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On a declaration he had heard he had made, of quainting him with his kinsman's setting out
taking vengeance of Mr Lovelace. His argu- for London, in order to embark. Wishes him
ments with him on that subject, from various to prevent a meeting between him and Mr


724 Morden,


CCCCXXV. The Lady's posthumous letter to her CCCCXxxii1. Mr Belförd to Lord M.-ilas
cousin Morden.-Containing arguments against had a visit from Mr Lovelace. What passed
DUELLING, as well with regard to her par-

between them on the occasion. Has an interview
ticular case, as in general. See also Letter with Colonel Morden,


CCCCXXVI. To her brother, on the same sub- CCCCXXXIV. From the same.- Just returned


725 from attending Mr Lovelace part of his way to-

cČCCXXVI. Colonel Morden to Mr Belford.-- wards Dover. Their solemn parting,

In answer to his pleas against avenging his CCCCXXXV. From the same.-An account of
cousin. He paints in very strong colours the what passed between himself and Colonel Mor-
grief and distress of the whole family, on the den at their next meeting. Their affectionate
loss of a child, whose character and excellencies parting, :


rise upon them to their torment,

726 cccxXxvi. Miss Howe to Mr Belford..

CCCCXXVII. From the same.--Farther parti- Gives, at his request, the character of her belo-

culars relating to the execution of the lady's ved friend at large ; and an account of the par-
will. Gives his thoughts of women's friendships ticular distribution of her time in the twenty-
in general ; of that of Miss Howe and his cousin, four hours of the natural day,


in particular. An early habit of familiar letter- CCCCXXXVII. Lovelace to Belford, from Paris.

writing how improving. Censures Miss Howe -Conscience the conqueror of souls. He can-

for her behaviour to Mr Hickman. Mr Hick-

not run away from his reflections. He desires a

man's good character. Caution to parents who particular account of all that has passed since

desire to preserve their children's veneration for he left England,


them. Mr Hickman, unknown to Miss Howe, CCCCXXXVIII. Belford to Lovelace.-Answers

puts himself and equipage in mourning for Cla- him as to all the particulars he writes about, : 749

rissa. Her lively turn upon him on that occa- CCCCXXXIX. Lovelace to Belford. Has recei-
sion. What he, the Colonel, expects from the ved a letter from Joseph Leman, (who, he says,
generosity of Miss Howe, in relation to Mr is conscience-ridden,) to inform him that Colo-
Hickman. Weakness of such as are afraid of nel Morden resolves to have his will of him. He
making their last wills,

728 cannot bear to be threatened. He will write to

CCCCXXVIII. Belford to Miss Howe.--- With the Colonel to know his purpose. He cannot

copies of Clarissa's posthumous letters ; and re- get off his regrets on account of the dear lady

spectfully, as from Colonel Morden and himself, for the blood of him,


reininding her of her performing her part of her CCCCXL. Belford to Lovelace. It would be

dear friend's last desires, in making one of the matter of serious reflection to him, he says, if

most deserving men in England happy. Informs that very Leman, who had been his machine,

her of the delirium of Lovelace, in order to move should be the instrument of his fall, · 751

her compassion for him, and of the dreadful death CCCCXLI. Lovelace to Belford.Has written to
of Sinclair and Tomlinson,

730 the Colonel to know his intention : but yet in
CCCCXXIX. Miss Howe to Mr Belford... Ob- such a manner that he may handsomely avoid
servations on the letters and subjects he com-

taking it as a challenge ; though, in the like
municates to her. She promises another letter, case, he owns that he himself should not. Copy
in answer to his and Colonel Morden's call upon of his letter to the Colonel,

her in Mr Hickman's favour. Applauds the CCCCXLII. From the same. He is now in his
Colonel for purchasing her beloved friend's way to Trent, in order to meet Colonel Morden.
jewels, in order to present them to Miss Dolly He is sure of victory : but will not, if he can
Hervey, :

731 help it, out of regard to Clarissa, kill the Colo-

CCCCXXX. From the same. She accounts for, nel,


though not defends, her treatment of Mr Hick- CCCCXLIII. From the same. Interview with
man. She owns that he is a man worthy of a Colonel Morden. To-morrow, says he, is the
better choice ; that she values no man more day that will, in all probability, send either one
than him : and assures Mr Belford and the or two ghosts to attend the manes of my Cla-
Colonel that her endeavours shall not be want- rissa. He doubts not to give the Colonel his life,
ing to make him happy,

732 or his death ; and to be able, by next morning

CCCCXXXI. Mr Belford to Miss Howe.-A eleven, to write all the particulars,


letter full of grateful acknowledgments for the


favour of hers,



CCCCXXXII.' Lord M. to Mr BelfördiAce PostSCRIPT,


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sive as I have been of next Wednesday. And

thus I argued with myself. LETTER I.

“Wednesday cannot possibly be the day they intend, although, to intimidate me, they may wish me to think it is: for the settlements are

unsigned ; nor have they been offered me to

Tuesday Night. sign. I can choose whether I will or will not I THINK myself obliged to thank you, my dear put my hand to them ; hard as it will be to reMiss Howe, for your condescension, in taking fuse if my father tender them to me-besides, notice of a creature who has occasioned you so did not my father and mother propose, if I made much scandal.

compulsion necessary, to go to my uncle's themI am grieved on this account, as much, I ve- selves, in order to be out of the way of my aprily think, as for the evil itself.

peals ? Whereas they intend to be present on Tell me—but yet I am afraid to know-what Wednesday. And, however affecting to me the your mother said.

thought of meeting them and all my friends in I long, and yet I dread, to be told, what the full assembly is, perhaps it is the very thing I young ladies, my companions, now never more ought to wish for: since my brother and sister perhaps to be so, say of me.

had such an opinion of my interest in them, They cannot, however, say worse of me than that they got me excluded from their presence, I will of myself. Self-accusation shall flow in as a measure which they thought previously neevery line of my narrative where I think I am cessary to carry on their designs. justly censurable. If any thing can arise from “Nor have I reason to doubt, but that (as I the account I am going to give you, for extenu- had before argued with myself) I shall be able ation of my fault (for that is all a person can to bring over some of my relations to my party ; hope for, who cannot excuse herself) I know I and, being brought face to face with my bromay expect it from your friendship, though not ther, that I shall expose his malevolence, and from the charity of any other : since by this of consequence weaken his power. time I doubt not every mouth is opened against “ Then supposing the very worst, challenging me; and all that know Clarissa Harlowe con- the minister as I shall challenge him, he will demn the fugitive daughter.

not presume to proceed; nor surely will Mr Solmes dare to accept my refusing and strug

gling hand. And finally, if nothing else will AFTER I had deposited my letter to you, do, nor procure me delay, I can plead scruples written down to the last hour, as I may say, I of conscience, and even pretend prior obligareturned to the ivy summer-house, first taking tion;" for, my dear, I have given Mr Lovelace back my letter from the loose bricks; and there room to hope (as you will see in one of my letI endeavoured, as coolly as my situation would ters in your hands) that I will be no other man's permit, to recollect and lay together several in- while he is single, and gives me not wilful and cidents that had passed between my aunt and premeditated cause of offence against him; and mne; and, comparing them with some of the this in order to rein in his resentment on the decontents of my cousin Dolly's letter, I began to clared animosity of my brother and uncles to hope, that I nceded not to be so very apprehen- him. “And as I shall appeal, or refer my scru

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