Letters to his second wife, Mrs. Mary Scurlock, and her two daughters

editor, 1787 - 518 pages

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Page 14 - It is to my lovely charmer I owe, that many noble ideas are continually affixed to my words and actions ; it is the natural effect of that generous passion to create in the admirer some similitude of the object admired. Thus, my dear, am I every day to improve from so sweet a companion.
Page 4 - ... by our words. You are so good as to let me know I shall have the honour of seeing you when I next come here. I will live upon that expectation, and meditate on your perfections till that happy hour. The vainest woman upon earth never saw in her glasse half the attractions which I view in you.
Page 16 - NEXT to the influence of heaven, I am to thank you that I see the returning day with pleasure. To pass my evenings in so sweet a conversation, and have the esteem of a woman of your merit, has in it a particularity of happiness no more to be expressed than returned. But I am, my lovely creature, contented to be on the obliged side, and to employ all my days in new endeavours to convince you and all the world of the sense I have of your condescension in choosing, Madam, your most faithful, most obedient...
Page 6 - ... their hearts; I contemn their low images of love. I have not a thought which relates to you, that I cannot with confidence beseech the All-seeing Power to bless me in. May He direct you in all your steps, and reward your innocence, your sanctity of manners, your prudent youth, and becoming piety, with the continuance of his grace and protection.
Page 11 - How art thou, oh my soul, stolen from thyself! how is all thy attention broken ! My books are blank paper, and my friends intruders. I have no hope of quiet but from your pity : to grant it, would make more for your triumph. To give pain, is the tyranny, to make happy, the true empire, of beauty. If you would consider aright...
Page 13 - I beg pardon that my paper is not finer, but I am forced to write from a coffee-house, where I am attending about business. There is a dirty crowd of busy faces all around me, talking of money ; while all my ambition, all my wealth, is love ! Love which animates my heart, sweetens my humour, enlarges my soul, and affects every action of my life.
Page 3 - I regard all these excellencies as you will please to direct them for my happiness or misery. With me, madam, the only lasting motive to love is the hope of its becoming mutual.
Page 11 - To have my thoughts ever fixed on you, to live in constant fear of every accident to which human life is liable, and to send up my hourly prayers to avert them from you: I say, madam, thus to think, and thus to suffer, is what I do for her who is in pain at my approach, and calls all my tender sorrow impertinence. 'You are now before my eyes...
Page 15 - A thousand torments dwell about thee, Yet who would live, to live without thee?" "Methinks I could write a volume to you; but all the language on earth would fail in saying how much, and with what disinterested passion, "I am ever your's, "RICH.
Page 278 - about poor Dick, and wish that his zeal for the public may not be ruinous to himself. But he has sent me word that he is determined to go on, and that any advice I may give him in this particular will have no weight with him.

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