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It is not necessary to say any thing by way of Preface, than to desire the Reader, who feels an Inclination to censure any of these Letters, will recollect the persons by and to whom, and the Situations in which, they were written.

letters, When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak Of one that lov’d, not wisely, but too well : Of one, not easily jealous; but, being wrought, Impatient in th' extreme: of one, whose hand, Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe : of one, whose eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinal gum.

pray you,




M A D N E S S, &c.


L Ε Τ Τ Ε R 1.

To Miss

Huntingdon, Dec. 4, 1774.

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Dear M.
EN thousand thanks for your billet by my

corporal Trim yesterday. The fellow seemed happy to have been the bearer of it, because he saw it made me happy. He will be as good a soldier to Cupid as to Mars, I dare say. And Mars and Cupid are not now to begin their acquaintance, you know. Whichever he ferve, you may command him of course, without a compliment; for Venus, I need not


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