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about her, has retained a very easyand unaffected manner. The first conversation we had together, equally pleased us both; and when we parted I desired leave to pay my respects to her; which she granted in so obliging a manner, that 1 waited with impatience for the time to avail myself of it. She is not of this place, but lives here with an aunt. The countenance of the old virago displeased me at first sight; however I paid her great attention, and often addressed myself to her. In about half an hour, I pretty nearly guessed what her niece has since acknowledged. This good aunt, who is in .">" x years, years, with a small fortune, and still smaller share of understanding, has no satisfaction but in the long list of her ancestors; no protection but her noble birth; this is the defence, the rampart with which she surrounds herself; and her only amusement is standing at her window to look down with sovereign contempt on the ignoble heads which pass under it in the street. This ridiculous old woman was formerly handsome, and many a young man was the sport of her caprice: that was the golden age. Her charms faded, she was forced to accept of an old half-pay officer, and be subservient to his "will: that was the age of brass. Now she is a widow, and deserted; was it not for her agreeable niece nobody would take notice of her :— this may truly be called the iron age.

LETTER XLI.

January 8,1772.

WHAT men are these!—Form occupies their whole souls; they can employ their time and thoughts for a whole year together, in contriving how to get nearer, byone chair only, to the upper end of the table.—And don't call it idleness; Vol. II. C for Tor on the contrary they increase their labour, by giving to these trifles the time they ought to employ in busi«esi. Last week,. in a party upon the ice in fledges, there was a dispute for precedence, and the party was immediately broken up.

The idiots F' they do not see that *tis not the place which constitutes real greatness: the man who enjoys the highest post very rarely acts the principal part -, many a king is governed by his minister, and many a minister by his secretary. Who is, in that case to be accounted the first, and chief? Is it not the man who.

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has the power or the address to make the passions of others subservient to his own designs?

LETTER XLII.

January 20. T MUST write to you from hence, ■*■ my dear Charlotte; from a cottage where I have been obliged to take shelter from a violent storm. In all the time that I have spent in that melancholy town, amidst strangers—strangers indeed to this heart— I have not been compelled to w.ite to you: but in this cottage, in this retirements in this sort of imprisonC z ment,

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