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affair, there is not that man breathing that could come into your alliance, who should, in all the offices of life, and peculiar esteem for yourself, exceed the gratitude of, Madam, your most obedient, molt humble servant, Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XXVII. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

DEAR CREATURE,

Sept. 21, 1707. OUR letter gave me a great deal of satis

faction. I haften my business, to see you early in the evening. In the mean time, I recommend myself to your prayers and kind thoughts, and am ever yours,

RICH. STEELE.

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LETTER XXVIII, To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

o&t. 6, 1707.

DEAR CREATURE, I

WRITE to tell you beforehand, that I am

not in a very good humour; but all shall vanish at her fight whom Providence has given me for the banishment of care, and the improvement of delight to your most obliged husband, and most humble servant, Rich. STEELE,

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LETTER XXIX. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

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MY DEAR,

Oct. 7, 1707 YOUSIN PEN is much in the same condi

tion we left her last night. I am going with great chearfulness and industry about my bufiness to-day, in order to pass my time hereafter, without interruption, with the most agreeable creature living, which you are to the most obliged man living. Your obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XXX.

To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

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My loved Creature,

Oat. 7, 1707. WRITE this only to bid you good-night,

and assure you of my diligence in the matter I told you of.

You may assure yourself I value you according to your merit, which is saying that you have my heart, by all the ties of beauty, virtue, goodnature, and friendship. I find, by the progress I have made to-night, that I shall do my business effectually in two days time. Write me word you are in good-humour, which will be the highest pleasure to your obliged husband,

Rich. STEELE. I shall want some linen from your house tomorrow. 7

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LETTER XXXI. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

O&. 8, 1707

MY DEAR WIFE,
TOU were not, I am sure, awake so soon

as I was for you, and desired the blessing of God upon you. After that first duty, my next is to let you know I am in health this morning, which I know you are solicitous for. I believe it would not be amiss if, some time this afternoon, you took a coach or chair, and went to fee an house next door to Lady Bulkley's, to. wards St. James's-street, which is to be let. I have a solid reason for quickening my diligence in all affairs of the world, which is, that you are my partaker in them, and will make me labour more than any incitation of ambition or wealth could do. After I have implored the help of Providence, I will have no motive to my actions -but the love of the best creature living, to whom I am an obedient husband, Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XXXII. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

O&t. 8, 1707.

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DEAR MADAM,
COULD not forbear letting you know, that

I have received letters this moment from Barbados, which will facilitate my business ; so natural is it that all things must grow better by

your

your condescending to be partner to your most obliged husband, and most humble servant,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XXXIII. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

DEAR MADAM,

Monday-morning, Oct. 13, 1707. TH

HIS comes to beg your pardon for every

ait of rebellion I have ever committed against you, and to subscribe myself in an error for being iinpatient of your kind concern in interesting yourself with so much affection in all which relates to me. I do not question but your prudence will be a lasting honour and advantage to me in all the occurrences of my life; the chief happiness in it is, that I have the honour of being, your most obliged husband, and most humble servant,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XXXIV.

To Mrs. SCURLOCK *.

Vêt. 14, 1707.

HONOURED MOTHER,
AM very sorry to find, by Mr. Scurlock's

letter, that you keep your bed, which makes me almost in despair of seeing you so soon as I promised myself.

I have taken an house in Berry-street, St.

His wife's mother,

James's,

James's, and beg your leave to remove your goods thither; where I hope we shall live all together in the strictest love and friendship. Whatever better prospects your daughter might well have given herself, from her great merit and good qualities, I shall take care to have it said, that the could not have married more advantageously with regard to her mother, who shall always find me her most obedient son, and most humble servant,

RICH. STEELE. Your daughter gives her duty to you.

LETTER XXXV.

To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

Dearest Being on Earth,

oct. 16, 1707. ARDON me if you do not see me till

eleven o'clock, having met a schoolfellow from India, by whom I am to be informed in things this night which extremely concern your obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

PAR

LETTER XXXVI. To Mrs. SCURLOCK.

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MY DEAR,

Oct. 22, 1707. RAY send word where your landlord of the

house in Swallow-street lives, that my friend Col. Borr may treat with him for the house. Your obedient husband, Rich.STEELE.

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