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LETTER CXXXIV. To Mrs. STEELE, laft
Door but Two, Left-hand, Berry-street.
DEAR PRUE, King's-head, Pall-mall, O&t. 4, 1709.
HAVE done every thing effectually which
I went about. Mr. Hopkins is coming to me hither, where we shall stay till a little after Yours faithfully,
LETTER CXXXV. To Mrs. STEELE.
Nov. 20, 1709.
HAVE been in great pain of body and
mind since I came out. You are extremely cruel to a generous nature, which has a tenderness for you that renders your least dispumour insupportably afflicting. After short starts of passion, not to be inclined to reconciliation, is what is against all rules of Christianity and juftice. When I come home, I beg to be kindly received, or this will have as ill an effect upon my fortune, as on my mind and body.
LETTER CXXXVI. To Mrs. STEELE, at Mrs. Binns's Lodgings in Silver-street, near Golden-square.
Feb. 15, 1709-10. BELIEVE I am the first that ever rejoiced
at the flight of one he loved. After I was done writing *, I went up to visit my fick wife, and found the was herself gone a visiting. I wish you had given me the pleasure of knowing you were so well, it would have given what I was writing * a more lively turn. I am, your affectionate, tender, observant, and indulgent husband,
To Mrs. STEELE.
April 7, 1710. INCLOSE to you a receipt for the fauce
pan and spoon, and a note of 231. of Lewis's, which will make up the 501. I promised for your ensuing occafion t.
I know no happiness in this life in any degree comparable to the pleasure I have in your per. son and society; I only beg of you to add to your other charms, a fearfulness to see a man that loves you in pain and uneasiness, to make
* This was the TATLER, N° 134.
me as happy as it is poffible to be in this life. Rising a little in a morning, and being disposed to a chearfulness *
would not be amiss. I am your most affectionate husband, and obedient servant,
Rich. STEELE. There are papers in the parlour window, dated from Hamburgh and other places, which I want it.
LETTER CXXXVIII. To Mrs. STEELE,
May 3, 1716. SHALL stay at Tonson's till towards four
o'clock; for; having made up this day my account with Nurt *, I am doing the same here, being resolved to understand my affairs, and communicate them to you for your eale and convenience from this hour forward. Yours eternally,
LETTER CXXXIX. To Mrs. STEELE.
July 3, 1710. SHALL not dine with you; but will be
with you before five, in order to take the air with you. Yours ever, Rich, STEELE.
* A few words are here cut out.
To Mrs. STEELE.
DEAR WIFE, Half-hour after Eight, July 29,1710. I
STAY in town to-night very much against
my inclination, having business of consequence with Mr. Montague*, who goes out of town to-morrow in order to take a voyage. I am yours entirely,
LETTER CXLI. To Mrs. STEELE, at Mrs.
Bradshaw's, at Sandy-end.
Aug. 8, 1710 Cockpit, Secretary's-office, Eight o'Clock. HEN I was going out of town, I heard
my Lord-treasurer i had this day refigned his staff, and was to [be fucceeded] by my Lord Halifax. The resignation I find confirmed here, but others are said to succeed him. I stay in town to-night to see a friend, who will be able to give me proper lights into the present affairs. Good night, dear Prue, and sleep pleased, for all will do well; for God will bless Your faithful, affectionate husband,
* See Letter CXXIII.
+ Lord Godolphin. The office was put into commission Aug. 10, and Earl Powlet at the head.
LETTER CXLII. To Mrs. STEELE, at Mrs.
Bradshaw's House at Sandy-end, over against the
DEAR PRUE, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1710,
Berry-street, Half-hour after Six. HOU art such a foolish tender thing, that
there is no living with thee. I have broke my rest last night, because I knew you would be such a fool as not to sleep. Pray come home by this morning's coach, if you are impatient : but, if you are not here before noon, I will come down to you in the evening; but I must make visits this morning, to hear what is doing. Yours ever, Rich. STEELE.
LETTER CXLIII. To Mrs. STEELE.
Cockpit, Aug. 9, 1910. CANNOT possibly come, expecting orders
here, which I must overlook, and having not half done my other business at the Savoy*.
Dear creature, come in the morning coach; and, if I can, I will return with you in the evening. Pray wrap yourself very warm. Yours ever,