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can be censured of Forgetfulness with Regard to them, and I know no Way but Writing, by which I can evade both.
Some Sort of Apology I ought to make, that I did not write before; you will therefore please to observe, that I am but just arrived at Home, though I left Cheltenham the Day after you. I stayed, indeed, to hear Mr. B- preach a Morning Sermon; for which I find Mrs. C- has allotted him the Hat, preferably to Mr. C- Perhaps you may not remember, nor did I hear till very lately, that there is a Hat given annually at Cheltenham, for the Use of the best foreign Preacher, of which the Disposal is assigned to Mrs. C-, to her and her Heirs for ever. I remember (tho° I knew nothing of this whilst I was upon the Place) I used to be a little misdeemful, that all who preached there had some fuch Premium in their Eye. This Hat, 'tis true, is not quite so valuable as that of a Cardinal, but while it is made a Retribution for Excellence in so (if properly considered) sublime a Function, it is an Object for a Preacher in any Degree. I am sorry, at the same Time,
to say, that as a common Hat, merely for its Uses, it would be an Object to too many Countrj Curates, whose Situations and sender Incomes too often excite our Blushes, as well as Compassion. There should be no fuchi Thing as a Journeyman Parson; it is beneath the Dignity of the Profeffion. If we had fewer Pluralities in the Church, this Indecorum might; in a great Measure, be abolished.
Mr. N- (Squire N-) I hear is fitting up his Castle at L for the Reception of the little Widow; and the Mercer at Cheltenhan has completed his grand Arcade, for the better Difposition of his Crapes and Callimancos.
I am an ill Relater of Matters of Fact, and as I said before, did not continue above four and twenty Hours and some odd Minutes upon the Place longer than you that enquire after it: but I survived long enough to hear very frequent Mention of Mrs. A-, Mifs CARTER, &c. and such Mention, as has confirmed me in an Opinion, that Persons of real Merit, without any Expence of Airs, &c. will by Degrees engross the Admiration of
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they come into. But this is a Kind of Language you would never indulge me in ; you might very securely;' for I should never be able to express half the sincere Esteem and Respect with which I am,
Dear Mifs CARTER,
remember to have seen an odd Kind of Fellow when you were at Cheltenham, who threatened you with a Letter, and who is now endeavouring to be as bad as his Word; however he hopes for some lit
tle Partiality on his Behalf, having delayed the Execution of his Menaces for a considerable Time, and even now pronising to say as few Things in your Favour as the real Sentiments of his Heart will admit of.
After I part
But Peace to Buffoonery.--After I ed from you, Mr.M-N, with great Simplicity, endeavoured to keep up my Spirits, by. speak. ing in Praise of the Family we had left, as though that was not the ready Method to aggravate the Sense of one's Loss; and yet to aggravate it was utterly impossible in the Opi-: nion of a Person already so sensible of it. But he mentioned one Article which was more suc.. cessful, and that was a Proposal to accom.' pany me to Stoke, and to let me know when it suited his Convenience,
When I came to Cheltenham, I was not unmindful of that solemn Vow that I had made, not to survive your Family, there a single Hour : but I found it near five o'Clock, and my
Conscience said, that as I had made it fo late, by my Attendance upon you, though I did stay another Night, I hoped I might be excused.
I have been, since leaving this Town, at Mr. Brown's, who lives upon the Borders of Wales.-Poor Man! He has been the most obliging Person in the World to the most stupid of Companions. 'Tis hardly possible to determine which was greater, the Zeal with which he shewed me his Fossils, Plants, Poetry, &c. or the stupid Inattention with which I observed them. He commends you and Mrs. AUBREY highly; fo, indeed, do all I know, or I would foon forget that I had ever seen their Faces. He had found out a Method at last of feducing me to talk, by frequent Mention of your Merits, and it was a good While before I discovered his Artifice; and even when I had discovered it, I was ill able to elude the Force of it.
I am now just returned Home, which is iny Apology for not writing to you about Cbeltenbam as I promised.' I really scarce recollect any Circumstance belonging to it, except that you and Mrs. Aubrey were there the most favourable, agreeable, and praise-worthy.