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the French women not that I think ill of them all, but sometimes women of the best principles are the most insinuating nay, I am so jealous of you that I should be miserable were I to see you had the least grain of coquetry in your composition. You have enough to do - for I have also sent you a guitar and as you have no genius for drawing (though you never could be made to believe it), pray waste not your time about it

Remember to write to me as to a friend

in short, whatever comes into your little head, and then it will be natural. If your mother's rheumatism continues, and she chooses to go to Bagnieres, tell her not to be stopped for want of money, for my purse shall be as open as my heart. I have preached at the Ambassador's chapel Hezekiah* (an odd subject your mother will say)

There was a concourse of all nations, and religions too. I shall leave Paris in a few days. I am lodged in the same hotel with Mr. T—; they are good and generous souls

Tell your mother that I hope she will write to me, and that when she does so I may also receive a letter from my Lydia. Kiss your mother from me, and believe me

Your affectionate

L. STERNE.

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York, August 6, 1764. MY DEAR FOLEY, THERE is a young lady with whom I have sent a letter to you, who will arrive at Paris in her way

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* See Sermon XVII.

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If I get a

my friends

Italy her name is Miss Tuting; a lady known and loved by the whole kingdom: if you can be of any aid to her in your advice, &c, as to her journey, &c., your good-nature and politeness I am sure need no spur from me to do it.

- I was sorry we were like the two buckets of a well, whilst in London, for we were never able to be both resident together the month I continued in and about the environs. cough this winter which holds me three days, you will certainly see me at Paris the week following, for now I abandon every thing in this world to health, and to

for the last sermon that I shall ever preach was preach'd at Paris — so I am altogether an idle man, or rather a free one, which is better. I sent, last post, twenty pounds to Mrs. Sterne, which makes a hundred pounds remitted since I got here. You must pay yourself what I owe you out of it and place the rest to account. Betwixt this and Ladyday next, Mrs. Sterne will draw from time to time upon you to about the amount of a hundred louis but not more (I think) I having left her a hundred in her pocket. – But you shall always have money before-hand of mine, and she purposes to spend no further than five thousand livres in the year but twenty pounds this way or that makes no difference between us. Give my kindest compliments to Mr. P- I have a thousand things to say to you, and would go half-way to Paris to tell them in your ear.

The Messrs. T-H-, &c. and many more of your friends with whom I am now, send their service Mine to all friends. Yours, dear F., most truly,

L. STERNE.

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XLIX. TO J H S------, ESQ.

September 4, 1764. Now, my dear, dear Anthony I do not think a week or ten days playing the good fellow (at this very time) at Scarborough, so abominable a thing — but if a man could get there cleverly, and every soul in his house in the mind to try what could be done in furtherance thereof.

I have no

one to consult in this affair therefore as a man may do worse things, the English of all which is this, that I am going to leave a few poor sheep here in the wilderness for fourteen days - and from pride and naughtiness of heart to go see what is doing at Scarborough — Steadfastly meaning afterwards to lead a new life and strengthen

Now some folks say there is much com

and some say not and I believe there is neither the one nor the other but will be both, if the world will have but a month's patience or

No, my dear H~, I did not delay sending your letter directly to the post.

As there are critical times, or rather turns and revolutions in *** humours, I know not what the delay of an hour might hazard I will answer for him, he has seventy times seven forgiven you and as often wish'

you at the d-1. After many oscillations the pendulum will rest firm as

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I send all kind compliments to Sir C. D— and G-s. I love them from my soul. If G-t is with you, bim also. — I go on, not rapidly, but well enough, with my uncle Toby's

There is no sitting, and cudgelling one's brains whilst the sun shines bright

'twill be all over in six or seven weeks, and there

s amours.

are dismal months enow after to endure suffocation by a brimstone fire-side. - If you can get to Scarborough,

- do. A man who makes six tons of alum a-week may do any thing Lord Granby is to be there what a temptation!

Yours affectionately,

L. STERNE.

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Coxwould Thursday, (Sept. 1764.] MY DEAR COUSIN, I am but this moment returned from Scarborough, where I have been drinking the waters ever since the races, and have received marvellous strength, had I not debilitated it as fast as I got it, by playing the good-fellow with Lord Granby and Co. too much. I rejoice you have been encamp'd at Harrowgate, from which, by now, I suppose you are decamp'd — otherwise, as idle a beast as I have been, I would have sacrificed a few days to the God of laughter with you and your jolly set. — I have done nothing good that I know of, since I left you, except paying off your guinea and a half to K—, in my way thro' York bither I must try now and do better

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for a month. Your affectionate

L. STERNE.

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LI. TO MR. FOLEY, AT PARIS.

York, Sept. 29, 1764. MY DEAR FRIEND., HAVING just had the honour of a letter from Miss Tuting, full of the acknowledgements of your attention and kind services to her, I will not believe these arose from the D. of A-'s letters, nor mine. Surely she needed no recommendation the truest and most honest compliment I can pay you is to say they came from your own good heart, only you was introduced to the object for the rest followed in course However let me cast my mite of thanks to the treasury which belongs to good-natured actions. I have been with Lord G-y these three weeks at Scarborough the pleasures of which I found somewhat more exalted than those of Bagnieres last year. I am now returned to my Philosophical hut to finish Tristram, which I calculate will be ready for the world about Christmas, at which time I decamp hence, and fix my head-quarters at London for the winter unless my cough pushes me forwards to your metropolis or that I can persuade some gros my Lord to take a trip to you - I'll try if I can make him relish the joys of the Thuilleries, Opera Comique, &c.

I had this week a letter from Mrs. Sterne from Montauban, in which she tells me she has occasion for fifty pounds immediately Will you send an order to your correspondent at Montauban to pay her so much cash and I will in three weeks send as much to Becket But as her purse is low, for God's sake write directly. Now you must do something equally essential to rectify a mistake in the mind of your correspondent there, who it seems gave her a hint not long ago, “that she was separated from me for life" Now as this is not true in the first place, and may give a disadvantageous impression of her to those she lives amongst 'twould be unmerciful — to let her, or my daughter, suffer by it; so do be so good as to undeceive him

for in a year or two she proposes (and indeed I expect

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