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The Leafowes, My dearest Friend, Nov. 20, 1762. T is a very surprising and a cruel Thing,
that you will not suppose me to have been out of Order, after such a Neglect of writing, as can hardly be excused on any other Score. I cannot, indeed, lay Claim to what the Doctors call an acute Disease: but Dizziness of Head, and Depresion of Spirits re at
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best no trivial Maladies, and great Discouragements to writing. There is a lethargic State of Mind that deserves your Pity, not your Anger; though it may require the Hellebore of sharp Reproof. Why then did
Why - then did you not apply this pungent Remedy, before the Disease was gone so far? But seriously, I pass too much of that Sort of Time, wherein I am neither well nor ill; and being unable to express myself at large, am averse to do so by Halves. From the- ftrange Laconicism of
your Letter, I am really in Doubt, whether you are not angry at me ; and yet had rather this were owing to Anger that may subside, than to any persevering Fondness you may have for such unusual Brevity. Should the latter become habitual, I shall see the Letters of a Genius dwindle to per first will advise the Needful." God forbid such a Transformation!
Your former Letter, to my great Confusion, was dated Sept. 18. Let me speak first to some few Parts of it—The Lampreys arrived safe, and were as good as I ever tasted; but every Time I tarted them, I wanted you; and you are mis
taken, if you imagine, I can half relish such Cates alone : however, I return you Thanks.
You gave 'me no Account how far the Bath Waters, &c. were judged expedient for you. A charitable Action called you up to Town ; and you, in the Benevolence of your Heart, presume, that this accounts for the Neglect of every Advantage that concerned yourself. Pray let me know whether the Bath was proper for you at the fame Time inform me, whether you were able to serve Mrs. H. I shall be sorry for you, as well as her, if you fhould miss the Gratification you would derive from the Success of such an Endeavour.
Were I rich, I would erect a Temple to Simplicity and Grece; or, as the latter Word would be equivocal, to Simplicity and Elegance. I am glad to hear that Mr. W- has under, taken to deify the former ; as he will produce better Grounds for such a Confecration than was ever done by Pagans, or by Papifts, on any such Occasion. By the Way, I take that Goddess to be a remarkable Friend to Ease and Indolence. There is another well-deserving Per
fonage, Delicacy, whose Cause has been strangely deserted, by either Mr. MELMOTH, or Dr. LANCASTER.
Will it make better for me, or worse, to say, I've not yet written to Mr. Graves ? But I will positively write, within this Week, if it cost me a Dose of Salts to clear my Brain. As to what he says about my printing immediately, he may be right, and I am sure he is friendly : but more of this in a little Time.
Since the Receipt of your last Letter, Mr. Percy and his Wife came and spent a good Part of the Week here, and be, also, would needs write a Description of the Leafowes. During the latter Part of his Circuit, my Friend JAGO and I accompanied him ; and what was produced on that Occasion, you will go near to know in a little Time, Mean while I am more and more convinced, that no Description of this Place can make any Figure in Print, unless some StriElures upon Gardening, and other Embellishments be superadded.
Mr. Jago has been with me twice, having written a Poem in blank Verse, which he leaves here for my Revisal. 'Tis a descriptive Poem, called Edge-Hill, and admits an Account of the Battle fought there, together with many legendary Tales and Episodes.
About a Week ago, I paid a Visit of two or three Days, which I had long promised, to Lord FOLEY. His Table, for a Constancy, is the most magnificent of any
I ever saw : eighteen or twenty elegant Dishes ; a continual Succession of Company; his Behaviour, perfectly hospitable, and his Conversation really entertaining. I most readily own myself to have been under a Mistake, with Regard to his companionable Character. My Reception was as agreeable as it could possibly be. As to the rest, he has a most admirable House and Furniture; but without any Room or Utenfil that would stand the Test of modern Criticism. The Views around him, wild and great ; and the Park capable of being rendered fine; twice as striking as it is at prefent, if he would fell fome Oaks, under the Value of a Crown, and some Hawthorns, under B 3