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LETTER CCXVI. To Lady STEELE. Dear Prue, Chelsea, Monday, Feb. 14, 1715-16.

R. FULLER* and I came hither to dine.

in the air ; but the maid has been fo flow that we are benighted, and chuse to lie here rather than go this road in the dark. I lie at our own bouse, and my friend at a relation's in the town.

I desire Willmot may come in the morning with my linen. Your obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER CCXVII. To Lady STEELE.
DEAR PRUE,

March 26, 1716.
DID not come to town to day because I find

my hand in, and, by the help of Dymockt, shall be able this evening to finish what I have deferred from day to day for two months last paft. Lest you should be uneasy, I send Will . mot to let you know that i shall not come home till to-morrow about eleven in the morning, and am, dear creature, absolutely thine,

Rich. STEELE.

* One of Steele's assistants as a writer in the Tatler. See New TATLER, vol. V. N° 205, p. 266 and 267, note; whese the curious reader will find a very honourable account of him, too long to be transcribed here. + STEELE's amanuensis.

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DEAR PRUE, St. James's-street, Aug. 9, 1716.

OU may observe, in those excellent

books which your polite cousin* reads to you, that necessaries are often wanting to the heroes and heroines for want of flowing their portmanteaus with

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materials. The bearer brings you, with this, a case of instruments for eating and drinking, that may be upon the road both of ornament and use to, Madam, your obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER CCXIX. To Lady STEELE, at Car.

marthen, South Wales.

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DEAR PRUE,

Saturday, Nov. 17, 1716.
OLLY's distemper proves the small-pox,

which she has very favourably, and a good kind. Mrs. Evans is very good; and Nurse Jervase very diligent; Sarah has every good quality, and the whole family are in health · beside the dear infant. I am very close at my papers, not having been two hours out of the

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* Alexander Scurlock, fon to a brother of Lady Steele's father. See Letter CCXXII. &c.

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house since I parted with you. Pray take care of yourself. I love you to distraction ; for I cannot be angry at any thing you do, let it be ever so odd and unexpected, to the tenderest of husbands.

Rich. STEELE. We had not, when you left us, an inch of candle, a pound of coal, or a bit of meat, in the house ; but we do not want now.

LETTER CCXX. To Lady STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Nov. 20, 1716. AM here under the double severity of your

absence and Molly's sickness; but I hope you are well, as the child is, in her condition. She has the small-pox with very favourable symptoms, and is very well attended by Evans and her husband, Sarah, and Nurse Jervase. I am, with the utmost affection, your obedient husband, and most humble servant,

Rich. STEELE. I hope to begin my journey* the day after Willmot's return.

I opened this after sealed, to let you know Willmot is come.

* To Scotland, whither he was going as a Commissioner of the Forfeited Estates.

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LETTER CCXXI.

To Lady STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Nov. 26, 1716.
HOPE this will find you safe at Carmar-

then, and that you find all things easy there. There is nothing extraordinary has occurred here. Your daughter Betty was very well yesterday : I made her be brought out as I rode by.

I have been much on horseback to prepare for my journey, for which I expect orders on Monday next out of Scotland. This is the ninth day with my dear Molly in the small-pox; she has many in the body, few in the face : they are, they say, very kindly. Nurse Jervase, with her duty, recommends herself to you for her extraordinary care and diligence about your

child. Mrs. Evans and her husband deserve very well of us. I am, with the tenderest love, your most obedient husband, and most humble servant,

Rich. STEELE. My most humble service to the widow, and all the family.

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LETTER CCXXII. To Lady STEELE.
DEAR PRUE,

Nov. 27, 17 16.
WRIT to my cousin Alexander this post,

and defired him to excuse my not writing to you; but, on second thoughts, fearing you

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might be displeased, I send this, though it has only to say that I am, with entire love and duty, your most obedient husband, and humble fer, vant,

Rich. STEELE.

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LETTER CCXXIII. To Lady STEELL. DEAR PRUF,

Nov. 29, 1716. AM extremely obliged to you for your let

ter on the reverse of my cousin's. Your indisposition is a very great grief to me. I defire you to use brandy to bathe your head, till

you hear Dr. Garth's advice by next post. Berty is very well, and Molly up, and has this day taken physic, which shall be continued as much as proper, and at proper distances. I have a great packet to answer from Scotland, of which you shall have a further account in my next. devotedly yours,

Rich. STEELE,

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LETTER CCXXIV. To Lady Steele, at Car

marthen, South Wales. Frank, Richard Steele.

DEAR PRUE,

Dec. 6, 1716. THIS is only to say we are all well. A

mong other little matters, I wait an answer from you before I set out for Scotland. I' am, dear Prue, faithfully thine, Rich. STEELE.

Garth advises your washing your head with water and salt,

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