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copies of them to Lady Clementina, the Count,
CCXCIII. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Lady Clementina's agony of mind, on perusing
the proposals. Lady Grandison urges her to
accept of them: she promises to consider of it;
and, after much difficulty, is prevailed on by
Sir Charles. Lady Clementina writes to Lady
Grandison, entreating her supporting hand, on
being introduced to her parents,
CCXCIV. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Lady Clementina's observations on the condi-
tions proposed. She is introduced to her family,
who receive her with transports of joy; and a
very affecting scene takes place. Sir Charles
invites the family to dine with him on the en-
suing Friday, and to sign the articles. Lady
Clementina and Mrs Beaumont visit Sir Charles
and Lady Grandison. Sir Charles requests that
Lady Clementina will permit the Count of Bcl-
vedere to see her before he leaves town,
CCXCV. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Lady Grandison is present at the birth of Lady
G's daughter. The Earl and Lady Gertrude
much disappointed. Signors Sebastiano and
Juliano are introduced to, and kindly received
by, Lady Clementina. Mr Greville is rejected
by Miss Selby. Lady Grandison is rejoiced at
hearing of it; for though she wishes Mr Gre-
ville well, yet she wishes Miss Selby better,
CCXCVI. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Account of what passed on the day appointed
for signing the articles. Description of Lady
Clementina's interesting appearance, and dutí-
ful behaviour to her parents. Her interview with
the Count of Belvedere. Her generous reasons
for not accepting his addresses, command the
unanimous admiration of all. The family ac-
cept of Sir Charles's invitation to Grandison-
Hall, in hopes that their worthy host and host-
ess will accompany them back to Italy,.
CCXCVII. Lady Grandison to Lady G-
count of their arrival at Grandison-Hall, and
CCXCVIII. Miss Lucy Selby to Lady Grandi-
30.-Particulars of a conversation that passed
at Shirley-Manor between Mrs Shirley and se-
CCXCIX. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley-De-
scribing the happiness of herself and Sir Charles,
and their manner of passing the time at Gran-
CCC. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley-Lady
Grandison owns her happiness to be so perfect,
that she has nothing to pray for but a continu-
ance of her present felicity, and that Clementina
could be settled in some way agreeably to her
own wishes. Reflections on marriage, as a duty.
Arrival of Lady G Lady Grandison is
charmed with the great alteration in her beha-
viour. Conference overheard by Lady G
between Lady Clementina and Mrs Beaumont, 756
CCCI. Lady G to Miss Selby-In her usual
CCCII. Lady G to Miss Selby-Informing
CCCIII. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley-On
CCCIV. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Lady Clementina a constant attendant on Lady
Grandison in her illness: accuses herself as be-
ing the cause of it, and laments coming to Eng-
land. Lady Grandison's health much amended:
she converses with Sir Charles on the visible
uneasiness preying on Clementina's mind. Lady
Clementina discloses the chief cause of her sor-
rows to Lady Grandison, and still wishes to as-
CCCX. Lady Grandison to Miss Jervois-In an-
CCCXI. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley
Lady Clementina receives another visit from the
Count of Belvedere, and appears interested in his
conversation. The Marchioness informs Lady
Grandison of the death of Laurana, as commu-
nicated by Giacomo in a letter to Jeronymo,
CCCXII. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.Sir
Charles Grandison's reflections on the death of
Laurana. Lady Clementina sends a letter to
her parents, containing propositions for the re-
gulation of her future life. They are overjoyed
at her determination; and Sir Charles commu-
nicates the intelligence to the Count of Belve-
dere, who has another interview with Lady Cle-
CCCXIII. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-In
what manner Lady Clementina receives the news
of her cousin Laurana's death. Plan settled by
Lady Clementina respecting the future visits of
Sir Charles, his lady, and sisters, to her family
at Bologna. Her parting scene with the Count
of Belvedere. Affecting conversation between
Sir Charles, Lady Grandison, and Lady Clemen-
tina, in the garden. Sir Charles resolves to
build a temple on the spot, sacred to friendship,
and to call it by the name of Clementina,
CCCXIV. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley.-
Lady Grandison takes a survey of their present
happy situation, and expresses her gratitude to
CCCXV. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley-
The Porretta family set out for Dover, accom-
other friends. Sir Charles attends them to Ca-
CCCXVI. Lady Grandison to Mrs Shirley
Death of Sir Hargrave Pollexfen: his agony of
mind on the near approach of that awful period.
He warns his surrounding friends; and con-
trasts the happiness of Sir Charles Grandison
NAMES OF THE PRINCIPAL PERSONS.
George Selby, Esq.
John Greville, Esq.
Robert Orme, Esq.
Sir Rowland Meredith, Knt.
James Fowler, Esq.
Sir Hargrave Pollexfen, Bart.
The Earl of L-, a Scotch Nobleman. Thomas Deane, Esq.
SIR CHARLES GRANDISON, Bart.
James Bagenhall, Esq.
John Jordan, Esq.
Sir Harry Beauchamp, Bart.
Edward Beauchamp, Esq. his son.
The Rev. Dr Bartlett.
Lord W. Lord G
uncle to Sir Charles Grandison. son to the Earl of G-.
THE Editor of the following Letters takes leave to observe, that he has now, in this publication, completed the plan that was the object of his wishes, rather than of his hopes, to accomplish.
The first collection which he published, entitled PAMELA,' exhibited the beauty and superiority of virtue in an innocent and unpolished mind, with the reward which often, even in this life, a protecting Providence bestows on goodness. A young woman of low degree, relating to her honest parents the severe trials she met with, from a master who ought to have been the protector, not the assailer, of her honour, shews the character of a libertine in its truly contemptible light. This libertine, however, from the foundation of good principles laid in his early years by an excellent mother; by his passion for a virtuous young woman; and by her amiable example, and unwearied patience, when she became his wife; is, after a length of time, perfectly reclaimed.
The second collection, published under the title of CLARISSA,' displayed a more melancholy scene. A young lady of higher fortune, and born to happier hopes, is seen involved in such variety of deep distresses, as lead her to an untimely death; affording a warn ing to parents against forcing the inclinations of their children in the most important article of their lives; and to children, against hoping too far from the fairest assurances of a man void of principle. The heroine, however, as a truly christian heroine, proves superior to her trials; and her heart, always excellent, refined and exalted by every one of them, rejoices in the approach of a happy eternity. Her cruel destroyer appears wretched and disappointed, even in the boasted success of his vile machinations: But still (buoyed up with self-conceit and vain presumption) he goes on, after every short fit of imperfect, yet terrifying conviction, hardening himself more and more; till, unreclaimed by the most affecting warnings, and repeated admonitions, he perishes miserably in the bloom of life, and sinks into the grave, oppressed with guilt, remorse, and horror. His letters, it is hoped, afford many useful lessons to the gay part of mankind, against that misuse of wit and youth, of rank and fortune, and of every outward accomplishment, which turns them into a curse to the miserable possessor, as well as to all around him.
Here the Editor apprehended he should be obliged to stop, by reason of his precarious state of health, and a variety of avocations which claimed his first attention: But it was insisted on by several of his friends, who were well assured he had the materials in his power, that he should produce into public view the character and actions of a man of TRUE HO
He has been enabled to obey these his friends, and to complete his first design; and now, therefore, presents to the Public, in Sir CHARLES GRANDISON, the example of a man acting uniformly well through a variety of trying scenes, because all his actions are regulated by one steady principle: A man of religion and virtue; of liveliness and spirit; accomplished and agreeable; happy in himself, and a blessing to others.
From what has been premised, it may be supposed, that the present collection is not published ultimately, nor even principally, any more than the other two, for the sake of entertainment only. A much nobler end is in view. Yet it is hoped the variety of characters and conversations necessarily introduced into so large a correspondence as these