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and made his escape. The ball wounded her but not mortally.
Oh love, love, can’st thou not be content to make fools of thy slaves, to make them miserable, to make them what thou pleasest! Must thou also goad them on 10 crimes! must thou convert them into de.. vils !
The short note I wrote to you last night, immediately on my reaching town, you received, I hope. But why no answer to it? Why do you not say when we shall meet? I have ten thousand things to tell you. My situation in Norfolk is lovely. Exactly what you like. The parsonagehouse may be made very comfortable at a trifling expence. How happily shall we spend our time there! How glad am I that
I have taken orders, and what obligations have I to my dear B. to Mr. H. and Dr. V.! Now, my happiness can be deferred no longer. My character and profession are, now, additional weights in the scale. Oh then, consent to marry me directly. The day I lead you to the altar will be the happiest day of my existence.
Thanks, a thousand thanks for der and affectionate letters while I was in Norfolk. Be afsured G. could mean nothing by what she said. She is our firm friend, I am persuaded. About an hour ago, I called there ; but she was out. Presently I shall go again with this, in the hope of liearing something about you.
Oh M.! every day I live I do but discover more and more how impossible it is for me to live without you.
Don't forget the 5th of next month. We must keep that day sacred together.
L E T
L E T T E R
To the Same.
7 Feb. 1779. While I live I will never forget your behaviour yesterday. Were I to live an hundred years, I could never thank you enough. But your will be done.
The note I risqued yesterday you got, I hope. If you had not answered
last but one, I should certainly have thrown this bundle of papers into the fire. Since you are now a good girl again, I send them to you. May they afford you any thing like entertainment! It was but last night I finished them.--Adieu.--Much as I dread the expedition, to-morrow I believe must be the day.
17 February, 79.
L E T
L E T T E R
To the Same.
At sea-a20 February, , 1779. My dear little angel! I wrote my last letter to you yesterday at 11 o'clock, just when we failed. I dined at two o'clock, and, as for the afternoon, I had some music. I have my own servant on board that plays, and a couple of hands from London for the six weeks I am out. We were a good many at dinner. I had about nine people yesterday, and shall have more when the rest of my squadron join me. They staid with me till near seven. I got to supper about nine o'clock; but I could not eat, and so got to bed about 10.-I then prayed for you, my dearest love; kissed your dearest little hair; and lay down, and dreamt of you, and had you on the dear little couch ten thousands times in my arms, kisling you and telling you how much I loved and adored you; and
you seemeed pleased; but, alas, when I woke I found it all dillufion-no body by me but myself at sea. I rose by time, at halfpaft five, and went upon deck. There I found my friend Billy, and walked with him for about an hour, till Barrington came to me. We then breakfasted about 8 o'clock, and by 9 I began and exercised the ships under my command till 12. It is now one, and when I finish this letter to you, my dear love, I shall dress and go to dinner at two o'clock. It is a rule on board to dine at 2, breakfast at 8, and sup at 9-always, if nothing hinders me, I shall be a-bed by 10, or soon after, and up by half past five in the morning, in order to have, if there is any occasion, orders ready for the fleet under my command before I begin to exercise them -I am sure the account of this day's duty can be no pleasure to you, my love ; yet it is exactly what I have done ; and as I promised you always to let you know my motions and my thoughts, I have now performed my promise this day to