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very remarkable. It was written as full, I am sorry to mortify you, my dear sister,-as the paper would hold, folded, sealed, directed, and put somewhere; but when I had finished mine, and wanted it to put in the frank, it could be found nowhere. 'Tis needless to tell you how the papercase was cleared, the cupboard routed out, pockets searched, and every body who had entered the room squinted at with an evil


of suspicion. The letter has never made its appearance to this day; and what vexes Miss B. is, that Patty can but be in her debt, and that she was before. Now half this letter she says was about Charles, which may serve to excuse me, who finished in a violent hurry. I left him to the last, but was obliged to conclude abruptly. I am afraid to tell you much about him, lest you should fall in love with him again, and send somebody to kidnap him; though I think Charles would have a good many defenders in this house if


did. You will see by the inclosed I have been employing my pen again for him, and again I must employ you to get it printed.

Palgrave, Jan. 20th, 1779. You are a pretty fellow to grumble, as my mother says you do, at my not writing! Do not you remember when you sent a sheet of Charles's book, you said you did not mean the line you sent with


it for a letter, but would write soon; so that by your own confession you are now in debt to me. Charles bóre a part in our examination, by repeating a copy of verses on the boy who would not say A lest he should be made to say B: and we, let me tell you, deserve great praise for our modesty and self-denial, in not making a parade with his Greek, for he could have repeated an ode of Anacreon. But notwithstanding this erudition, a few English books will still be very acceptable.

We are just returned from Norwich, where we have been so much engaged with dinners and suppers, that though I fully intended to write from thence, and began a letter, I really could not finish it. The heads of all the Norwich people are in a whirl, occasioned by the routs which have been introduced amongst them this winter; and such a bustle with writing cards a month beforeband, throwing down partitions, moving beds, &c. Do you know the different terms? There is a squeeze, a fuss, a drum, a rout; and lastly, a hurricane, when the whole house is full from top to bottom. It is matter of great triumph to me that we enjoy the latter for ten months in the


WELL, my

London, Jan. 2d, 1784. dear brother, here we are in this busy town, nothing in which (the sight of friends excepted) has given us so much pleasure as the

balloon which is now exhibiting in the Pantheon. It is sixteen feet one way, and seventeen another; and when full (which it is not at present) will carry eighty-six pounds. When set loose from the weight which keeps it to the ground, it mounts to the top of that magnificent dome with such an easy motion as put me in mind of Milton's line, "rose like an exhalation.” We hope to see it rise in the open

air before we leave town. Next to the balloon, Miss. B. is the object of public curiosity : I had the pleasure of meeting her yesterday. She is a very unaffected, modest, sweet and pleasing young lady :-but you, now I think of it, are a Goth, and have not read Cecilia. Read, read it

, for shame! I begin to be giddy with the whirl of London, and to feel my spirits flag. There are so many drawbacks, from hair-dressers, bad weather and fatigue, that it requires strong health greatly to enjoy being abroad. The enthusiasm for Mrs. Siddons seems something abated this winter. As the last season was spent in unbounded admiration, this, I suppose, will be employed in canvassing her faults, and the third settle her in her proper degree of reputation.

MY DEAR BROTHER, Palgrave, Jan. 21, 1784. : We arrived at Palgrave yesterday. I much wished to have written again from London; but I could

not get further than half a letter, which was therefore committed to the flames. Bating the circumstance of being greatly hurried, we spent our time very pleasantly in London, and had a great deal of most agreeable society. Our evenings, particularly at Johnson's, were so truly social and lively, that we protracted them sometimes till..... But I am not telling tales. Ask at what time we used to separate, · Our time, indeed, in London was chiefly spent in seeing people: for as to seeing sights, constant visiting and the very bad weather left us little opportunity for any thing of that kind. There is a curious automaton which plays at chess. His countenance, they say,


very grave and full of thought, and you can hardly help imagining he meditates upon every move. He is wound up, however, at every two or three

The same man has made another figure, which speaks : but as his native tongue is French, he stays at home at present to learn English. The voice is like that of a


child. We spent two very agreeable days at Mr.-_'s. We saw there many Americans, members of the congress, and plenipos. We were often amused with the different sentiments of the several parties in which we passed the day. At Mr. Brand Hollis's the nation was ruined; notwithstanding which we ate our turkey and drank our wine as if nothing had happened. In the evening party there was


nobody to be pitied but the poor king: and we criticised none but Mrs. Siddons. It is impossible, however, not to be kept awake by curiosity at learning the extraordinary manæuvres and rapid changes that have happened lately. Do you know that at two o'clock on the day the Parliament met, Mr. Pitt had not received his return; so that Mr. Fox had almost begun the debates before Pitt knew he was even a member!

Palgrave, May 1784. Let me begin with telling you,


have some reason to complain of me for not having told you before, that we are very well. Mr. B. has begun to eat his dinners; and we smile upon the year, as the year begins to smile upon us. We propose going to Birmingham this vacation, and we understand Oxford and Daventry are in the way; so that we hope a great deal lies before us to please the eye and touch the soul of friendship: but busy must we be before we have earned our vacation.

What do you think of the behaviour of our great ladies on the present election? I thought the newspapers had exaggerated : but Mr. he himself saw the two Lady—'s and Miss —_'s go into a low alehouse to canvass, where they staid half an hour; and then, with the mob at


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