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CCCLXXIX.

A PRAYER*, written by STEELE,

soon after his Marriage to his Second Wife.

H, Almighty Lord God, who haft been

pleased, out of thy righteous mercy and careful providence, to place us two in the state of marriage, according to thy own institution and guidance of the first mortals; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may live in that state with mutual love, and endeavour to accommodate ourselves to each other's just desires and satisfactions; that we may be a mutual help in all the viciffitudes of life through which Thou haft defigned us to pass, in such manner as we may contribute to each other's virtue in this world, and salvation in that which is to come. Pro. tect us, oh Lord most mighty ; bless us, oh merciful Father; and redeem us, oh holy Saviour. Guard our paths from error, and keep our eyes from introducing wandering desires; but grant such peace and tranquillity of mind, and such a steady course of virtue and piety, that we may be at thy altar never-failing communicants; and, by a worthy receipt of the elements representing thy meritorious passion, we may through that be partakers of eternal

* This instance of our Author's piety is offered to the reader without one word by way

of comment,

life; which permit us to beseech of Thee in the words which thou hast taught us :

“ Our Father, which art in Heaven: hal. “ lowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. “ Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. “ Give us this day our daily bread. And for

give us our trespasses, as we forgive then that “ trespass against us. And lead us not into “ temptation; but deliver us from evil : for “ thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the

glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

CCCLXXX. Mrs. STEELE to her Husband.

A , ,

H, that I

Your love, like mine, would still endure;
That time, nor absence, which destroys
The cares of lovers, and their joys,
May never rob me of that part
Which you have given of your heart :
Others unenvy'd may possess
Whatever they think happiness.
Grant this, o God, my great request;
In his dear arms may I for ever reft!

LETTER

LETTER CCCLXXXI. (A Fragment *.)

Mrs. Prichard just now tells me, we have crowned Charles King of Spain at Madrid, and all Spain submits to him. She gives her service to you. Give mine to all friends. I shall be glad to hear what part Mrs. Oakley has in what niy aunt Oakley has left her brother who is dead.

Moll Pugh gives you her service. She knows not how she has disobliged, that you do so Madam her. She is very busy with the still, and many other matters.

For the teeth, take half-a-pint of claret, a pennyworth of myrrh, and mastick in powder, one top of rosemary, half a nutmeg cut. Boil them all together; then put in a small bit of alum.

L E T T E R

CCCLXXXII t.

Mr. Steele to Lord

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MY LORD, HAVE for some time, according to the duty of my station 4, taken very particular

notice

* This small fragment, in the hand-writing of Mrs. Steele, is undated; but was probably written in October 1710.

+ This letter is without date; nor does it appear certainly to what Lord it was addressed, though most probably it was written to Lord Halifax, | The station Steele speaks of was what he elsewhere calls

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notice of what reception the Gazettes and other papers have among the readers of those weekly histories, in order to raise the value of the paper written by authority, and leffen the esteem of the rest among the generality of the people; which I am almost confident to ef. fect, if I may presume upon the following afsistances * :

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L E T T E R CCCLXXXIII.

Mr. STEELE to Mrs. MANIĘY t. MADAM,

[Sept. 6, 1709.] HAVE received a letter from you, wherein you tax me, as if I were Bickerstaff,

with that of “ the lowest Minister of State, the office of Gazetteer; “ where he worked faithfully according to order, without ever “ erring against the rule observed by all Ministries, to keep that

paper very innocent and very insipid. It is believed,” he adds, “ it was to the reproaches he heard every Gazetfe-day o against the writer of it, that he owed the fortitude of being

remarkably negligent of what people say, which he does not “ deferve.” Apology, p. 297.

* Here the letter breaks off abruptly.

+ This letter, which is printed here from STEELE's autograph, has no date; but in the imperfect copy of it published by Mrs. Manley, in her “ Memoirs of Europe towards the “ Close of the Eighth Century,” dedicated to Is AAC BICKERSTAFF, esq. it is dated Sept. 6, 1709. Mrs. Manley affirms that the transcribed the letter verbatim; but it appears, from comparing her transcript with the original, that she thought proper to omit the two paragraphs relative to what had happened between STEELE and her, and his refusal of a certain sum of

money

with falling upon you as author of “ Atalantis," and the person who honoured me with a character in that celebrated piece. What has hap. pened formerly between us can be of no use to either to repeat. I solemly, assure you, you wrong me in this, as much as you know you do in all else you have been pleased to say of me. I had not money when you did me the favour to ask a loan of a trifling sum of me. I had the greatest sense imaginable of the kind notice you gave me when I was going on to my ruin *; and am so far from retaining an inclination to reyenge the inhumanity with which you have treated me, that I give myself a satisfaction in that you have canceled with injuries a friend. ship t, which I should never have been able to

money which the had asked in loan; and also to change the emphatical word “kindnesses” to “ services." A note on the New TATLER, N° 65, to which the curious reader is referred, throws much light on this letter. See New Tatler, vol. II. No 63, p. 321. It is at present sufficient to mention, that her friend Dr. Swift was the real author of the two most mighty TATLERS to which Mrs. Manley refers in her furious dedication of the book abovementioned. STEELE disavowed them with great truth, and with admirable magnanimity concealed the real writer to the last, though beyond measure provoked to the discovery of these and some other obnoxious papers, productions of the same pen.

* A good turn is given to this circumstance by Mrs. Manley, in vol. 11. p. 458.

+ It is but justice to add, that STEELE was afterwards reconciled to Mrs. MANLEY, who made him a handsome apology in 1717, in a letter which may be seen in the second you lume, p. 455

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