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what shall I say? marry them. No; never was I fo daring, fo bold in thought, till the year 1729-30, and the 24th year of my age, when I was so fortunate, or unfortunate, as you decree, to behold the refiftless charms of the most engaging. But of this enough. I wish I could guess at what was the niost prevailing passion in your breaft. Give me leave then to consider you as a woman with a share and proportion of pride, but so much as is barely ornamental, Here vanity will naturally take place, and incline you to the love of wealth, honour, &c. You will then imagine that this comes from a blue, green, or red ribband, which is from neither. But every thing that is good and great, every joy and bliss, will be compleat in him, when you are in his arms. If settlements are to take place, what I can offer will, I hope, be not unequal to your fortune, though inferior to your deserts. I wish Heaven had made me master of evety thing you desire, that every inclination of yours might be satisfied. If you are disposed to think seriously on this point, there must be a provision for the younger children, which Providence will not fail, under honest industry, to bless us with. This is the first proposal I have ever made, and I may be unacquainted with the forın; in which if I have erred, I hope you can have goodness enough in your heart to forgive your lover. But I must here take the additi.
onal name of friend, and earnestly exhort you, as it concerns the duty of your religion, yourself, and all that is dear and near to you, never to marry a man that you cannot unite with even in soul. Here is the harmony, the bliss of a married state; which I most fincerely wish you happy in, though it ends in my own ruin. But this you are not to hope for, if you would violate a true paffion with the confideration of riches, titles, or such glittering toys. The de. crees of Heaven are against you, and cry aloud, Revenge! What remains for me is, to assure you, that, without vanity, I love myself exceed ing well, and can heartily love you if do fo too. Begin then to dispose yourself that way; consult Heaven, and ask whether your gratitude is not concerned. Arguments may be more prevailing from your generous temper, if
you will use them, than any I can offer; and I believe you generous in every thing, but towards me. No news sticks to me, but of the sufferings of mankind. There is an unhappy gentleman, whom I dare not describe left
you fhould discover him, who is seemingly very restless in mind and temper, seeks amusement and diversion every evening in the several theatres of the Hay-market, and Drury-lane, &c. But the most harmonious elegance of the first seems an ungrateful discord; and even the wit and humour, with which your father has so happily furnished the latter, cannot divert his thoughts
in the absence of his daughter. Who can be barbarous enough to laugh at misfortunes when they themselves have occafioned them. My paffion is too fingular to need a name, or to be imputed to any other than the flighted and unhappy
POLYDOR E *
. Mr. Meyricke to Mrs. LLOYD. Dear Cousin LLOYD, Pontvane, Nov. 25, 1730. SN
INCE I have been driven out of Paradise, I
have long wandered up and down forlorns and desolate : at length have reached Pontvane, where my spirits are animated with a large glass of generous wine to your more generous health, and I am just supported by the delightful cordial of a healing and honest friendfhip. Having great confidence in John Trelogan, I have taken leave to fend you fix dozen of wine, carriage paid : it is the blushings of Milford, and, I hope, very good ; but excuse me if I recommend it to be kept warm in ftraw, for it must not be chilled, or it will lose its true flavour and fpirit. It favours so much of my own temper, that I would have it encouraged by a due proportion of warmth; and, in fimilitude, I am
* Mr. Trevor was at this time one of his Majesty's juftices of the grand sessions for the counties of Carmarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan; and was appotnted one of the King's counsel, May 15, 1730. By his interest Mr. Scurlock, an attorney, waa made prothonotary of the abovementioned counties in January 1729. 30.
bold to say, it will prove very good upon trial.
dear Madam, your most truly obliged, affectionate coufin, and most obedient humble servant,
Essex MCK MEYRICKE. Every happiness attend your little family. My service waits on dear, dear Mrs. Bevan. If there was another pen to be had, I would endeavour to send you a fairer impression of my mind, always bad, but never, never worse than this, which you have goodness enough to excuse. You may, in some measure, read the disorder of my mind in the hurry of
LETTER CCCLXXIII. To E. S*.
A Believe the heart you "ve won, fincere ;
LETTER * Elizabeth Steele.
+ " James Philips, of Penty-park, esq. in the county of Pem« broke, to whom Mrs. E. Steele, daughter to the late Sir R. “ Steele, for whom a duel was lately fought at the Bach," is faid to have been married at that place, May 26, 1731, (6 Gent. “ Mag.” vol. I. p. 222 ; and in the “ Political State” for that year. In the latter of these works she is said to have had a so fortune of 10,000l.” That this intelligence was of the fame complection with that mentioned in p. 248, of her marrying