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genteelly, for 'tis like making a present of it. – Mr.
T. will send you an order to receive it at Calais
and now, my dear girls, have I forgot any thing?

Adieu! Adieu!
Yours most affectionately,

L. STERNE.

A week or ten days will enable you to see every thing - and so long you must stay to rest your bones.

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Paris, June 14, 1762. MY DEAREST, HAVING an opportunity of writing by a friend who is setting out this morning for London, I write again, in case the two last letters I have wrote to you this week should be detained by contrary winds at Calais

I have wrote to Mr. E-, by the same hand, to thank him for his kindness to you in the handsomest manner I could and have told him, his good heart, and his wife's, have made them overlook the trouble of having you at his house, but that if he takes your apartments near him they will have occasion still enough left to shew their friendship to us

I have begged him to assist you, and stand by you, as if he was iu my place with regard to the sale of the Shandys and then the copyright --- Mark to keep these things distinct in

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head But Becket I have ever found to be a man of probity, and I dare say you will have very little trouble in finishing matters with him and I would rather wish you to treat with him than with another man

but whoever buys the fifth and sixth

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of Shandys, must have the nay-say of the seventh and eighth* -- I wish,when you come here, in case the weather is too hot to travel, you could think it pleasant to go to the Spa for four or six weeks, where we should live for half the money we should spend at Paris after that we should take the sweetest season of the vintage to go to the south of France but we will put our heads together, and you shall just do as you please in this, and in every thing which depends on me — for I am a being perfectly contented when others are pleased

to bear and forbear will ever be my maxim — only I fear the heats through a journey of five hundred miles for you and my Lydia, more than for myself. Do not forget the watch-chains - bring a couple for a gentleman's watch likewise; we shall lie under great obligations to the Abbé M., and must make him such a small acknowledgment; according to my way of flourishing, 'twill be a present worth a kingdom to him

They have bad pins, and vile needles here - bring for yourself, and some for presents as also a strong bottle-screw, for whatever scrub we may hire as butler, coachman, &c. to uncork us our Frontiniac. You will find a letter for you at the Lyon d'Argent - Send for your chaise into the court-yard, and see all is right Buy a chain, at Calais, strong enough not to be cut off, and let your portmanteau be tied on the fore-part of your chaise, for fear of a dog's trick ----so God bless you both, and remember me to my Lydia. I am yours affectionately,

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L. STERNE.

* Alluding to the first edition.

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Paris, June 17, 1762.
MY DEAREST,
PROBABLY you will receive another letter with this
by the same post

if so, read this the last It will be the last you can possibly receive at York, for I hope

Ι it will catch you just as you are upon the wing

if that should happen, I suppose in course you have executed the contents of it, in all things which relate to pecuniary matters, and when these are settled to your mind, you will have got through your last difficulty every thing else will be a step of pleasure, and by the time you have got half-a-dozen stages, you will set up your pipes and sing Te Deum together, as you whisk it along. Desire Mr. C to send me a proper letter of attorney by you, he will receive it back by return of post. You have done every thing well with regard to our Sutton and Stillington affairs, and left things in the best channel if I was not sure you must have long since got my picture, garnets, &c., I would write and scold Mr. T-, abominably -- he put them in Becket's hands to be forwarded by the stagecoach to you, as soon as he got to town. I long to hear from you, and that all my letters and things are come safe to you, and then

you
will
say

I have not been a bad lad — for you will find I have been writing continually,

as I wished you to do. Bring your silver coffee-pot, 'twill serve both to give water, lemonade, and orfead

- to say nothing of coffee and chocolate, which, DA

the bye, is both cheap and good at Toulouge, like other things - I had like to have forgot a inost necessary thing, there are no copper teakettles in Fransiscard

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we shall find such a thing the most comfortable utensil in the house — buy a good strong one, which will hold two quarts

a dish of tea will be of comfort to us in our journey south I have a bronze tea-pot, which we will carry also as china cannot be brought over from England, we must make a villanous party-coloured tea-equipage, to regale ourselves and our English friends, whilst we are at Toulouse I hope you have got your bill from Becket. There is a good-natured kind of a trader I have just heard of, at Mr. Foley's, who they think will be coming off from England to France, with horses, the latter end of June. He happened to come over with a lady, who is sister to Mr. Foley's partner, and I have got her to write a letter to him in London, this post, to beg he will seek you at Mr. E—'s, and, in case a cartel-ship does not go off before he goes to take you under his care. He was infinitely friendly, in the same office, last year to the lady who now writes to him, and nursed her on ship-board, and defended her by land with great good-will. Do not say I forget you, or whatever can be conducive to your ease of mind in this journey - I wish I was with you, to do these offices myself, and to strew roses on your way

but I shall have time and occasion to shew you I am not wanting Now, my dears, once more pluck up your spirits trust in God

and in yourselves with this, was you put to it, you would encounter all these difficulties ten times told Write instantly, and tell me you triumph over all fears; tell me Lydia is better, and a helpmate to you — You say

she grows like me let her show me she does in her contempt of small dangers, and fighting against the apprehensions of them, which is better still. As I will

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not have F.'s share of the books, you will inform him so - Give my love to Mr. Fothergill, and to those true friends which envy has spared me

and for the rest, laissez passer -- You will find I speak French tolerably

but I only wish to be understood. You will soon speak better; a month's play with a French Demoiselle will make Lyd chatter like a magpie. Mrs. understood not a word of it when she got here, and writes me word she begins to prate apace, you will do the same in a fortnight - Dear Bess, I have a thousand wishes, but have a hope for every one of them you shall chant the same jubilate, my dears, so God bless you. My duty to Lydia, which implies my love too. Adieu, believe me Your affectionate,

L. STERNE.

Memorandum: Bring watch-chains, tea-kettle, knives, cookery-book, &c. You will smile at this last article

80 adieu At Dover, the Cross Keys; at Calais, the Lyon D'Argent the master, a Turk in grain.

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Paris, July 9, 1762. I will not send your ladyship the trifles you bid me purchase without a line. I am very well pleased with Paris indeed I meet with so many civilities amongst the people here that I must sing their praises

the French have a great deal of urbanity in their composition, and to stay a little time amongst them will be agreeable. - I splutter French so as to be Sentimental Journey, etc.

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