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the affected leer of the one, and strange appearance of the other; owing to the attitude of the head, which is a proof of the artist's, or your friend's false taste. The ***'s who verify the character I once gave
ofteazing, or sticking like pitch, or birdlime, fent a card that they would wait on Mrs. **** on Friday. She sent back, she was engaged-Then to meet at Ranelagh to-night. She answered, she did not go. She says, if the allows the least footing, she never shall get rid of the acquaintance; which she is resolved to drop at once. She knows they are not her friends, nor yours; and the first use they would make of being with her would be to facrifice you to her (if they could) a second time. - Let her not then (let her not, my dear) be a greater friend to thee, than thou art to thyself. She begs I will reiterate my request to you, that you will not write to them. It will give her, and thy Bramin, inexpreflible pain. Be assured, all this is not without reason on her side. I have my reasons too ; the first of which is, that I should grieve to excess, if Eliza wanted that fortitude her Yorick has built To high upon. I said I never more would mention the name to thee; and had I not received it, as a kind of charge from a dear woman that loves you, I thould not have broke my word. I will write again to-morrow to thee, thou best and most endearing of girls ! A peaceful night to thee. My fpirit will be with thee through every watch of it.
TO THE SAME.
MY DEAREST ELIZA!
painting will be enough to destroy every nerve about thee. Nothing so pernicious as white lead. Take care of yourself, dear girl; and sleep not in it too soon. It will be enough to give you a stroke of an epilepsy. I hope you will have left the ship: and that my
letters may meet, and greet you, as you get out of your post-chaise, at Deal.- When you have got them all, put them, my dear, into fome order.The first eight or nine are numbered : but I wrote the rest without that direction to thee; but, that wilt find them out, by the day or hour, which, I hope, I have generaily pre fixed to them. When they are got together in chronological order, few them toge her in a cover. I trust they will be a perpetual refuge to thee, from time to time; and that thou wilt (when weary of fools, and uninteresting discourse) retire, and converse an hour with them, and me.
I have not had power, or the heart, to aim at enlivening any one of them with a single stroke of wit or humour; but they contain something better; and what you will feel more suited to your situation-a long detail of much advice, truth, and knowledge. I hope, too, you will perceive loose touches of an honest heart, to every one of them ; which speak more than the moft studied periods; and will give thee more ground of trust and confidence upon Yo.
rick, than all that laboured eloquence could supply, Lean then thy whole weight, Eliza, upon them and upon me.
“ May poverty, distress, anguish, and shame, be my portion, if ever I give thee reason to repent the knowledge of me!"_With this aflever, ation, made in the presence of a juft God, I pray to him, that so it may speed me, as I deal candidly and honourably with thee! I would not mislead thee, Eliza; I would not injure thee, in the opinion of a fingle individual, for the richest crown the proudest monarch wears.
Remember, that while I have life and power, włatever is mine, you may style and think yoursThough sorry fhould I be, if ever my friendship was put to the test thus, for your own delicacy's fake.Money and counters are of equal use in my opinion; they both serve to set
with. I hope you will answer me this letter; but if thou art debarred by the elements which hurry thee away, I will write one for thee; and knowing it is such a one as thou would'st have written, I will regard it as
Honour, and happiness, and health, and comforts of every kind, sail along with thee, thou most worthy of girls!. I will live for thee, and my Lydia-be rich for the children of my heart-gain wisdom, gain fame, and happiness, to share with them with thee and her in my old age.- Once for all, adieu. Preserve thy life; steadily pursue the ends we proposed;
and let nothing rob thee of those powers Heaven has given thee for thy well-being.
What can I add more, in the agitation of mind I am in, and within five minutes of the last postman's bell, but recommend thee to Heaven, and recommend myself to Heaven with thee, in the same fervent ejaculation, “ that we may be happy, and meet again : if not in this world, in the next."-Adieu. I am thine, Eliza, affectionately, and everlastingly.
You f'cis high time, said my father, addresting
himfelf equally to my uncle Toby and Yorick, to take this young creature out of these women's hands, and put him into those of a private governor.
Now as I consider the person who is to be about my son, as the mirror in which he is to view him. self from morning to night, and by which he is to adjust his looks, his carriage, and perhaps the inmost sentiments of his heart; I would have one, Yorick, if possible, polished at all points, fit for my child to look into.
There is, continued my father, a certain mien and motion of the body and all its parts, both in acting and speaking, which argues a man well within. There are a thousand unnoticed openings, continued my father, which let a penetrating eye at once into a
man's foul; and I maintain it, added he, that a mari of sense does not lay down his hať in coming into a room, or take it up in going out of it, but fomething escapes, which discovers him.
I will have him, continued my father, cheerfu., faceté, jovial; at the same time, prudent, attentive to business, vigilant, acute, argute, inventive, quick in resolving doubts and fpeculative questions :-he fhall be wise, and judicious, and learned :- And why not humble, and moderate, and gentle tempered, and good ? said Yorick :--And why not, cried my uncle Toby, free, and generous, and bountiful, and brave?-He shall, my dear Toby, cried my father, getting up and shaking him by his hand. Then, brother Shandy, answered my uncle Toby, raifing himself off the chair, and laying down his pipe to take hold of my father's other hand--I humbly beg I may recommend poor L: Fevre's son to you;-a tear of joy of the first water fparkled in my uncle Toby's eye,--and another, the fellow to it, in the Corporal's, as the proposition was made ;-you will see why, when you read Le Feure's story.
THE STORY OF LE FEVRE.
T was some time in the summer of that year.ir
which Dendermond was tüken by the Allies ; when my uncle Toły was one evening getting his fupper, with Trim, fitting behind him at a small fideboard, I say fitting-for in confideration of the Corporal's