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L E T T E R CCCLXXIV.
E returned your riddle by Mr. Sym.
mons last night. We have all guessed at it. The witty Mrs. Aynston * says it is a
fightingMr. Harcourt, will appear by the following article : “ Tuesday “ morning, John Trevor, esq. youngest son of the late Lord “ Trevor, was married to Miss Steele, daughter of the late Sir “ Richard Steele, knt. a young lady of fine accomplishments, " and very considerable fortune.” The Universal Spectator, June 3, 1732.-The degree of consanguinity between Mr. Tree vor and the Marlborough family will appear by the following extract from the same paper : “ On Tuesday the Right Hon. “ the Earl of Sunderland was married to Miss Trevor, the only “ daughter of the Right Hon. the Lord Trevor, an agreeable young lady of 20,000l. fortune.
The ceremony was per“ formed at the Lord Trevor's seat at East Barnet.” Ibid. May 27, 1732.—The duel was between Mr. Philips and Mr. Har. court; but I find no particulars of it in print.--" Two fools,” Lady Trevor has been often heard to say, “ fought a battle for
me at Lansdown; for which reason I would marry neither of “ them." By the way, a mistake may here be corrected in Collins's Peerage, where Mr. Trevor's marriage is said to have been “ May 31, 1731 ;" instead of “ May 30, 1732."
* Steele's natural-daughter, by a relation of Tonson the book. seller. She was a great favourite with her father; and, by every representation we have heard, very deservedly so. Steele had bestowed on her a most accomplished education, and had once thought of giving her in marriage to Richard Savage, the illegitimate, unfortunate, imprudent, and vicious fon of Lord Rivers, with a fortune of a thousand pounds. But the ingratitude and ill-conduct of this profligate man, alienated the affection of his zealous and disinterested benefactor; and, it may be, some dislike on the part of the Lady herself concurred with the untoward circumstances of her father, to frustrate effectually this generous purpose. I lhall only add here, that her name was Elizabeth,
fighting-cock; the ingenious Mrs. Beyans calls it a cock-fight; the fearned Mrs. Harris pronounces it a bee; but I, who have more sense than ei. ther of them, aln very positive that it is the gentleman-uher of the black rod. They exult mightily in their great skill; but I do not doubt but that you are of the same mind with your INFAL.
Addressed to a Young LADY* who had beçn
absent from Home. By Mrs. AYNSTON T.
ELCOME, dear Nymph, thrice welcome to
Your tender brothers joy to see you come ;
They the fame as that of her eldeft legitimate fister, which may have occasioned some 'ambiguity in the reports of their various bistories. In the following pages two flight specimens of Mrs. Aynston's poetry will be given, with a more particular account of her, communicated by her grandson.
* These lines were written to Mifs Tonson, afterwards the lady of Sir William Baker.
* See Letter CCCLXXIV.--Sir Richard, soon after his marriage with Miss Scurlock, desired, if she was not engaged, the would accompany him on a visit he intended making in the after
The carriage was ordered, and, without acquainting his wife to whom the visit was designed, they drove to a boardingIchool in the environs of London, where they alighted, and presently a young lariy made her appearance, to whom Steele fhewed the greateft fondness, insomuch that his wife asked him, “if the “ child was his ?" On' his acknowledging that the was ;'" then,” said the Lady, “I beg the may be inine too.” She was accordingly taken home, and treated as their own; but, by the order
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of the mistress of the family, she was called Miss OUSLEY. In process of time she became the companion of their eldest daughter, Miss E. Steele, who, piqued at the attention paid by her father and mother to Miss Oufley, could not help thewing it now and then in her behaviour to her companion ; which was the reason file afterward gave for marrying a Mr. Aynston, a worthy, reipectable man, who lived on a little patrimony at Amely near Hereford, and was concerned in a glove-manufactory thére. Though this marriage was with the approbation of Sir Richard, Mr. Aynston was not by any means a man whose education and fituation in life was likely to be the choice of a young woman bred up as Miss Ousley had been ; yet, in point of circumstances, much more so than if the had become the wife of Savage. Whether the reason afligned for marrying Mr. Aynston were real or imaginary, may be doubted, for Miss Steele never spoke of it without seeming to ridicule it, nor mentioned her husband without evident mark of 'diliike. To her fifter the continued every possible token of friendfhip and tenderness after Sir Richard's death; and Mrs. Aynston constantly spent a few months with her every year. During one of these visits to her in London The unfortunately died almost suddenly. But her friend's regard ended not here; Mrs. Ayníton left an only daughter, whom Lady Trevor had taken under her protection foıne time be fore the mother's death, and who continued the inseparable companion and intimate friend of her benefactress to the last moment of her Ladyship's life.
When such a youth you meet, propitious be:
to visit her in the Country. By the SAME.
NJOY, dear Nymph, thy sweet retreat,
Nor think of one forlorn,
She's not for pleasure born.
'Twill add to your delight, I'll with the tedious hours away,
And long for Wednesday night;
Gladly to meet my dear,
And tell her all my care.
Till Amely + I find;
And bear me still in mind.
* Mrs. Aynston's daughter, afterwards Mrs. Thomas. See P. 263.
+ Near Hereford, Mrs. Aynfton's place of residence.
CCCLXXVII. To the QUEEN's Moft Excellent Majesty*, The Humble Petition of CHARLES GILDON, SHEWETH,
[1707.] HAT your Petitioner has, by an unhappy mistake, and not by any malicious design
against * This petition, in behalf of a brother Author under prosecution for a libel, is in Steele's hand-writing. The pamphlet alluded to has neyer fallen within our notice; but the date may be pretty nearly ascertained by a reference to the Journals of the House of Commons, for March 1705-6, vol. XV. p. 189; and the circumstances of the “ high offence” are thus illustrated by Macpherson: “ Though the remaining part of the session was “ distinguished with no business of importance, the animofities bee tween the two parties filled every debate with altercation and “ noise. The people without doors were nor disinterested specta
tors of the transactions within. They were roused with libels ' and pamphlets, which zealots, on both sides, poured daily from " the press; and they suffered themselves, as usual, to be deceived " by the designing, or inflamed by the violent and weak. Among “ the publications concerning the proposed invitation of the pre“ sumptive heir of the crown to England, one commanded the at“ tention and incurred the censure of parliament. Sir Rowland
Gwynn, a busy, selfilh, forward, and intriguing man ; violent « in his principles, suspicious through weakness, deceiving others, " and, perhaps, deceived himself, by feeing objects through the “ muddy medium of a clouded understanding, had repaired to the
of Hanover to gain the favour of the electoral family, by “ alarming their fears concerning the succession of the Britich « crowns.' Upon the subject of the invitation to the Princess So“ phia, Gwynn wrote a letter to the Earl of Stamford, which "s found its way to the press. This ill-worded, unmeaning, and 6 confused performance, though it seemed to approve of the prin“ciples of the Whigs, severely censured that party for refusing