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never be a moment careless more. Your faithful husband,

R. STEELE. Send me word you have received this.

LETTER XLVI. To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE, Eleven at Night, Jan. 5, 1708. WAS going home two hours ago, but was

met by Mr. Griffith, who has kept me ever fince meeting me as he came from Mr. Lambert's. I will come within a pint of wine.

Rich. STEELE. We drink your health, and Mr. Griffith is

your servant.

LETTER XLVII. TO Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR WIFE,

Jan. 14, 1708. TR. Edgecomb, Ned Ath, and Mr. Lum

ley, have desired me to fit an hour with them at the George in Pall-Mall, for which I defire

your patience till twelve o'clock, and that you will go to-bed. I am ever thine,

RICH. STEELE.

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LETTER XLVIII. To Mrs. STEELE.

DEAR PRUE, Gray's-Inn, Feb. 3, 1708. F the man who has my shoemaker's bill calls,

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as I come home. I stay here in order to get Tonson * to discount a bill for me, and shall dine with him for that end. He is expected at home every minute. Your most humble, obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XLIX. To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR Wife,

Feb. II, 1708. AVING your absolute commands to make

an end to-day, I tay to dine with Mr. Tryon in order thereunto. I will be at home early, and desire you would make much of yourself, which is the greatest favour you can do your affectionate husband, and dutiful servant,

Rich. STEELE.

* The bookseller, who then lived in Gray's-Inn. + This refers to the business of the plantation in Barbados.

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LETTER L. To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR, DEAR PRUE,

Apr. 9, 1708. HAVE sent Dawson thirty pounds, and will

rot rest till I have enough to discharge her, In the mean time I thought fit to let you know this, that you may see I cannot forbear making you acquainted with any thing that concerns us, without your asking. Yours ever,

Rich. STEELE,

LETTER LI.

To Mrs. STEELE *,

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DEAR WIFE,

Tennis-Court Coffee-house, May 5, 1708, HOPE I have done this day what will be

pleasing to you; in the mean time shall lie this night at a barber's, one leg, over againft the Devil tavern at Charing-cross, I shall be able to confrunt the fools who wish me uneasy, and shall have the fa:isfaction to see thee chear, ful and at ease.

If the printer's boy be at home, send him hither; and let Mrs. Todd send by the boy my night-gown, slippers, and clean-linen. You shall hear from me early in the morning.

* Directed "To Mrs. Steele, at her house, the last house « aut two on the left hand, Berry.ftreet, St. James's.”

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LETTER LII.

To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

May 10, 1708. DINE at the Gentleman-usher’s table at St.

James's. I have done a great deal of bufr. ness this morning. Pray send Richard to me as foon as he has dined. Yours ever,

RICH. STEELE.

LETTER LIII.

To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

May 19, 1708, Lord Sunderland's Office, Eleven o'Clock. DESIRE of you to get the coach and

yourself ready as soon as you can conveniently, and call for me here, from whence we will go and spend some time together in the fresh aįr in free conference. Let my best periwig be put

in the coach-box, and my new shoes, for it is a comfort to be well-drefled in agreeable company. You are vital life to your obliged, affectionate husband, and humble servant,

Rich. STEELE.

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LETTER LIV. TO Mrs. STEELE.

MY DEAR PRUE,

May 24, 1708. St. James's, Gentleman-usher's Table. CANNOT dine at home, but am in hafte to

I peak with one about ou findet vot moment.

Dear Prue, be chearful, for I am in pursuit of what will be good news to you. I am, your most affectionate, obliged husband,

Rich. STEELE. Think of going with me in the afternoon.

LETTER LV.

To Mrs. STEELL.

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DEAR PRUE,

Lord Sunderland's Office, May 24, 1708. BEG the favour of you to put my night

gown, slippers, a clean shirt, and cravat, into the coach-box, and make my apology to my mother for staying out to-night. We shall be back to morrow evening. To-morrow shall be spent in free conference between you and me at Mrs. Bradshaw's. Give strict orders to Mrs. Watts about her care and attendance on my mother. I am taking pains in removing into my new office. I am, your most obedient husband,

Rich. STEELE.

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