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66 nettles. It is now burnished with

buildings, and blooming with “ flowers. The great beauty of the

place, simply considered, is suffi“ cient to gratify the most delicate • taste; but, when one adds thereto. “ the generous purposes for which “ that beauty has been preparing, « and considers it is designed to be a

paradise. for. distressed virtue in every

form; for merit superciliously “ over looked ; and for genius which is

spurned by ignorance; its value “ rises so on the imagination, that

one is perfectly dazzled. I am sure “ I am so to the greatest degree. The o idea is so delicious, so peculiar, "-fow uncommon. There is nothing “ now wanting but the furniture. I “ do not mean chairs, glaffes, tables, I 4

< for " for those will be here in a few

days, and are already ordered; but " that nobler furniture of honest minds « and generous hearts, made respect“ able by calamity, and sacred “ from their misfortunes. Amongst

these, my dear Elliot is invited as “ a valuable guest. She is invited “ to enjoy the independence and se

renity which she hath a right to “ claim, and which has fo long been “ her due. I have already, my “ dear, selected for you a house : “it is embofomed by lillies and roses e that almost emulate your own com

plexion. It is in that quarter " which lies nearest to the wood, and

will, therefore, be less liable to the « cold air, and make it more agree

« able

« able for walking. Here my Elliot « shall forget to figh; or, if that " cannot be, her fighs shall be bu. 66 ried in the bosom of a friend. Do “ not fear that any wrong curiosity 6 shall be set to work to extort is from

you that profound secret 66 which

you so firmly resolve to con“ceal. It will not be a maxim at

Shenstone-Green to oblige with one 66 hand and violate with the other. “ It is to be a sanctuary where inno

cence neglected, and worth abused, “ is to find absolute independence. “ Come then, my dear, come in the “ full security of being as private as

To share your anxiety it is only necessary to see

To explore the cause too critically, where it is purposely

you can wish.

" veiled

16 it.

“ veiled from the view, would be

ungenerous. Fear nothing, there« fore, but hasten to Sir Benjamin

16 and to

“Your most affectionate friend,




c H A P. XVII.



N the evening in which this,

letter was written, and sent by. a servant to the post-town, the steward came once more into. his sarcastical face, (just as Matilda and I were in high chit-chat upon

the charms of our project) and begged an audience.

my room, with

Speak, Samuel, said I, gayly. What! another petition, I suppose.

Sir, replied Samuel, my office obliges me to lay before


such things as come to hand upon the fubject of Shenstone-Green. At present I bear

a petition,

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