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dine. He fell most furiously on the broil'd relics of a shoulder of mutton, commonly call'd a bladebone: he professed he never tasted so exquisite a thing! begged me to tell him what joint it was; wondered he had never heard the name of this joint, or seen it at other tables"; and defir'd to know how he might direct his butcher to cut out the fame for the future ? And yet this man, fo ignorant in modern butchery, has cut up half an hundred heroes, and quartered five or fix miserable lovers in every tragedy he has written. I have nothing more to tell you to-day.
V ou should have my Day too, Sir, but indeed
1 I Nept it out, and so I'll give you all that was left, my last Night's entertainment. You know the company. I went in late, in order to be better receiv'd; but unluckily came in, as Deuce-ace was flinging (Lord H. would say I came in the Nick.) The Lady colour'd, and the men took the name of the Lord in vain : No body spoke to me, and I fat down disappointed ; then affecting a careless air, gap'd, and cried seven or eight times, D’ye win or loje? I could safely say at that moment I had no temptation to any one of the seven, lively fins; and
in the innocent way I was, happy had it been for me if I had died ! Moralizing fat I by the hazard. table; I looked upon the uncertainty of riches, the decay of beauty, and the crash of worlds with as much contempt as ever Plato did. But ah! the frailty of human nature ! some ridiculous thought came into my head, 'wakened my passions, which burst forth into a violent laughter : I rose from my seat, and not considering the just resentments of the lofing gamefters, hurld a ball of paper cross the table, which stop'd the dice, and turn’d up seven instead of five. Curs’d on all sides, and not knowing were to fly, I threw myself into a chair, which I demolish'd and never spoke a word after. We went to supper, and a lady said, Miss G. looks prodigiously like a Tree. Every body agreed to it, and I had not curiosity to ak the meaning of that sprightly fancy: Find it out, and let me know. Adieu, 'tis time to dress, and begin the bufiness of the day.
DRAY what is your opinion of Fate? for I must 1 confefs I am one of those that believe in Fate and Predefination.--No, I can't go fo far as that, but I own I am of opinion one's stars may incline, tho' not compel one ; and that is a fort of free-will;
for we may be able to resit inclination, but not compulfion.
Don't you think they have got in the most prepofterous fashion this winter that eve: was, of Houncing the petticoat fo very deep, that it looks like an entire coat of loteftringi
It is a little cool indeed for this time of year, but then, my dear, you'll allow it has an extreme clean pretty look.
Ay, fo has my muslin apron ; but I would not chuse to make it a winter fuit of cloaths. - Well now I'll swear, child, you have put me in mind of a very pretty drefs; let me die if I don't think a muslin Hounce, made very full, would give one a very agreeable Flirtation-air.
Well, I swear it would be charming ! and I fould like it of all things-Do you think there are any such things as Spirits?
. . . . Do you believe there is any fuch place as the Elysian Fields ? O Gad, that would be charming ! I wish I were to go to the Elysian Fields when I die! and then I should not care if I were to leave the world to-morrow : But is one to meet there with what one has lov'd most in this world ?
Now you must tell me this positively. To be fure you can, or what do I correspond with you for, if you won't tell me alk? You know I abominate Re. serve.
LET TER VII.
1 for your fair self and your filter, has been divided with the most wonderful regularity in the world. Even from my infancy I have been in love with one after the other of you, week by week, and my jour, ney to Bath fell out in the three hundred seventyfixth week of the reign of my sovereign lady Sylvia. At the present writing hereof it is the three hundred eighty ninth week of the reign of your moit serene majesty, in whose service I was listed some weeks before I beheld your fifter. This information will account for my writing to either of you hereafter, as either shall happen to be Queen-regent at that time.
Pray tell your fifter, all the good qualities and virtuous inclinations the has, never gave me so much pleasure in her conversation, as that one vice of her obstinacy will give me mortification this month. Ratcliffe commands her to Bath, and she refuses! indeed if I were in Berkshire I should honour her for this obstinacy, and magnify her no less for difobedience than we do the Barcelonians. . But people change with the change of places (as we fee of late) and virtues become vices when they cease to be for one's intereft, with me as with others. .
Ye let me tell her, she will never look fo finely while she is upon earth, as she would here in the
water. It is not here as in most other instances, for those ladies that would please extremely, muft go out of their own element. She does not make half fo good a figure on horseback as Christina Queen of Sweden; but were she once seen in the Bath, no man would part with her for the best mermaid in Christendom. You know I have seen you often, I perfectly know how you look in black and in white, I have experienced the utmost you can do in colours; but all your movements, all your graceful steps, deserve not half the glory you 'might here at. tain of a moving and easy behaviour in buckram : Something between swimming and walking, free enough, and more modestly-half-naked than you can appear any where else. You have conquer'd . f enough already by land; show your ambition, and vanquish also by water. The buckram I mention is a dress particularly useful at this time, when, we are told, they are bringing over the fashion of German ruffs : You ought to use yourselves to some degrees of stiffness beforehand; and when our ladies chins have been tickled a-while with starched muslin and wire, they may possibly bear the brush of a German beard and whisker.
I could tell you a delightful story of Doctor P.. but want room to display it in all its shining circum
ftances. He had heard it was an excellent cure for ferleye, to kiss the Aunt of the person beloved, who is
ally of years and experience enough to damp