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the Value of a Half-penny: but 'tis poffible, at his Time of Life, &c. nothing of this Sort will be undertaken. The two Things at present remarkable are, his Lodge and his Chapel. The Portico of the former, (defigned by FLEETCROFT) affords three different and striking Profpects. The Chapel is fo very fuperb and elegant, that Mrs. GATAKER has nothing to do but fend you and me thither, to say our Prayers in it. In reality, it is perfect Luxury; as I truly thought it, laft Sunday Se'en-night; bis Pew is a Room with an handfome Fire-place; the Ceiling carved, painted in Compartments, and the Remainder enriched with gilt StuccoOrnaments; the Walls enriched in the fame Manner; the best painted Windows I ever faw: the Monument to his Father, Mother, and Brothers, coft, he faid, 2cool. the middle Aifle rendered comfortable by Iron Stoves, in the Shape of Urns, the Organ perfectly neat, and good, in Proportion to its Size: and to this Chapel you are led through a Gallery of Paintings seventy Feet long-And what would you more? You'll fay, a good Sermon-I really think his Parfon is able to preach one.


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And now I come, laftly, to speak of your Letter I received on Monday. What an uncommon Man you are! to take fo much Thought for thofe, who never took any for themselves !———I have enquired after Mr. WEDDERBURNE, and it seems he is a very clever and a very rifing Lawyer; to whom I am the more obliged for mentioning me, as I fear I have not the Honour of being the leaft known to him,


Pray write to me as foon as poffible, and I will make you Amends (if Writing will make Amends) for the fcandalous Omissions of which I have been guilty. I have fomewhat to tell you of Lord L-'s ufual great Kindness, when the Lords D- and W were laft at Hagley; but I have not Time, and must conclude, my deareft, worthieft Friend!

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Dear Sir,


DID indeed give you up for loft, as a Correfpondent, and find by your Letter that I am to expect very few future ones. I will endeavour all I can, to avoid any Sufpicion of your Indifference for my own Satisfaction; but I don't know for certain, that I fhall be able, unless you affift my Endeavours, like my good Genius, by a Courfe of fuitable Epiftles, at certain Distances. I myself correfpond but very little now, fo you will meet with the more Indulgence. I don't find by your Letter that you have much more Philofophy than me. I can't tell, indeed, what the Situation of your Houfe is; I own, mine gives me Offence on no other Confideration, than that it does not receive a fufficient Number of polite Friends, or that it is not fit to receive them, were they fo difpofed; I would


elfe cultivate an Acquaintance with about three or four in my Neighbourhood, that are of a Degree of Elegance and Station fuperior to the common run. But I make it a certain Rule, "rcere profanum Vulgus".*-Perfons who will defpife you for the Want of a good Set of Chairs, or an uncouth Fire-Shovel, at the fame Time that they can't tafte any Excellence in a Mind that overlooks thofe Things; or (to make a Conceit of this Sentiment) with whom 'tis in vain that your Mind is furnished, if the Walls are naked; indeed, one lofes much of one's Acquifitions in Virtue, by an Hour's Converse with fuch as judge of Merit by Money, &c. yet I am now and then impelled by the focial Paffion to fit half an Hour in my Kitchen.

I was all along an Admirer of Sir THOMAS HEAD'S Humour and Wit, and I beg you will represent me in that Light, if Occafion happens. 'Tis not impoffible that I may penetrate this Winter as far as your Neighbourhood, connecting a Set of Vifits which I have in my Eye. Tell Mr. WHISTLER, when you

To banish the profane Vulgar,


fee him, that if he must have fome Diftem
per, I cannot but be pleased that it is one
which is the Fore-runner of Longevity-Don't
tell him so neither, for the Compliment is trite.
From the Birmingham Gazette, “We hear that
on Thursday last was married, at Hales Owen,
in Shropshire, Mr. J-, an eminent Gunsmith
of this Town, to a Sister of the Right Hon.
Lord D-
I was yefter-
day at the Grange, where his old Father, with
a Number of People, were celebrating the Nup-
tials of his Son; when in the Midft of his
Feaftings, high Jollity, and grand Alliance, the
old Fellow bethought him of a Piece of Tim-
ber in the Neighbourhood, that was converti-
ble into good Gun-Stocks, and had some of
it fent for into the Room, by Way of Speci-
men. "Anima nil magna Laudis egentes !"*

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Pray is your Sifter at Smelkwick? for I have not heard. You faid you would give me your Picture, which I long earnestly for; could not you contrive to have it fent me directly? I am quite in your Debt, with Regard to downright Goods and Moveables, and what is the proper

*Souls that are defirous of little Praise,


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