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CII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

Grandison has a conference with Miss Byron in

Lord L's library: he there discloses to her

his solicitude for the happiness of his sister

Charlotte; and promises her a recital of those

occurrences that occasioned his uneasiness, . . 285

CIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

Grandison commences his narrative: he first

pays a tribute of gratitude to Dr Bartlett, ac-

knowledging the great advantages he had de-

rived from that good man's instructions. Sir

Charles travels into Italy, and becomes ac-

quainted with a Florentine lady, named Olivia:

he renders her a slight service at the opera, and

thereby involuntarily gains her affections: re-

jeeting her proffered love, he incurs her hatred,

and, to escape her revenge, he is compelled to

leave Florence. Sir Charles then gives a brief

history of the family of Porretta; and how he

became acquainted with that family by rescuing

Jeronymo della Porretta from the hands of as-

sassins: the gratitude of the family on the oc-

casion. Sir Charles's first interview with Cle-

mentina della Porretta, the amiable sister of

Jeronymo he is affectionately received by her,

and gains the appellation of her tutor; having,

at the request of her brothers, undertaken to

initiate her and them in the knowledge of the

English language. Character of the Count of

Belvedere, an admirer of the Lady Clementina:

she rejects his suit. Sir Charles traces the pro-

gress of his own affections for that lady, and

hers for him; and states the obstacles he had

to encounter with from the pride of the family,

difference in religion, &c. Clementina is seized

with a dangerous malady; and Sir Charles is

forced, by her family, to quit Bologna, and not

permitted to pay her a farewell visit. Miss

Byron's description of her own feelings during

Sir Charles's recital,

CIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles
Grandison makes an apology to Miss Byron for
the uneasiness he had caused her by the affect-
ing incidents in his own narrative; and refers
her to Dr Bartlett for an explanation of many
important particulars omitted, or slightly hint-
ed at, by himself. Miss Byron describes what
she felt on learning that the affections of Sir
Charles Grandison were pre-engaged. Discourse
between her and Miss Grandison,

CV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Dr Bartlett's

first letter to Miss Byron, containing transcripts

from Sir Charles's letters to himself from Bo-

logna: viz. The debate between Sir Charles

Grandison and Signor Jeronymo and his com-

panions at their first acquaintance: The parti-

culars of the conference which Sir Charles was

put upon holding with the Lady Clementina in

favour of the Count of Belvedere; and which her

father and mother, unknown to either of them,

overheard: and, The conference which Sir
Charles was also put upon holding with the
unhappy Lady Clementina, on her being seized
with melancholy.-Miss Byron hints her inten-
tion of returning to her friends in Northampton-
shire. Her remarks on the conduct of the Por-
retta family. Confers with Dr Bartlett. Draws
a parallel between her own case and that of
Clementina. Confesses that she begins to feel
pity for that unhappy lady,
CVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Characteristic
description of Miss Grandison's conduct to Lord

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G-, her admirer. Miss Byron discloses to
Miss Jervois the secret of her guardian's affec-
tion for the Lady Clementina della Porretta:
the manner in which that young lady received
the intelligence. Sir Charles Grandison's taste
for improvements on his estates, described by Dr
Bartlett. Miss Byron declares her apprehen-
sions, that Sir Charles, in his late conference
with her, had seen through the thin veil that
covered her regard for him, and detected the
real sentiments of her heart in his favour,

CVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

Grandison arrives at Colnebrook to breakfast:

Miss Byron endeavours to appear cheerful be-

fore him, but fears she acquitted herself awk-

wardly and affectedly; and wishes to quarrel

with him in her mind. Sir Charles sets out to

dine with Sir Hargrave Pollexfen. Miss Byron

is favoured with another packet from Dr Bart-

lett, relative to what took place at Bologna in

the Porretta family after the departure of Sir

Charles Grandison. The packet contains an ac-

count of the particulars of Mrs Beaumont's ma-

nagement of Clementina at Florence; and how

she brought that young lady to acknowledge her

love for Sir Charles, which she had so long kept

secret from her mother, and all her family:

also the reason of Clementina's cheerful beha-
viour, on Sir Charles Grandison's departure from
Bologna through the constraint of her family,. 311

CVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-A third

packet from Dr Bartlett; containing the parti-

culars of Sir Charles Grandison's reception from

the Marchioness della Porretta and her daughter

Clementina on his return to Bologna, at the in-

vitation of Signor Jeronymo,.

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the Porretta family assembled: their different
characters clearly displayed on this occasion;
and the affectionate parting of Sir Charles and
his friend Jeronymo,

CXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-An eleventh

letter from Dr Bartlett: Signor Jeronymo writes

to Sir Charles Grandison an account of what

farther passed in conversation between the fa-

mily after his departure,


CXIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Dr Bart-

lett's twelfth letter: Sir Charles Grandison takes

leave of his friends at Bologna, and is setting

out for Florence; when he receives a friendly

letter from Signor Jeronymo, by which he learns

that Clementina had earnestly entreated her fa-

ther to permit her to see him once again before

his departure; but that she had met with an

absolute refusal: Jeronymo also describes the

ill-treatment of his sister by her aunt, and her

resignation under her trials. Sir Charles arrives

at Naples, and there visits Clementina's brother,

the General: account of his reception, and of the

conversation that passed between them,


CXV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Dr Bartlett's

thirteenth letter; containing an account of Sir

Charles Grandison's final departure from Italy;

and various matters relative to the Porretta fa-

mily; the persecutions Clementina endured from

her relations; and a letter Sir Charles Grandi-

son received from Mrs Beaumont.-Dr Bartlett

concludes with an apostrophe on the brevity of

all human affairs,

CXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Explana-

tion of the causes of Sir Charles Grandison's

uneasiness, occasioned by intelligence lately

brought him from abroad. Miss Byron wishes

that Sir Charles was proud and vain, that she

might with the more ease cast off her acknow-

ledged shackles. She enumerates the engage-

ments that engross the time of Sir Charles; and

mentions his tender regard toward the two sons

of Mrs Oldham, the penitent mistress of his fa-

ther Sir Thomas. A visit from the Earl of G

and his sister Lady Gertrude,

CXVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles
Grandison dines with Sir Hargrave Pollexfen
and his gay friends; his reflections on the riots
and excesses frequently committed at the jovial
meetings of gay and thoughtless young men.
Sir Charles negotiates a treaty of marriage for
Lord W; and resolves to attempt the re-
storing of the oppressed Mansfield-family to
their rights,

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CXXII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.Sir Charles
Grandison communicates to Miss Byron the
farther distressing intelligence he has received
from Bologna. His friend Signor Jeronymo
dangerously ill, his sister Clementina declining
in health, and their father and mother absorbed
in melancholy. This communication comes
from the Bishop of Nocera, Clementina's se-
cond brother, who entreats Sir Charles to make
one more visit to Bologna. Farther affecting
information from Mrs Beaumont respecting
Lady Clementina's cruel treatment at the palace
of Milan, and her removal from thence to
Naples. Sir Charles resolves on going to Bo-
logna. Miss Byron's dignified and generous
conduct on the occasion,

CXXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Informs
her of the generosity and kind condescension of
Sir Charles to Mrs Oldham and her family, as
related by Miss Grandison. Their difference of
opinion on that subject,

CXXIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-An early

visit from Miss Jervois, who communicates

with much pleasure the particulars of a late in-

terview she had with her mother. Relates a

conversation that passed between her guardian,

Mrs O'Hara, and Captain Salmonet. Describes

the affectionate behaviour of Sir Charles to her,

on introducing her to her mother; and his kind

instructions concerning her deportment on the

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CXXV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

solicits his sister to fix the day for her marriage

before he leaves England. Visit from Lord

G, the Earl, and Lady Gertrude. Miss

Grandison unusually thoughtful all the time
of dinner. The Earl of G and Lady Ger-
trude request a conference with Sir Charles after
dinner. Purport of it.
Miss Grandison's re-
luctance to so early a day as her brother names,
but at length accedes to his powerful entreaties,
though wholly unprepared, she says,.
CXXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Serious
conversation between Miss Byron and Miss
Grandison concerning the approaching mar-
riage. The latter expresses her indifference for
Lord G- ; compares his character with that
of her brother; entreats Miss Byron to break-
fast with her the next day, and to remain with
her till the event takes place,

CXXVII. Miss Grandison to Miss Byron.-

Ludicrous description of three marriages given by

Miss Grandison, with the anticipation of her own, 389

CXXVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Great

preparations for Miss Grandison's marriage:

her generous offer to -Miss Byron of her share

of her mother's jewels, who refuses to accept of

them, and gives her opinion as to their dispo-

sal. Miss Grandison is pleased with the hint,

and acts accordingly. Account of Dr Bartlett's

interesting conversation with Miss Byron on the

subject of Sir Charles going to Italy, and his at-

tachment to Miss Byron. The young lady's

emotions. Her alternate hopes and fears. She

resolves on relinquishing Sir Charles in favour

of Lady Clementina,

CXXIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Debate

concerning the place where the marriage cere-

mony is to be performed. Conversation between

Miss Byron and Miss Grandison interrupted by

Lady Gertrude. Miss Byron expresses much

concern for Lord G- from Miss Grandi-

son's present conduct to him, but is inclined to

hope that an alteration may be effected, . . . 391

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tation to dinner. Account of a matrimonial al-

tercation, and of the arrival of Lady Olivia, 407

CXXXV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Encloses

Lady G- -'s letter, and describes her concern

for Lord G-

CXXXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Lady
Olivia is introduced to Miss Byron. Some
traits in that lady's character related by Dr
Bartlett. She declares her passion for Sir
Charles to Lady L. She endeavours to pre-
vail on him to defer his voyage, and is indig-
nant at meeting with a refusal. Miss Byron's
exalted behaviour,

CXXXVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Con-

versation with Sir Charles concerning Lord and

Lady G. His anxiety for their happiness;

but hopes much from Miss Byron's influence

over his sister,

CXXXVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir

Charles departs unexpectedly, from the kindest

motives. The concern and solicitude of his

friends. Miss Byron's mind much agitated.

The eldest of Mrs Oldham's sons presented with

a pair of colours by Sir Charles,

CXXXIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Ac-

count of Lady Olivia's behaviour. Her horrid

attempt to stab Sir Charles. Miss Byron de-

scribes the state of her own mind, and resolves

to return to Northamptonshire,.

CXL. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Particulars

of a very interesting conversation with Mrs

Reeves and Lady D- Miss Byron's inge-

nuous reply to Lady D. -'s interrogation.

Her explanation of some of Sir Charles's ex-

pressions in the library. Conference which had

formerly embarrassed her,

CXLI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Prepara-

tions for her journey into Northamptonshire.

Regrets at parting with friends. Lady Olivia

is desirous of visiting Miss Byron. Remarks

on politeness. Unpleasant consequences some-


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scription of her journey. Account of those
friends who accompanied her to Dunstable;
and of those friends who met her there from
Northamptonshire; of Mr Greville and Mr
Fenwick's collation for her at Stratford; of Mr
Orme against saluting her by the highway-side,
as the coach passed his park-wall; and of her
kind reception at Selby-House,.

CXLVIII. Lady G to Miss Byron.-The

opinions of the Dunstable party respecting Miss

Byron. Charms of the mind superior to those

of person. Lady G's opinion of Miss By-

ron's aunt Selby, and of her cousins Lucy and

Nancy; thinks her uncle's wit too much stu-

died; defends her own character, and the attack

made by herself and sister on Miss Byron at

Colnebrooke. Lord G proposes parting

with his collection of moths and shells; gives

the latter to Miss Jervois, at his lady's request,

and presents Lady G with a set of old Ja-

pan china,


CXLIX. Miss Jervois to Miss Byron. Her re-

gret at parting with Miss Byron at Stratford.

Encomiums on her guardian and Mr Beau-

champ. Censures the conduct of Lady G-

to her lord. Instance of her dutiful behaviour

to her mother, on accidentally meeting with



CL. Miss Byron to Lady G. Reproves Lady

G for her levity. Does not find the society

of her country friends relieve the anxiety of her

mind. Laments the absence of those she has

just left. Is visited by Mr Fenwick, Mr Gre-

ville, and Mr Orme. Mr Greville's rudeness,

and her own magnanimity. Hears of Sir Har-

grave Pollexfen's return,


CLI. Lady G to Miss Byron.—Ideas of fe-

male delicacy. Report of Sir Hargrave's return

confirmed. Sir Charles meets with an adventure

on the road to Paris. Delivers Sir Hargrave

and Mr Merceda from the chastisement of an

enraged husband. Sir Charles's firmness and

temper on the occasion,


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CLII. Lady G to Miss Byron.-Reflections

on the amusements of London. Her love of con-

tradiction. She pins her apron to Lord G's

coat, and blames him for it. He wishes her to

be presented at court. Quarrel on the occasion, 444

CLIII. Lady Gto Miss Byron.-Favourable

issue expected of the law-suit between the Mans-

fields and the Keelings. Mr Everard Grandison

ruined by gamesters, and threatened with a pro-

secution for a breach of promise of marriage.

The arrival of her aunt Eleanor. Sir Hargrave

and Mr Merceda in a dangerous state.


Bagenhall obliged to marry the manufacturer's
daughter of Abbeville, whom he had seduced.
Miss Clements comes into a fortune by the death
of her mother and aunt,

CLIV. Mr Lowther to John Arnold, Esq.-Quits

Paris with Sir Charles, and arrives at St Jean

Maurienne. Description of the country. Mr

Lowther is detained by indisposition. Sir Charles

and he proceed on their journey. Account of

the manner of crossing the mountains. They

arrive at Parma. Their reception by the Bishop

of Nocera and Father Marescotti,.

CLV. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.—

The Bishop of Nocera's melancholy account of

the health of his brother and sister. The Count

of Belvedere acquaints Sir Charles with his un-

abated passion for Lady Clementina. Affecting

interview between Sir Charles and Signor Jero-

nymo. He is kindly received by the Marquis

and Marchioness. The sufferings of Jeronymo

under the hands of an unskilful surgeon, with a

history of his case. Sir Charles tells the Mar-

chioness, that he considers himself bound by

his former offers, should Clementina recover.

The interested motives of Lady Sforza and Lau-

rana for treating Clementina with cruelty. Re-

marks on Lady Olivia's conduct, and on female

delicacy. Sir Charles recommends Miss Byron

as a pattern for his ward, and laments the de-

pravity of Sir Hargrave and his friends,.

CLVI. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.-

The Count of Belvedere arrives at Bologna. His

ingenuous behaviour to Sir Charles respecting

a subject that his heart was deeply interested in.

More particulars relating to Lady Clementina,

communicated by the Bishop at his return from

Urbino. He describes her as a picture of silent

woe; and greatly emaciated. The name of Lau-

rana fills her with terror. Dialogue between

Lady Clementina and Camilla,.

CLVII. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett..

Lady Clementina is brought from Naples and

Urbino to Bologna. Great hopes of Jeronymo's

amendment are entertained. Camilla waits on

Sir Charles, and shortly after he is visited by

the Bishop and the General. Spirited conver-

sation with the latter, whom Sir Charles com-

pares to Naaman the Syrian. The General is

at length subdued by the noble sentiments of

Sir Charles, and they separate fully reconciled.

Sir Charles sets out for the palace of Porretta, in

expectation of being admitted to the presence of


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with Sir Charles. Her behaviour truly affect-
ing. Sir Charles receives a letter from his cou-
sin, Mr Everard Grandison, and expresses great
concern for that gentleinan's misconduct. Fur-
ther reflections on Sir Hargrave, Mr Merceda,
and Mr Bagenhall. Sir Charles's generous in-
tentions towards a family in France,

CLX. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.-

Hopes are entertained of the recovery of Jero-

nymo and Clementina, from the mode of treat-

ment prescribed by the English physician.

Lady Clementina, by degrees, becomes less ab-

sent in her interviews with Sir Charles. He

visits Florence. Her behaviour on his return, 466

CLXI. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.

Conference between Sir Charles, the Marchio-

ness, and Father Marescotti. Sir Charles's ex-

pectations on the event of Lady Clementina's

recovery. He again declares himself bound by

his former promises, but allows the family to

be free. Offers to pay his proposed visit to the

General, that his presence may not farther en-

gage the young lady's affection. Their admira-

tion of his noble conduct, .

CLXII. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.-

Interview between Sir Charles and Clementina.

He apprizes her of his intended journey. Her

incoherent behaviour. She consents to his de-


CLXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Lady

Olivia visits Miss Byron at Selby-House. She

expresses her hatred to Clementina, and her

high opinion of Sir Charles. Professes great

esteem for Miss Byron,

CLXIV. Miss Byron to Lady G. Remarks

on Sir Charles's letter from Italy. Reproves

Lady G- for perverseness and levity. Miss

Byron anticipates her own behaviour to Clemen-

tina, should she be united to Sir Charles,

CLXV. Miss Byron to Lady G. Farther

remarks on Sir Charles's subsequent letters,

CLXVI. Lady G to Miss Byron.-Com-
plains of Lord G's behaviour; that he is
careless and imperious, from the treatment he
meets with from Lady G. She overhears
him lamenting to her aunt Eleanor. Her con-
duct on this occasion. Their confusion,

CLXVII. Lady G to Miss Byron.-Ac-

count of her being reconciled to her aunt, on

condition that the latter will not again interfere

between man and wife. Is offended with her

lord for taking a house without consulting her.

How she intends taking revenge. She irritates

him, and he breaks her harpsichord in his rage.

Conversation with her lord through the medium

of her aunt Eleanor; and serious debate on Lady

G's conduct to her lord between them,.

CLXVIII. Lady G to Miss Byron. An af-
fecting scene between Lord and Lady G-
The transports of Lord G. Visit to North-
amptonshire proposed. Lady G- -'s concilia-
ting behaviour to her husband,.
CLXIX. Sir Charles Grandison to Mr Grandi-
son. The opinion of Sir Charles respecting
debts of honour: advises his cousin how to
conduct himself under present difficulties, and
recommends it to Mr Grandison immediately to
join him in Italy,
CLXX. Lady G to Lady L Particu-
lars of her journey to Northamptonshire. Cha-
racters of Mrs Shirley, Mrs Selby, Miss Lucy
and Miss Nancy Selby, Miss Kitty and Miss
Patty Holles, and Mr James Selby. Miss By-
ron's health visibly declines; yet she assumes

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CLXXXI. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. Much uneasiness occasioned to the family

of Porretta by the Count of Belvedere's visit.

Clementina is greatly agitated, in expectation

of a visit from Sir Charles: her behaviour in

this interview truly pathetic: she fears her re-

solution may fail her in communicating her de-

termination, therefore gives him a written paper

containing very powerful arguments against their

union. Sir Charles is greatly affected at the pe-

rusal, but applauds the piety and generous sen-

timents of the lady. She requests another inter-

view. Scene of a very affecting nature ensues.

Sir Charles is encouraged by Lady Clementina's

family to entertain hope,

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CLXXXII. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. Sir Charles is much indisposed, and his

mind extremely embarrassed. He pays another

visit to the palace of Porretta, and, while con-

ferring with the family, Lady Clementina un-

expectedly enters: imagines herself slighted by

Sir Charles: she explains to her mother the mo.

tives of her self-denial. Farther proofs of Sir

Charles's greatness of mind on this trying occa-


CLXXXIII. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. Clementina's family are doubtful of her

being able to persist in her late resolution, but

determine not to influence her conduct. Lady

Clementina declares that her principal regard

for Sir Charles is for the safety of his immortal

soul. Father Marescotti is discovered listening

to their discourse: noble demeanour of Sir

Charles to him on the occasion. The Count of

Belvedere visits Sir Charles with a brace of

pistols, and tells him his determination. Sir

Charles expostulates with, and appeases the

Count, who resigns the pistols, .

CLXXXIV. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett.-Change of religion proposed to Sir Charles

by desire of Lady Clementina, and earnestly

pressed upon him by the whole family,

CLXXXV. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. Discourse with the Bishop, Father Mares-

cotti, and Clementina, on the same subject. She

expresses her anxiety, that they may be able,

by argument, to convince the judgment of Sir

Charles: they inform him of this: he applauds

her noble and uniform conduct, and makes one

more effort to obtain her consent on the terms

agreed upon with her family: she is almost pre-

vailed on, but recovers herself, and refers him to

the written paper: then endeavours to induce

him to change his religious principles, and

makes an offer of her hand on that condition, . 517

CLXXXVI. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. The Count of Belvedere visits Sir Charles,

and acknowledges his conciliating behaviour in

their last interview. Sir Charles is much indis-

posed, but does not complain, thinking it might

seem a love artifice. Clementina proposes try-

ing the firmness of her resolution by absence.

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