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post going on Saturday, and Mr. Clay having leisure but this day, I am forced to prepare my letters for his perusal before night. I am in haste, as you see by this scribble. I am your faithful, and most affectionate husband,
Rich. STEELE, I shall observe what you desire about James, and every thing else.
LETTER XCII. To Mrs. STEELE.
O&t. 14, 1708,
Berry-street, Seven at Night. WRIT to you before, this day, by the coach,
and send this to tell you that Mr. Clay has been here since that, and I find I must stay in town this whole week to attend my business, or leave some things undone, which it is as bad to do as to neglect the whole. You may be sure, if I find I may be fix or seven hours employed where I please, it shall be at Hampton-court. Pray keep yourself warm, be chearful, and be. lieve me, dear creature, sincerely thine,
O&t. 16, 1708.
court this evening, but that I am to be with my mother about a mortgage to be made for paying off the bonds which stand out, that we may be easy on all hands. We must write this night to Mr. Thomas, for the title, &c.
The Queen comes next week to Hamptoncourt, and stays a fortnight. I am, with my whole heart, your faithful husband,
LETTER XCIV. To Mrs. STEELE.
O&. 20, 1708.
my mother, which I do not design to deliver. You accuse me of unkindness for I cannot ima. gine what. If you want for any thing, it is that you will not supply yourself with it, for I very regularly send you wherewithal.
My Lord Chamberlain is expected this night in town, from whom I hope for an order for a very handsome
apartment in Whitehall. As soon as I receive it, I will immediately remove into it, where I hope you will be pleased. I am sure it
is the utmost of my ambition to make you so. I am, your faithful and affectionate husband,
Rich. STEELE. My mother has altered her mind about the mortgage.
I think to come down to-morrow night, to give you an account of every thing; in the mean time, fend by your countryman two guineas.
LETTER XCV. To Mrs. Steele.
O&t. 25, 1708. F you do not hear of me before three to
morrow afternoon, believe I am too fuddled to take care to observe your orders; but, however, know me to be your most faithful, affectionate husband and servant, Rich. STEELE.
LETTER XCVI. To Mrs. STEELE.
DEAR PRUE, Seven in the Morning, Oct. 26, 1708. I
DESIRE you would put yourself in a readi
ness to come away on Thursday, on which day the coach shall come, and, if I can, attended by me. Mr. Harrison, a gentleman-usher of the privy-chamber, is dead; the employment is 200 l. a year falary, and 100l. perquisites : it is a place for life, and I am putting in for it this
morning with all the force I have. I shall send down inclosed money by to-morrow morning's poft, directed to Watts. You cannot imagine the difficulties I am put to, but I can go through any thing provided I have the happiness of being esteemed by you as your affectionate husband, and humble servant, Rich. STEELE.
I am very sick with too much wine last night.
LETTER XCVII. ToMrs. STEELE.
O&t. 28, 1708. Kenfington, Three, Afternoon.
attend the prince my master *, by whose dead body I sit while I am writing this. He departed this life half-an-hour after one. ordered to wait here, and believe I shall not be relieved till to-morrow morning. As soon as I can get to town, I will dispatch the coach for you. I am, my dear wife, your obliged husband, and humble servant, Rich. STEELE.
* His Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark, her British Majesty's confort, died at the time here mentioned, at Kensington, of an asthma. He was born at Copenhagen in April 1653, married the Princess Anne in July 1683, and was an illutrious instance of conjugal affection among the great. On the rath of November his corpse: was brought from Kensington to Westminster, and, hasing lain in late in the Painted Chamber till the 13th of that month, was privately interred in Weiminster-Abbey.
To Mrs. STEELE.
DEAR WIFE, Kensington, OX. 29, 1708.
which is four guineas. I writ you word by the penny-poft last night, that I was detained here to fit up with the Prince's body *, and must do so every third night till he is interred. I am still kept bare of money by the men I have to deal with ; but, as soon as I can get to town, I will send away the coach for you. Please to come to Mrs. Hardresse's house in the square at Kenfington, where it will be convenient for you to be, till all things are ready for our greater ease in town. More I cannot say till we meet, I am, with the fincerest affection, your obliged husband, and humble servant, Rich. STEELE.
Send the bearer back with an account how you do. My service to Mrs. Binns.
To Mrs. STEELE.
DEAR PRUE, Almoft Nine at Night, O&t. 29,1708.
BEG the favour of you to take care to
wrap yourself up very warm for your journey to-morrow. The coachman has his orders;
* See p. 64.-After the death of the Prince, the Queen bee Itowed annuities on all his attendants. Of this bounty STEELE'S portion was 100l. a year.