the whom I honour with my name, if ever I confer verge of the state, and yet found a great deal to this honour upon any, forego even her superior do before we entered into it. duties for me. I would have her look after me All obedience, all resignation-no will but when I go out, as far as she can see me, as my hers. I withdrew, and wrote directly to my Rosebud after her Johnny, and meet me at my lord, and she not disapproving of it, I sent it return with rapture. I would be the subject of away. The purport as follows; for I took no her dreams, as well as of her waking thoughts. copy : I would have her think every moment lost that That I was much obliged to his lordship for is not passed with me: sing to me, read to me, his intended goodness to me on an occasion the play to me, when I pleased ;- :-no joy so great most solemn of my life. That the admirable as in obeying me. When I should be inclined lady, whom he so justly praised, thought his to love, overwhelm me with it; when to be se- lordship’s proposals in her favour too high. rious or solitary, if apprehensive of intrusion, That she chose not to make a public appearretiring at a nod; approaching me only if I smi- ance, if, without disobliging my friends, she led encouragement; steal into my presence with could avoid it, till a reconciliation with her own silence ; out of it, if not noticed, on tiptoe; be a could be effected. That although she expressed Lady Easyto all my pleasures, and valuing those a grateful sense of his lordship’s consent to give most who most contributed to them ; only sigh- her to me with his own hand, yet, presuming ing in private, that it was not herself at the time. that the motive to this kind intention was raThus of old did the contending wives of the ho- ther to do her honour than it otherwise would nest patriarchs, each recommending her hand- have been his own choice, (especially as travelmaid to her lord, as she thought it would oblige ling would be at this time so inconvenient to him, and looking upon the genial product as him,) she thought it advisable to save his lordher own.
ship trouble on this occasion; and hoped he
from my own estate, leaving to his lordship’s
I conclude with telling him, that I had of
fered to present the lady his lordship’s bill; but ANOTHER agreeable conversation. The day on her declining to accept of it, (having myself of days the subject. As to fixing a particular no present occasion for it,) I return it enclosed, one, that need not be done, my charmer says, with my thanks, &c. till the settlements are completed. As to mar- And is not this going a plaguy length ? What rying at my lord's chapel, the ladies of my fa- a figure should I make in rakish annals, if at mily present, that would be making a public af- last I should be caught in my own gin! fair of it; and the dear creature observed, with The sex may say what they will, but a poor regret, that it seemed to be my lord's intention innocent fellow had need to take great care of to make it so.
himself, when he dances upon the edge of the It could not be imagined, I said, but that his matrimonial precipice. Many a faint-hearted lordship’s setting out in a litter, and coming to man, when he began in jest, or only designed town, as well as his taste for glare, and the joy to ape gallantry, has been forced into earnest, he would take to see me married at last, and to by being over prompt, and taken at his word, her dear self, would give it as much the air of not knowing how to own that he meant less a public marriage as if the ceremony were per- than the lady supposed he meant. I am the betformed at his own chapel, all the ladies present. ter enabled to judge that this must have been
I cannot, said she, endure the thoughts of a the case of many a sneaking varlet ; because I, public day. It will carry with it an air of in- who know the female world as well as any man sult upon my whole family. And for my part, in it of my standing, am so frequently in doubt
of myself, and know not what to make of the No matter for that ; she believes she acts matter.
upon her own judgment, and deserves to be puThen these little sly rogues, how they lie cou- nished for pretending to judgment, when she chant, ready to spring upon us harmless fellows has none.--Every living soul, but myself, I can the moment we are in their reach !-When the tell thee, shall be punished, that treats either ice is once broken for them, how swiftly can cruelly or disrespectfully so adored a lady.they make to port !-Meantime, the subject What a plague! Is it not enough that she is they can least speak to, they most think of. Nor teazed and tormented in person by me? can you talk of the ceremony, before they have I have already broken the matter to our three laid out in their minds how it is all to be. Little confederates, as a supposed, not a resolved-on saucy-face designers! how first they draw them- case indeed. And yet they know, that with me, selves in, then us !
in a piece of mischief, execution, with its swiftBut be all these things as they will, Lord M. est feet, is seldom three paces behind projection, never in his life received so handsome a letter as which hardly ever limps neither. this from his nephew
MOWBRAY is not against it. It is a scheme, LOVELACE. he says, worthy of us; and we have not done
anything for a good while that has made a noise.
Belton, indeed, hesitates a little, because [The Lady, after having given to Miss Howe matters go wrong between him and his Thoma
the particulars contained in Mr Lovelace's sine ; and the poor fellow has not the courage last letter, thus expresses herself:]
to have his sore place probed to the bottom.
TOURVILLE has started a fresh game, and A principal consolation arising from these fa- shrugs his shoulders, and should not choose to vourable appearances is, that I, who have now go abroad at present, if I please. For I apprebut one only friend, shall most probably, and if hend that (from the nature of the project) there it be not my own fault, have as many new ones will be a kind of necessity to travel, till all is as there are persons in Mr Lovelace's family, blown over. and this whether Mr Lovelace treat me kindly To me, one country is as good as another; or not. And who knows but that by degrees and I shall soon, I suppose, choose to quit this those new friends, by their rank and merit, may paltry island, except the mistress of my fate will have weight enough to get me restored to the consent to cohabit at home; and so lay me unfavour of my relations ? till which can be effect- der no necessity of surprising her into foreign ed, I shall not be tolerably easy. Happy I never parts. TRAVELLING, thou knowest, gives the expect to be. Mr Lovelace's mind and mine sexes charming opportunities of being familiar are vastly different; different in essentials. with one another. A very few days and nights
But as matters are at present circumstanced, must now decide all matters betwixt me and my I pray you, my dear friend, to keep to yourself fair inimitable. everything that might bring discredit to him, DOLEMAN, who can act in these causes only if revealed. Better anybody expose a man than as chamber-counsel, will inform us by pen and a wife, if I am to be his ; and what is said by ink (his right hand and right side having not you, will be thought to come from me.
yet been struck, and the other side beginning to It shall be my constant prayer, that all the be sensible, 7 of all that shall occur in our abfelicities which this world can afford, may be yours; and that the Almighty will never suffer As for Thee, we had rather have thy comyou nor yours, to the remotest posterity, to want pany than not ; for, although thou art a wretchsuch a friend as my Anna Howe has been to ed fellow at contrivance, yet art thou intrepid Her
at execution. But as thy present engagements CLARISSA HARLOWE. make thy attendance uncertain, I am not for
making thy part necessary to our scheme; but
for leaving thee to come after us when abroad. LETTER CXV.
I know thou canst not long live without us.
The project, in short, is this:-Mrs Howe MR LOVELACE TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ. has an elder sister in the Isle of Wight, who is
lately a widow, and I am well informed, that And now, that my beloved seems secure in the mother and daughter have engaged, before my net, for my project upon the vixen Miss the latter is married, to pay a visit to this lady, Howe, and upon her mother, in which the of- who is rich, and intends miss for her heiress, ficious prancer Hickman is to come in for a and in the interim will make her some valuable dash.
presents on her approaching nuptials; which, But why upon her mother? methinks thou as Mrs Howe, who loves money more than anyaskest, who, unknown to herself, has only act- thing but herself, told one of my acquaintance, ed, by thy impulse, through thy agent Joseph would be worth fetching. Leman, upon the folly of old Tony the uncle? Now, Jack, nothing more need be done than
to hire a little trim vessel, which shall sail a manners, will leave the women in their cabin,
Well, then, we will imagine them on board. spondence, and, I am informed, plays double I will be there in disguise. They know not any between mother and daughter, in fear of both. of ye four-supposing (the scheme so inviting) Dost not see him, Jack?-I do-popping up that thou canst be one.
and down, his wig and hat floating by him, and 'Tis plaguy hard, if we cannot find, or make paddling, pawing, and dashing, like a frighted a storm.
mongrel. I am afraid he never ventured to learn Perhaps they will be sea-sick ; but whether to swim. they be or not, no doubt they will keep their But thou wilt not drown the poor fellow, wilt cabin.
thou ? Here will be Mrs Howe, Miss Howe, Mr No, no !—that is not necessary to the project Hickman, a maid, and a footman, I suppose; - I hate to do mischiefs supererogatory. The and thus we will order it.
skiff shall be ready to save him, while the vesI know it will be hard weather ; I know it sel keeps its course ; he shall be set on shore will, and before there can be the least suspicion with the loss of wig and hat only, and of half of the matter, we shall be in sight of Guernsey, of his little wits, at the place where he embarkJersey, Dieppe, Cherbourg, or anywhere on the ed, or anywhere else. French coast that it shall please us to agree with Well, but shall we not be in danger of being the winds to blow us ; and then, securing the hanged for three such enormous rapes, although footman, and the women being separated, one Hickman should escape with only a bellyful of of us, according to lots that may be cast, shall sea-water? overcome, either by persuasion or force, the Yes, to be sure, when caught-But is there maid-servant; that will be no hard task, and any likelihood of that? Besides, have we not she is a likely wench, [I have seen her often :) been in danger before now for worse facts? And one, Mrs Howe; nor can there be much diffi- what is there in being only in danger?— If we culty there, for she is full of health and life, actually were to appear in open day in England and has been long a widow: another, [that, before matters are made up, there will be greatsays the princely lion, must be 1!) the saucy er likelihood that these women will not prosedaughter, who will be too much frighted to cute, than that they will. For my own part, I make great resistance, [violent spirits, in that should wish they may. Would not a brave felsex, are seldom true spirits—'tis but where they low choose to appear in court to such an arcan ;] and after beating about the coast for raignment, confronting women who would do three or four days for recreation's sake, and to credit to his attempt ? The country is more make sure work, and till we see our sullen birds merciful in these cases than in any others; I begin to eat and sip, we will set them all ashore should therefore like to put myself upon my where it will be most convenient ; sell the ves- country. sel, [to Mrs Townsend's agents, with all my Let me indulge a few reflections upon what heart, or to some other smugglers, 7 or give it thou mayest think the worst that can happen. to Ganmore ; and pursue our travels, and tarry I will suppose that thou art one of us, and that abroad till all is hushed up.
all five are actually brought to trial on this ocNow I know thou wilt make difficulties, as casion; how bravely shall we enter a court, I it is thy way, while it is mine to conquer them. at the head of you, dressed out each man as if My other vassals made theirs, and I condescend- to his wedding appearance !—You are sure of ed' to obviate them, as thus I will thine, first all the women, old and young, of your side.stating them for thee according to what I know What brave fellows !- What fine gentlemen ! of thy phlegm.
There goes a charming handsome man !-meanWhat, in the first place, wilt thou ask, shall ing me, to be sure !-Who could find in their be done with Hickman? who will be in full hearts to hang such a gentleman as that? whisparade of dress and primness, in order to shew pers one lady, sitting perhaps on the right hand the old aunt what a devilish clever fellow of a of the Recorder, [I suppose the scene to be in nephew she is to have.
London,) while another disbelieves that any What !- I'll tell thee-Hickman, in good woman could fairly swear against me. All will