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an expostulatory letter upon the indecorums of T. Shandy
which is to be answered by recrimination upon the liberties in his own works these are to be printed together – Crebillon against Sterne — Sterne against Crebillon — the copy to be sold, and the money equally divided – This is good Swiss-policy.
I am recovered greatly, and if I could spend one whole winter at Toulouse, I should be fortified, in my inner man, beyond all danger of relapsing. A sad asthma my daughter has been martyr'd with these three winters, but mostly this last, makes it, I fear, necessary she should try the last remedy of a warmer and softer air, so I am going this week to Versailles, to wait upon Count Choiseul to solicit passports for them If this system takes place, they join me here
and after a month's stay we all decamp for the south of France if not, I shall see you in June next. Mr. Fox, and Mr. Maccartny, having left Paris, I live altogether in French families — I laugh till I cry, and in the same tender moments cry till I laugh. I Shandy it more than ever, and verily do believe that, by mere Shandeism, sublimated by a laughter-loving people, I fence as much against infirmities as I do by the benefit of air and climate. Adieu, dear Garrick! présent ten thousand of my best respects and wishes to and for my friend Mrs. Garrick - had she been last night upon the Tuilleries, she would have annihilated a thousand French goddesses, in one single turn. I am, most truly,
My dear friend,
XXIV. - TO MRS. STERNE, YORK.
Paris, May 16th, 1762.
you will receive one wrote last night, the moment
have much Scotch snuff but as tobacco is good here, you had best bring a Scotch mill and make it yourself, that is, order your valet to manufacture it 'twill keep him out of mischief. I would advise you to take three days in coming up, for fear of heating yourselves — See that they do not give you a bad vehicle, when a better is in the yard, but you will look sharp - drink small Rhenish to keep you cool (that is if you like it). Live well, and deny yourselves nothing your hearts wish. So God in heaven prosper and go along with you - kiss my Lydia, and believe me both affectionately,
Paris, May 31, 1762. MY DEAR, THERE have no mails arrived here till this morning, for three posts, so I expected with great impatience a letter from you and Lydia and lo! it is arrived. You are as busy as Thorp's wife, and by the time
you receive this, you will be busier still
I have exhausted all my ideas about your journey and what is needful for you to do before and during it write only to tell you I am well Mr. Colebrooks, the minister of Swisserland's secretary, I got this morning to write a letter for you to the governor of the Custom-House Office at Calais
it shall be sent you next post.
You must be cautious about Scotch snuff take half-a-pound in your pocket, and make Lyd do the same. 'Tis well I bought you a chaise there is no getting one in Paris now, but at an enormous price for they are all sent to the army, and such a one as yours we have not been able to match for forty guineas, for a friend of mine who is going hence to Italy the weather was never known to set in so hot, as it has done the latter end of this month, so he and his party are to get into his chaise by four in the morning, and travel till nine and not stir out again
but I hope this severe heat will abate by the time you come here - however, I beg of you once more to take special care of heating your blood in travelling, and come tout doucement, when you find the heat too much - I shall look impatiently for intelligence from you, and hope to hear all goes well; that you conquer all difficulties, that you have re
ceived your passport, my picture, &c. Write and tell me something of everything. I long to see you both, you may be assured, my dear wife and child, after so long a separation — and write me a line directly, that I may have all the notice you can give me, that I may have apartments ready and fit for you when you arrive. For my own part I shall continue writing to you a fortnight longer - present my respects to all friende
you have bid Mr. C. get my visitations at P. done for me, &c. &c. If any offers are made about the inclosure at Rascal, they must be inclosed to me thing that is fairly proposed shall stand still on my score. Do all for the best, as He who guides all things will I hope do for us so heaven preserve you both believe me
Love to my Lydia -- I have bought her a gold watch to present to her when she comes.
TO THE SAME.
Paris, June 7, 1762.
I KEEP my promise and write to you again I am sorry the bureau must be opened for the deeds but you will see it done I imagine you are con. vinced of the necessity of bringing three hundred pounds in your pocket — if you consider Lydia must have two slight negligées you will want a new gown or two — as for painted linens, buy them in town, they will be more admired because English than French
Mrs. H. writes me word that I am mistaken about buying silk cheaper at Toulouse than Paris, that she advises you to buy what you want here
where they are very beautiful and cheap, as well as blonds, gauzes, &c. These I say will all cost you sixty guineas and you must have them
for in this country nothing must be spared for the back -- and if on an onion, and lie in a garret seven stories high, you must not betray it in your clothes, according to which you are well or ill looked on.
When we are got to Toulouse, we must begin to turn the
and we may (if you do not game much) live very cheap I think that expression will divert you God knows I have not a wish but for your health, comfort, and safe arrival here
write to me every other post, that I may know how you go on you will be in raptures with your chariot - Mr. R. a gentleman of fortune, who is going to Italy, and has seen it, has offered me thirty guineas for my bargain. You will wonder all the way, how I am to find room in it for a third
to ease you of this wonder, 'tis by what the coachmakers here call a cave, which is a second bottom added to that you set your
which lets the person (who sits over against you) down with his knees to your ancles, and by which you have all
and what is more, less heat, because his head does not intercept the fore-glass -- little or nothing · Lyd and I will enjoy this by turns; sometimes I shall take a bidet — (a little post-horse) and
before at other times I shall sit in fresco upon the arm-chair without doors, and one way or other will do very well. I am under infinite obligations to Mr. Thornhill, for accommodating me thus, and so