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that to a good wife and a few dear innocents. I am, dear Prue, eternally thine, R. STEELE.

The King leaves Hanover the 4th of January, our style.

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LETTER CCXXXIII. To Lady Steele.
DEAR, DEAR PRUE,

Jan, 1, 1716-17

St. James's-street. WISH you from my soul an håppy new

year, and many, very different from what we have hitherto had. In order thereunto, I have have taken a resolution, which, by the blessing of God, I will stedfastly keep, to make my children partners with me in all my future gain, in the manner I have before described to you. That you may be convinced of this happy change, you shall be yourself the keeper of what I lay up for them by quarterly portions from this day. I am, with the tenderest affection, your faithful husband, and most humble servant, R, STEELE, Your children are all

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LETTER CCXXXIV. To Lady Steele.
DEAR PRUE,

Jan. 3, 1716-17

Thursday, St. James's-street, HAVE the pleasure to acquaint you that Gillmore's work * is just finished ; and that

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there are some little matters befides, which will forthwith highly conduce to the good of you and your little ones. The Courtiers are ini a very great hurry, which cannot be composed till the King comes *. The order for the

pay

of our commission lies before the Treasury; when that is figned, I shall leave the town, though but to go and come from Scotland. Ever yours,

Rich. STEELE. You may be sure I mean to return by way of Carmarthen.

LETTER CCXXXV. To Lady STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE, St. James's-ftreet, Jan. 4, 1716-17.

HAVE received your long letter, for which

I thank you, and will punctually observe the directions. I have answered concerning my cousin Griffith to Mr. Madocks, because you, being unacquainted with the methods of the University, would not have comprehended what I mean. You will find Jonathan provided for in a short time. Every tittle fhall be observed as you directed. I am your most obedient and affectionate husband,

Rich. STEELE. You are utterly mistaken in your suspicion of my having borrowed of my cousin; there is indeed no such thing directly or indirectly.

* Who was then at Hanover.

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LETTER CCXXXVI. To Lady STEELI.

DEAR PRUE,

Jan. 8, 1716-17. FORGIVE me that I can say no more now

than just to tell you we are well, and am, with all truth, your faithful, Dick STEELE.

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LETTER CCXXXVII. To Lady STEELE.

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Dear PRUE, St. James's-street, Jan. 10, 1716-17.

HAVE some matters of profit now on the

anvil, which I cannot be able to explain till Tuesday's post, at which time you shall have a full account; but, between that and this, little more than to tell you I am alive, and while so inviolably thine,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER CCXXXVIII. To Lady STEELE.

DEAR PRUE,

Jan. 12, 1716-17 I

HAVE yours of last post without a date,

and shall, in every particular, govern myself as you direct. You know you are next week to have particulars concerning all the present views of, Madam, your most affectionate husband, and most devoted humble servant, Rich. STEELE.

Our little people are very lively and well.

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LETTER CCXXXIX. To Lady STEELE.

DEAR PRUE,

Jan. 17, 1716-17. HAVE yours on a leaf of the widow's. If

you knew how deeply it touches me, you would not write in such a scornful and unkind style to, Madam, your most affectionate, obedi. ent husband,

Rich. STEELE,

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LETTER CCXL. TO Lady STEELE. DEAR PRUE, St. James's, Jan. 19, 1716-17.

HAVE prepared the letter for Morgan

Dayies, &c. but they are at home, and I am at court, and cannot go to my own house till too late for the post. You shall have all your commands spoken to next post. The King came hither about five o'clock. I am, dear Prue, eternally yours, Rich, STEELE.

LETTER CCXLI.' To Lady STEELĘ.

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DEAR PRUE,

[undated.] HAVE yours, and, if I have ever offend

ed you, am heartily sorry for it, and beg your pardon. As to the next circumstance, the woʻld is all alike every where; and I know ng occasion for expecting great friendship, and dis

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interest conduct; but maintain a discreet and diftant correspondence, at the same time always ready to do what good one can to relations, without thinking of what return they will make. I do, as you advise, court and converse with men able and willing to serve me. But, after this, you grow very pleasant, and talk of 8001. Please to fhew me in your next how you make out such a demand upon me, and you shall have my serious answer to it. Your words áre, “the ☆ full 8ool. you owe me." You advise mę to take care of my soul : I do not know what you can think of yours, when you have and do with-hold from me your body. I observe what you say of cousin Alexander, and shall be glad of his correspondence. I have not yet had any money as a commissioner ; but shall next week, and then will pay Betty's schooling, &c. Your most obedient, humble husband and servant,

Rich. STEELE. I inclose to you a letter from Morgan Davies, with my answer on the back. . had better conceal that. I send you his letter ; you may be sure he shall have no consent of mine separate froin yours, for you rule me en. tirely.

I believe you

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