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your patience ; so shall only beg that my most fincere humble service may be acceptable to the young lady, and that you would believe that I am, with the utmost respect, Sir, your most obliged and obedient humble servant,
LETTER CCCL X. Sir RICHARD STEELE to
Mr. MORGAN *.
Dec. 20, 1724
ftant, about the same matter to which I thought I had fully answered before. Speaking of “back-friends” is unnecessary, for indeed nobody can have any power with me but what should be necessary for affairs of that kind concerning which I am talking therefore nobody could possibly lay any exceptions concerning you, or your family. But there was no dispute raised about that matter in the leaft; the young woman did not enter into any enquiry concerning your circunstances, neither does the yet. Therefore I earnestly defire you will lay afide all thoughts of this kind; for the child is young and discreet, and utterly declares against admit
* From a paper in the hand-writing of Lady Trevor, intituled, s* An exact copy of an answer my father wrote to a letter of “Mr. Morgan's, December the 20th, 1724."
ting your courtship, which I desire you would please to forbear, and you will very much oblige, Sir, your most obedient, humble servant,
LETTER CCCLX. To Mrs. MOLLY STEELE. DEAR MOLLY,
Feb. 6, 1724-25. Y Cousin Scurlock sends me word, you
are mighty uneasy for coming hither. My dear child, you stayed at your own request, and I am heartily glad that you think of coming to me, where you shall enjoy all the happiness that you can.
I ain glad also to hear my Coufin thinks of coming with you when the coach comes to Hereford * in better time. She shall
* “In 1725," says Mr. Victor, “ Sir Richard Steele le't 5. London. He retired to the city of Hereford, and was lodged « and boarded there at the house of a mercer, who was his
agent, and receiver of the rents of an encumbered estate of six “ hundred pounds a year, which Sir Richard obtained by his “ late wife :-at his death it devolved to his two daughters, who 56 were both well married. I was told he retained his chearful “ sweetness of temper to the last; and would often be carried out “ in a summer's evening, where the country lads and lasses were “ assembled at their rural sports,-and, with his pencil, gave an “ order on his agent, the mercer, for a new gown to the best “ dancer. In the year 1727, when I was a levee-hunter, and “ making an interest with the first minifter, that good old man " hearing of it, inclosed me an open letter to Sir Robert Wal“ pole, that, I remember, began thus: If the recommendation of " the most obliged man can be of any service to the bearer-Sir Ro“ bert received it with his usual politeness.” See VICTOR'S “ Dramatic Pieces, Poems, and Original Letters,” vol. I. P. 330, 8vo. 1776.
have all the welcome this place will afford her, which you may tell her from your affectionate father,
MY DEAREST CHILD, March 3, 1725-26.
OU were indiscreet to send Sandy here
yeiterday night, for he is a gentleman I have some reason to know very well.
Give my most humble service to Mrs. Scurlock, and to Mrs. Bevans. There is no need of
bidding you be civil to all you see kind to ine. ; I am, dear girl, your dutiful and compassionate father,
To Mrs. MARY STEELE,
My dear, dear Molly,
July 22, 1728. WRITE to you because Mr. Duke is going to Bristol. I desire
I desire you would give my fervice to Dr. Lane; and remember, dear Molly, your ever loving and affectionate father,
* There is no direction to this letter; but at the bottom of it is written Mr. Plaxton; and it is indorsed, by Lady Trevor, “ My Father's.”
+ “ On Monday the first inftant, at about ten at night, died “ at Carmarthen, in South Wales, Sir Richard Steele, knight,
We are here in great joy because my mare has brought a foal, a male one, after eleven months time.
LETTER CCCLXIII *. Mr. MEYRICK E to Miss
racter of the honesty of John Trelogan; and, as I know how to esteem every recommendation of yours, I therefore employ him in a ease of the highest importance to myself, the carriage of a hundred weight of love, right good as any in England, at your service. Do not let your generous temper be in pain to make any return; I must ask none. Allow me leave to
“ well known by his many eminent writings. He formerly
town of Carmarthen, esq. by whom he had issue two daugh-
• We hear a stately monument will be put up in Westminster “ Abbey to the memory of Sir Richard Steele, at the expence so'of Sir Robert Walpole.” British Journal, Sept. 20, 1729:
* Of this and the ten following letters, nine are undated, and it is not easy to place them in their exact order of time.
From three of them the name of the writer is cut off. The handwriting, however, shews that this and five others are from Mr. Meyricke. Letter CCCLXVII. is in a different hand. I
send you all I have, for I am abundantly supplied, and think it no trouble; for, believe me, it is no trouble at all, Coufin. In mighty pain surely, I have convinced you, Madam, how conformable I can be to your command, fince I
have left your presence, where my only quiet · and repose dwell. It is true, I might find more
safety, but I buy it at a most extravagant purchase. You will, perhaps, draw a charge of a very ready fhew of disobedience even in my declaration of it, because you have commanded me not to love: but, not to love, is not to live; and not to love you, would be death in the worst form it can appear in. Do not, my fair unbeliever, urge ny crime in this, since I would die to be obedient to you in any thing; for it is the just resolve and constitution of my mind. If my pasfion can be recommended by its purity, by its religious and heavenly fondness, it has that, and yet much more, to say for itself, if
you would hear it. When you meet with any body that can love you better, that will more readily subject his little life and fortune to your pleasure and inclination, I must then only learn to be content from your happiness, and I must for ever own myself in the most religious rights, and greatest tenderness of my soul, dear Mrs. Steele, your most paffionately fond adınirer, and evermore devoted, Essex MCK MEYRICKE*,
* The name is cut away.