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Temperance and your company, as agreeable. as you can make it, will make life tolerable, if not easy, even with the gout. God give us an happy meeting. Yours faithfully, tenderly, &c.

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER CCCXX.X. To Lady STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE, Monday morn, June 23, 1718.

SEND this messenger to tell you that I

Thall not be with you till eight o'clock tomorrow morning. At that hour, God willing, I shall reach Hampton-court, and hasten (as soon as I have taken up you and the rest of my dear cargo) to London, where it is necessary 1 should be in the forenoon. I am, dear Prue, your most affectionate, most obedient husband and servant,

Rich. STEELE. I was so pleased with my son from his lodging vo Hampton, that I shall, please God, take him with me to Scotland.

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LETTER CCCXXX. To Mrs. ELIZ. STEELE *.
My dear Child, Miss Betty,
NE matter of moment or other has de-

tained me all this day; nor can I see you to night. I thank you for your purse ; and, if you and I live till this day twelvemonth, you are to ask me for it again full of gold. God bless you. Remember me to Molly. Be observant of the good guardian God has raised for you.

RICA. STEELE.

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LETTER CCCXXXI. To Mrs. ELIZ. STEELE.
DEAR BETTY,
F you have a letter from Mrs. Keck to me,

pray send it me by the bearer, sealed up. You may remember you sent me one open by him. He is a very faithful servant, but he might have been otherwise for aught you knew; not to say that it is also respect to me to have a letter from you when I send you one.

Give my most humble service to Mrs. Snow when you see her, and beg her favour to visit you. You are at your new lodgings; and al

* Afterwards Lady Trevor. See p. 210.- Lady STEELE appears to have been dead before this letter was written. On her grave-ftone in Westminster-abbey there is the following in. scription : “ Dame Mary Steele, wife of Sir Richard Steele, “ knight, daughter and sole heiress of Jonathan Scurlock, esq. " of the county of Carmarthen, died Dec. 26, 1718, aged 40 “ years ; leaving issue one fon and two daughters, Eugene, Eli“ zabeth, and Mary.”

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ways preserve the highest respect to her for being willing to receive you.

But it is impossible for me to be easy without feeing you every moment I have leisure. I am, most affectionately, your father, Rich. STEELE.

My service to Molly.
I had bufiness kept me at home all day.

LETTER CCCXXXII. To Dear BETTY STEELE.

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DEAR CHILD,

May 21, 1719 HAVE your pretty letter, and have sent to

know whether I can have any tickets* or not, or whether there will be room; but have not yet an answer. Be grateful, obedient, and refpectful to Mrs. Keck; and you will oblige your most affectionate father, Rich. STEELE.

Service to Molly.

LETTER CCCXXXIII. To Mrs. Eliz. STEELE.

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MY DEAR CHILD,

Aug. 21, 1719. HAVE your letter, and am very much pleased with the improvement of your

hand. I earnestly desire you to be careful of obeying

* This possibly might be to a splendid ball which was given to the young Princesses, in the Greenhouse at Kensington Gardens, on the King's birth-day, May 28, the day on which their houshold-establishment was first formed.

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whatever your good guardian* and kind mistresst
direct. I have been taken up with cares, which,
I hope, will make my children easy after me. I
pray
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your fifter, and am your affectionate father,

Rich. STEELE.

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LETTER CCCXXXIV. To Mrs. ELIZABETH

STEELE, at Mrs. Nazereau's at Chelsea.

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MY DEAR CHILD, Edinburgh, Sept. 17, 1720.

KEEP your letters safely tied together, in

order to observe your improvement, which I take notice of with great pleasure. Mrs. Mary's mark is no less a satisfaction to me, because it denotes that she is well, and shews her endeavours to converse with me. But I hope you will now begin to make her sign the first letters of her

Be pleased to write every other letter in English. To make this easy, I will be contented that what is written in your mother tongue one post, may be in French the next.

Be very dutiful and obedient to Mrs. Keck, and believe me to be the most affectionate of fa. thers.

Rich. STEELE Remember me to Molly.

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* Mrs. Keck."

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LETTER CCCXXXV. To Mrs. ELIZ, STEELE.

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• MY DEAR CHILD, Edinburgh, O&t. 7, 1720.

HAVE yours of the zoth of the last month;

and, from your diligence and improvement, conceive hopes of your being as excellent a person as your mother : you have great opportunities 'of becoming such a one, by observing the maxims and sentiments of her bosom friend, Mrs. Keck, who has condescended to take upon her the care of you and your sister, for which you are always to pay her the same respect as if the were your mother.

I have observed that your sister has, for the first time, written the initial or first letters of her name. Tell her I am highly delighted to see her subscription in such fair letters, and how many fine things those two letters stand for when the writes them. M. S. is milk and sugar, mirth and safety, musick and songs, meat and sauce, as well as Molly and Spot, and Mary and Steele.

You see I take pleasure in converfing with you, by prattling any thing to divert you. I hope we shall next month have an happy meet. ing, when I will entertain you with something that

may be as good for the father as the chil. dren, and consequently please us.

I am, Ma. dan, your affectionate father, and most humble servant,

Rich. STEELE.

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