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as a fine Woman, speaking of her Person, he takes Care to let her know, at the Conclusion of another of his Letters, that his Thoughts are turn'd quite another Way. There he says:
The Days of Beauty are as the Days of Greatness, and as long as your Eyes make their Sunshine, all the World are your Adorers: I am one of those unambitious People, who will love you forty Years hence, when your Eyes begin to twinkle in a Retirement, for your own Sake, and without the Vanity which every one now will take to be thought,
not before known of the long Efteem, and loving Friendship subsisting between them.
Before he left Oxford, he prepar’d her for his coming to Town, by a Letter which speaks of his Arrival there, and the Reception he met with, take it in his own Words:
Conduct he shew'd under it, tho' he then labour'd with the racking Pains of the Stone, one of which, a very considerable one, he at that Time voided.
Mrs. Blount had always a very gallant Spirit, the would often with to fee fuch Sights as Armies, Encampments, and Standards waving over her Brother's Grounds and Fields, and would talk of Battles and Bloodshed as familiar as if the was no Ways afraid of them, which some other Ladies us’d to call Barbarity, and wonder how the could talk, or even think of such cruel Things without Tears, and aking Heart; ab (she'd make Answer) it would be a glorious Sight; so many fine Officers, fine Gentlemen, fine Soldiers, fine Colours, fine Horses, 'twould be prodigious Pleasure to see.
Our Author, in the Beginning of the Reign of the late King, knowing her Disposition, gives her Notice to the Country where she was, of a Sight going to be, that must certainly please her. His Letter runs thus :
THOSH, of howe Show with the Carme Tents
are Peedily to infinitely aime Show Slaughteruch Miss
THOSE Eyes that care not how much Mischief
1 is done, or how great Slaughter committed, so they have but a fine Show; those very female Eyes will be infinitely delighted with the Camp which is speedily to be form'd in Hyde-Park. The Tents are carried thither this Morning, new Regiments, with new Cloaths and Furniture (far exeeeding the late Cloth and Linnen design'd by his Grace for the Soldiery.) The Sight of so many gallant Fellows, with all the Pomp and Glare of War yet undeform'd by Battle, those Scenes which England has for many Years only beheld on Stages, may possibly invite your Curiosity to this place.
Mrs. expects the Pretender at her Lodgings by Saturday se’nnight. She has bought a Picture of