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LETTER LXXX.

To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Sept. 28, 1708, Secretary's Office, between Six and Seven at Night.

THOUGHT it better to inclole this thus,

than to direct to fmal a fun to you. I have but half as much left in my pocket, but shall be much richer on Thursday morning.

My dear wife, it is not to be imagined by you the tender akings my heart is frequently touched with when I think of vou

Mr. Clay has shown himselt a man of address in settling my affairs, in spite of the tricks and artifices of those I have to deal with.

I recommend thee, my heart's desire, to the good God who made thee that amiable creature thou art, to keep thee safe and happy. My service to your companion Binns. I am, your devoted, affectionate husband, and humble servant,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER LXXXII. To Mrs. STEELE.

DEAR PRUE, Half-hour after Ten, Sepc. 28, 1708. T being three hours since I writ to you, I

send this to assure you I am now going very soberly to-bed, and that you shall be the last thing in my thoughts to-night, as well as the first to

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morrow morning: I am, with the utmost fondness, your faithful husband, Rich. STEELE.

LETTER ĻXXXII. To Mrs. STEELE.

DEAR PRUE,

O&t. 2, 1708. St. James's Coffee-house, Eight in the Morning. R. GERVASE * going this morning to

Hampton-court, I defire him to throw this over our wall. I have much difficulty to accomplish every thing necessary to be done here, which makes ine fear I cannot come till Tuesday noon. if it pleases God that I can be so happy as to live chearfully with thee, and in thy favour, it is the utmost of good can arrive to, dear Prue, eternally thine, Rich. STEELE.

LETTER LXXXIV.

To Mrs. STEELE.

DEAR WIFE,

Oct 5, 1708,

Berry-street, Seven at Night. SEND this to beg pardon for not coming

to-night, but I have some good glimpse in my affairs ; and, if I do not fail to-morrow, we shall be out of difficulties hereafter.

( come into waiting on the Prince v to-morrow, and

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* Mr. Jervas, probably, the famous painter. + He was gentleman-ufher to the Prince of Denmark. See p. 64.

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am, my dear Prue, yours, with the utmost kind, 'ness and duty,

Rich, STEELE, I hope to see you before twelve to-morrow.

LETTER LXXXV. To Mrs. STEELE,

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DEAR PRUE,

O&. 5, 1708, Secretary's Office, near Ten at Night. GOT to town about fix, found all things

well, and have just dispatched the proof* for to-morrow. I wish you a good night, and shall always keep myself in a capacity of taking the oaths that I amn, with the strictest fidelity and love, your enamoured husband, and humble fervant,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER LXXXVI. T. Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Oct. 7, 1708. SEND, directed to Watts, a bottle of tent.

You must not expect me to-night, but I will write by the penny-post. I am, yours faithfully,

Rich. STEELE.

1 Of the Gazette.

LETTER

LETTER LXXXVII.

To Mrs. STEELE.

DEAR PRUE,

Thursday, Oct 7, 1708.

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town till Saturday morning. I am, my dear creature, thine for ever, Rich. STEELE.

LETTER LXXXVIII. To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Q&, 8, 1708. His brings you a quarter of a pound of

bohea, and as much of green tea, both which I hope you will find good. To-morrow morning your favourite, Mr. Additon, and I, shall set out for Hampton court; he to meet some great men there; I to see you, who am but what you make me. Yours, with the utmost fondness,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER LXXX X. To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE,

Oct. 8, 1708. WRITE according to order, and hope, be

fore the receipt of this, you will have had the tea which fent by the morning-coach. 1 shall be at Hampton-court, God willing, before twelve to morrow. Your faithful husband,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER

LETTER XC.

To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1708,

Hyde Park Corner, Eight in the Morning. HE bearer is one I propose to be our

footman. He is, as you see, very queer, and fit for, what I often heard you call it, a thorough servant; besides which, he speaks the Welch tongue fluently. I believe he will be a proper fellow enough, for he lived a great while with one Dr. Price, an acquaintance of mine, at Richmond. I hope he will be approved by you; if he is, the livery shall be fitted for his Thape against the time that he and I can attend the chariot to bring Mrs. Binns and you to town, which shall be done with all suitable ceremony. In the mean time, I am busy about the main chance. I have ordered him to be here again this evening, except you direct otherwise. I hope I shall see you to morrow. I am, with every dictate of my affections, and every pulse of my heart, dear Prue, sincerely yours,

Rich. STEELE.

LETTER XCI.

To Mrs. STEELE.

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DEAR PRUE, Thursday, O&. 14, 1708.

INTENDED to have certainly gone to
Hampton-court to-day; but the West-Indian

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