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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 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 from the view, would be
ungenerous. Fear nothing, there« fore, but hasten to Sir Benjamin
16 and to
“Your most affectionate friend,
• MATILDA BEAUCHAMP.
c H A P. XVII.
PETITION THE SECOND.
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