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Since I left Cheltenham, I have been at Mr. B-'s, in Bishop's-Caftle. I rode one Morning with him about three Miles, that I might fay, I had been in Wales, and feen Brecon, Caderidis, and Plinlimmon, with an extenfive Chain of other Mountains, I called at a fmall Alehouse, where the People lived all the Winter without any Glass in their Windows. I was wondering how they could live fo, in a more cold Country than you have, perhaps, experienced. The Wife faid, "True it was, fhe could like Glafs very well." "Yes," fays the Huf band, “Glass is very genteel, that it is.” “ Nay, fays the Wife," not for the Gentleelnefs neither, though it is very genteel, that's the Truth on't." This Circumftance ftruck me a good deal, that they fhould difcover the genteelness of
of Glazing, and never once think of its Expediency. Mr. B- is a Man you would like upon Acquaintance, though, as I remember, you had fome Objection to the Superfluity of his Wit. We fhall, in all Probability, have frequent Interviews with him at Bath, London, &c. He would fain have feduced me to have travelled into Portugal, &c. with himself, and one Mr. MOORE, his Neighbour; an agreeable, modest Man, and late Member for Bishop's-Castle. I declined it for two Reafons; firft, on Account of the Expence, and fecondly, that I could not think of spending two Years in this Part of my Life abroad; dead to one's own Country, and procuring, at beft, very perishable, and ufelefs Friendships in another. If I could have ftaid, I was to have gone with him to a Welsh Seffions, fraught with Irafcibility. He is a Juftice of Peace there.
As to good Acquaintance, though I much defire it, I have as literally a Genius for avoiding, as any one ever had for procuring it. I cannot approach within fifty Yards of Servility for fear of it.
I want fadly to talk to you about a thoufand Things. I have fome Notion of fpending a Week at Mr. D-'s. Act fublimely, and give me the Meeting then, notwithstanding.
Though I was enamoured with the Politenefs of Mr. W-'s Converfation, I fhould not, perhaps, have been very forward to express my Sentiments, if you had not intimated, that he made favourable mention of me. I begin to grow a little pleafed with Prudence, and I think it a Debt one owes her, to referve one's Encomiums till one knows any one's mutual Sentiments; for certainly, he that happens to commend an Enemy, happens to condemn himfelf. I beg my Compliments.
I believe poor J. D is alive-Farther I c. nnot learn.
I did not think it poffible, I could have len fo much engaged by love as I have beenof ate.-Poor Mifs C-!
It must neceffarily be an Honour to a Girl, to have pleased a Man of Senfe, (I know not but I am vain in fuppofing myself of that Number) let his Station be how low foever. Now it must be a Difgraee to captivate a Fool, however high it be; the former is the strongest Evidence of Merit, the latter of the Want of it.
Now I talk of Vanity, I beseech you never check yourself in your Letters-I don't purpose it; and I think it makes as pretty a Figure in the Letters of a Man of Tafte, as it does in the Embroidery of a Beau. I am as much yours, as human Nature will admit of.
W. SHENSTONE, Efq. to
HEN I promised you fome Poetry for Mr. S, I am afraid that, through my Defire of recommending myself to his Family, my Tongue out-run my Wit. If I laid any Sort of Stress upon what I was to fend, I am very fure it did fo; and when you have read the Trifles enclosed, you will be of the fame Opinion.
It is probable, however, that I had an Eye to a larger Ode of mine, upon the Subject of rural Elegance, which I have not now Time either to correct or to transcribe; but which I will not fail to communicate to them upon fome future Occafion.
Or if my Promife regarded a Translation of the Mottos bere, I fhall have the best Opportunity of performing it, when I take the Freedoms