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What, does Mr. M- boast of the glorious Absurdity he committed at parting, in miftaking my Horse for his ? When I fce him next, I will produce a Hundred I have been lately guilty of, to no one of which his is. able to compare. His, you know, commenced in the very Moment of parting, and consequently was little wonderful, in Comparison of those I have since committed ; besides, his Horse hai'. a Spot or two of Brown on him, and in: therefore easily mistaken at such a Time ior one that was Sorrel all over,
After all, you are a very wicked Lady you defrauded me of the Croslet you promised me, 'putting me off with a single Bead; but it was yours, and that's enough. The most trivial Donation from a Person we esteem, has a large Value. I acknowledge to have a great Penchant for what the Vulgar call KeepSakes. The French are notably practifed in these little Elegancies; we are not so much fo, as, I think, a polished People ought to be.
I am, dear Miss CARTER, Your most sincere Admirer, and humble Servant,
Don't expose the Nonsense-Verles I gave you, I entreat you.
S. D-, Eiq. to W. SHEXSTONE, EG,
WAS fome Time since at Mr. WHISTLER'S
Chamber, when he received a Letter from you, the Sight of which revived in my Mind the pleasing Correspondence you once favoured me with; the Loss of which I much regret.-Do you never think of returning to Oxford ? Have you left nothing there that may give us Leave once more to expect you? I won't be so poetically complaisant, as to say every Thing appears grieved at your Absence, but I assure you, Sir, there are some that seem fincerely to lament it. I can't compare those little People that have sometimes
censured you, to any Thing but Ants, who are generally most troublesome in the finest Season. I can't hope, that even a short Stay at C- could be made agreeable, but Novelty is sometimes pleasing; descend then, and see the new Acquaintance I have made, which is like to prove a very lasting one: may yours be no less fo!--Mr. Graves is in Gloucestershire, and Mr. WHISTLER, God knows where, and you unkindly conceal from me the Place of your Residence, I shall direct this wandering Epiftle as usual, but imagine, if it is so fortunate as to find you, it will be in your Hermitage, where I presume you are before this retired, Were I Mr. WHISTLER, - with what Pleasure should I leave the World, and all its Vanities, for Mr. SHENSTONE and a CellThough I must own, your Intention of making Mr. L-Nimmortal, by a Dedication, and singing the Praises and Virtues i of the Court, seem to cherish gayer Thoughts than suit that peaceful Station. Whether Hermit or Courtier, be affured that whatever conduces to your Happiness is finçerely wished by me, C-, January 20,
LET. LET TER XXII.
S. D“, Esq. to W. SHENSTONE, Esq.
Desire of continuing a Correspondence that has always given me so much Pleasure. I wrote you a Letter fome Time ago, and should have used so little Ceremony, as to have troubled you with another, had I known in what Part of the World you was. If you know any Thing of Mr. G“, I should be glad to hear something of him; I am informed that he is a Curate in some Village very remote-It is a great Pity, so much Merit should be no better rewarded. We have been returned from London about three Weeks: if I had known you were in Town, I fhould have left it with much more Reluctance. : If you come into Oxfordshire this Summer, I hope you will favour me with a Visit at G-, which will be a very great pleasure to us all.
You cannot imagine how happy you have made me, in giving me Hopes of enjoying a Sight of your Poems; from which I am sure of reaping a Pleasure which can admit of no Addition, but by receiving them from your own Hands. I am glad to hear that Mr. Gis settled so much to his Satisfaction: if he is at All Souls, I hope I shall see him before he leaves Oxford.
I have lately lost a very agreeable Relation and sincere Friend. Perhaps you have heard Mr. WHISTLER mention Miss B--: she died at C about three Months since, after a short Illness of two Days; which added so much to the melancholy Situation here, that we were obliged to fly to Town for Amusements. I came down ten Days since, and shall return again to-morrow, for about a Week longer. May I hope, dear Sir, to find a Letter here from you? I am sure the reading of it will give me more real Pleasure than any Company or Diversion I can propose to find in London. I am foșry to send you any News that will give you Concern ; but can't help. 3