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handle to the fame of my being a Tory ; but you may, perhaps, by this time, have heard that 1.am turned Presbyterian; for the same day, in a meeting of a hundred parliament men, I labour. ed as much for the Protestant Diflenters.-Now for the news. Mr. Walpole, Mr. Methuen, and Mr. Pulteney, have resigned their offices. Mr. Stanhope is to go into the Treasury. Mr. Addison and Lord Sunderland are to be Secretaries of State. Lord Townshend is removed from Lord-lieutenant of Ireland; he is to be succeeded by the Duke of Bolton: and the Duke of Newcastle to be Lord-chamberlain. We have got no money. I recover very fast of my gouty lameness; and, now I am in a better way, I own to you I have had a sad time, scarce ever well of the gout since we parted. The children and all your family are well. God

Rich. STEELE. As soon as I have money, I will have Pall-Mall searched for a house.

bless you.

LETTER CCLXI. To Lady Steele.

DEAR PRUE, St. James's, April 13, 1717.

E are here all well. They tell me I shall

be something in the new changes; but what I know not, nor do I care, as it

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me with more comfort and pleasure your most obedient servant, and loving husband,

Rich. Steele,

LETTER CCLXII. To Lady STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

April 16, 1717.
DINED this day with Mr. Secretary Addi-

son, who received the seals of office last night.

The employment of Commissioner, by the act which constitutes the commission, forbids my having any other office. But I am not out of humour, &c. I am your most affectionate, obe. dient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER CCLXIII. To Lady STEELE.

DEAR PRUE,

[undated.] HAD a letter from Mr. Scurlock, coolly

saying, you ordered him to let me know you were indisposed, and could not write.

I expect more fondness, and that you say, at least, some kind thing to me under your own hand every post. The Lords of the Treasury, when they went out of their post, ordered halfa-year's salary to our commiffion; and when that comes out of the managers hands, from

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the estates forfeited, we shall be paid ; and that,
I believe, will be about a fortnight hence. In
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bring myself to that ceconomy.
You have the kindest of husbands,

Rich. STEELE.
I am very lame, but in good health otherwise.

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LETTER CCLXIV. To Lady STEELE.
DEAR PRUE,

April 19, 1717.
"OUR family and children are in good

health. We have half-a-year's salary ordered to our commission, which will be paid as foon as our country receivers can remit it out of Lancashire; which is all that at present oce curs to, Madam, your most obsequious, faithful husband,

Rich. STEELE,

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LETTER CCLXV. To Lady Steele.
MY DEAR PRUE,

April 22, 17170
HAVE yours, which is full of good sense,

and shews in you a true greatness of mind. But at the same time that, according to your advice, I fhun all engagements which may ensnare my integrity, I am to seek al occasions of profit that are consistent with it. Little Molly,

who

who is in the house with me, is a constant dun to get money; for it gives my imagination the severest wound when I consider that she, or any of my dear innocents, with nothing but their mere innocence to plead for them, should be exposed to that world; which would not so much as repair the losses and sufferings of their poor father, after all his zeal and supererogatory fervice. You say well, “ it will be well for them to “ have it to say their father kept his integrity ; “ but if they say, at the same inftant, he left us

competent estates, it will be so far from left“ening, that it will advance his character." But I shall not spend much time to convince you that it is a good thing to get money, but solemnly promise you I will no more omit any fair opportunity of doing it.

You writ to me some time ago to order you a news-paper; I have done so, and the letter from the Secretary's office also will come every post

to you.

The scene of business will be very warm at the next session; but my lesson is so short (that of following my conscience), that I shall go through the storm without losing a wink of sleep. I have told you, in a former letter, that ever since you went I have been almost as great a cripple as your dear mother was; and indeed I recover mighty flowly. I take your advice of temperance, and am, with my whole heart, yours for ever,

Rich, STEELE.

Mr. Gillmore's affair is quite finished with great success, insomuch that Sir Isaac Newton is desirous the machine may stand at his house, and be carried from thence to the parliament. Benson, Gillmore, and I, meet to-morrow, to concert all matters relating to it against the House of Commons meet again, which is on the 6th of May.

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LETTER CCLXVI. To Lady STEELE.
DEAR PRUE,

[undated.] HAVE yours, with your advice against

temptation, &c. All I can aver is, that I have learned a language, and written a book, to keep me out of vanities *. All shall be done as fast as I can.

You have here inclosed what you directed I should send for Morgan Davies,

Thus far I writ on Saturday last; but went to Mrs. Clayton's uti, and, with some people there, went to Court, and was detained so as not to be able to get away to dispatch my letter to you, for which I beg your pardon. If I do not do my business just now, I must be contented to go on in the beaten dull road, and aim no more at lively strokes.

Oh, Prue, you are very unkind in writing in

STEELE atligns this, among other reasons, for the publica, tion of his little book, intituled, “ The Christian Hero."

+ Afterwards Lady Sundon, bed-chamber woman and friend of Queen Caroline. In the Life of Bishop Hoadly, prefixed to his Works, are many letters from thţ worthy Prelate to Mrs. Clayton.

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