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XIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Conclusion
of the conversation and of the visit at Lady
.Betty's. Miss Byron professes herself disgust-
ed with Sir Hargrave Pollexfen; and mentions
several instances of his profligacy, .
XV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-By the com-
mand of her uncle Selby, Miss Byron resumes
her pen, to give him a sketch of her own cha-
racter, and of the various opinions that she sup-
poses might have been entertained of herself,
by each of the visitants at Lady Betty's. This
the young lady delineates under the semblance
of an epistolary communication, in which she
represents each of the visitors speaking in their
own persons, in their own style and character,
to the friend with whom each is supposed to be
holding correspondence,

XVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Rowland

Meredith, accompanied by Mr Fowler, his ne-

phew, again visits Miss Byron. Description of

the interview, and the conversation that passed

on the occasion. The young lady is affected

with the generous proposals of Sir Rowland,

and professes her esteem for him and his ne-

phew: but she permits the two gentlemen to

take leave of her, without affording them much

hope of succeeding,

XVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Har-

grave Pollexfen visits Miss Byron, and offers

his addresses to her: she refuses to encourage

his addresses: his angry behaviour on the occa-






XVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Mr Gre-
ville arrives in town, and sends his servant with
his compliments to Miss Byron : she is much
vexed on account of it. Sir Rowland Meredith,
Sir Hargrave Pollexfen, and Mr Greville, all
meet at Mr Reeves's house, at the same time,
on a visit to Miss Byron. Sir Rowland, pre-
vious to the arrival of the two other gentlemen,
entreats and obtains from the young lady a short
private conference with her, and, with tears, en-
treats her favour to his nephew: she urges the
impossibility of granting the young man the
least ground to hope that his addresses can be
encouraged by her,

XIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The visit to

Miss Byron farther described. Sir Hargrave

and Mr Greville arrive at Mr Reeves's just

after the young lady's conference with Sir Row-

land Meredith. The manner in which the two

gentlemen introduced themselves, and their con-

versation with the young lady, are detailed at

length. Sir Hargrave at last withdraws in a

rage at Miss Byron's frankness in declaring her






disapprobation of his morals. Miss Byron con-
cludes her letter with an apostrophe to the supe-
rior virtues of Mr Fowler, Sir Rowland, and Mr
Orme, when compared with Sir Hargrave,
XX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Hargrave
Pollexfen renews his visit to Mr Reeves: but
Miss Byron resolutely refuses seeing him: he
departs in a rage, swearing that she shall be his
in spite of every opposition. Mr Greville also
visits Miss Byron again, and importunes her to
give him her assurance that Sir Hargrave shall
not be the man of her choice: his impassioned
behaviour described,



XXI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Account of
Miss Byron's visit to Miss Clement's: that
lady's talents and qualifications. Sir Hargrave
Pollexfen still haunts Mr Reeves's house,
XXII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Mr Greville
returns into the country: his parting with Miss
Byron described. Another visit from Sir Har-
grave Pollexfen: his abject behaviour: Miss
Byron forbi his future visits: and he leaves
her with great indignation, uttering impreca-
tions and reproaches. Having thus gotten rid
of her troublesome visitors, Miss Byron men-
tions to her friend, that on the ensuing evening
she is to accompany Lady Betty Williams to a
masquerade her own assumed character to be
that of an Arcadian princess. She then minute-
ly describes every part of her dress, and expresses
doubts how she shall acquit herself in the part
she has to sustain,


XXIII. Mr Reeves to George Selby, Esq.-Af-
ter a sorrowful preface, Mr Reeves discloses the
unpleasant intelligence which he has received
respecting Miss Byron: that young lady, he
observes, had been with her friends at the mas-
querade, and was clandestinely conveyed thence;
nor, after the most diligent inquiries, could the
least clue be obtained for solving the mystery,
either whither or by whom she had been carried
off. He then details the particulars of Miss
Byron's movements prior to her being missed:
and notices the persons most likely to have been
the perpetrators of the villainous transaction,
XXIV. Mr Selby to Archibald Reeves, Esq.-
After expressing his own grief at the sorrowful
intelligence communicated by Mr Reeves, re-
specting his niece, he runs into an invective
against masquerades,

XXV. Mr Reeves to George Selby, Esq.-At-

tempts are made to discover the villains who

had carried off Miss Byron: detail of the in-

formations that are obtained: strong suspicions

attached to her own servant Wilson.-Good ti-

dings! A letter from Miss Charlotte Grandison

to Mr Reeves states, that Miss Byron is safe,

and in honourable hands. Sir Charles Grandi-

son, the hero of this Work, is here first intro-

duced to the reader's notice: he courageously

ventures his own life, to save the honour of the

young lady; and, to rescue her from the hands

of an unfeeling villain, exposes himself to the

fury of the disappointed ravisher, who wounds

the gallant hero, but does not himself escape

unhurt; and, to add to his chagrin, is forced to

resign his lovely prize just at the moment when

he was exulting in his security of possession.

The ravisher proves to be Sir Hargrave Pollex-


XXVI. Mr Reeves to George Selby, Esq.-Mr
Reeves visits Miss Byron at Sir Charles Grandi-
son's house. He describes the kind reception he
meets with from Miss Grandison, and learns

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from her some additional information concern-

He is afterwards introduced,

ing the rescue.

with great caution, into Miss Byron's chamber;

whom he finds very weak, yet greatly rejoiced

to see him. He repeats the conversation that

passed on the occasion; and the farther conver-

sation he had with Miss Grandison while he

had withdrawn with that young lady, to give

Miss Byron an opportunity of rising,

XXVII. Mr Reeves to George Selby, Esq.-Mr

Reeves resumes the subject which he had com-

menced in his last letter. He states, that during

the time he had withdrawn with Miss Grandi-

son, Miss Byron had risen from her bed, but,

finding herself unable to sit up, is obliged to

lie down again. Mr Reeves, being desirous of

returning home with intelligence respecting

Miss Byron, is constrained by Miss Grandison

to await the arrival of her brother, and dine

with them. Sir Charles Grandison arrives: Mr

Reeves is greatly pleased with his polite beha-

viour, and the cordial welcome he receives from

him and gives a description of his person. Sir

Charles favours Mr Reeves with an account of

what passed between himself and Sir Hargrave

Pollexfen, in the rescue of Miss Byron. The

mutual affection between Sir Charles Grandison

and his sister, highly exemplary. Miss Byron

succeeds better in her second attempt to rise,

and is, though not without difficulty, enabled

to sit up for half an hour. Her manner of ex-

pressing her gratitude to Sir Charles and his

sister: their kind behaviour to her,

XXVIII. Mr Reeves to George Selby, Esq.-Mr

Reeves again visits Miss Byron at Sir Charles

Grandison's, and finds her recovered beyond his

hopes. Characters of Sir Charles and his sister.

Miss Byron is conveyed to town in Sir Charles's

coach, he and his sister accompanying her; and

Mr Reeves riding on horseback. The whole

party arrive safely at Mr Reeves's house. In-

teresting account of the joyful meeting of Mrs

Reeves and Miss Byron, and her worthy friends.

Additional particulars relative to Sir Hargrave


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XXXI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Farther
continuation of Miss Byron's narrative. The
suborned priest is interrupted in his reading the
matrimonial service by Miss Byron's agitations:
Sir Hargrave urges him to proceed; which he
makes several ineffectual attempts to do. The
women of the house endeavour to persuade Miss
Byron to a compliance, alleging the honourable
intentions of Sir Hargrave, his wealth, and
comeliness of person; all which considerations
she repulses with disdain, and offers them half
her own fortune, if they would assist to convey
her back to her friends, which, however, Sír
Hargrave prevents them from doing. Sir Har-
grave, in tearing Miss Byron from the women,
severely bruises her against the door; and is
somewhat moved at his own violence, though
not so as to desist from his injurious intentions, ib.
XXXII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The nar-
rative still continued. Sir Hargrave, being se-
riously alarmed at the symptoms of Miss By-
ron's hurt, dismisses the priest, and changes his
He endeavours to extort from her a

promise of acceding to his proposals. On her

refusal to comply with his wishes, he is greatly

displeased. Forces her to put on a capuchin;

and prevents her from speaking to the women

of the house. He then forcibly carries her from


the house in a chariot, escorted by several of his

men on horseback,

XXXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Conclu-

sion of Miss Byron's narrative. She describes

the cruel treatment she experienced from Sir

Hargrave Pollexfen, while travelling with him

in the chariot; confining her mouth with a

handkerchief to prevent her from crying out for

help; and threatening her with the most rigid

treatment, unless she acquiesced in his wishes.

Deprived of air, and her eyes even confined

from sight, she journeys a considerable time in

uneasiness and suspense, till, by a providential

accident, which delayed the progress of the cha-

riot, she gains the wished-for opportunity of

making her distress known to a friend; her cries



reached the ears of Sir Charles Grandison; nor
did she raise her voice to one inattentive to her
suit; he rescued her from her ravisher, and con-
veyed her safely to his own house; and thus,
after bestowing a short panegyric on the virtues
of her generous deliverer, Miss Byron concludes
her narrative,
XXXIV. Sir Charles Grandison to Archibald
Reeves, Esq. Declares that he has received a
long exculpatory letter from William Wilson,
the treacherous servant who betrayed Miss By-
ron into the hands of Sir Hargrave Pollexfen.
Sir Charles states it as his opinion, that it would
be preferable, if, instead of punishing the young
man, his penitence were accepted, and lenity
shewn him, and even encouragement afforded
him for his future well-doing,
XXXV. William Wilson to the Honourable Sir
Charles Grandison, Bart.-He makes a general
acknowledgment of his guilt, and confesses that
he betrayed Miss Byron to Sir Hargrave Pollex-
fen. He gives an account of the early part of
his life, while engaged in the service of the li-
bertine, Bagenhall; on whose death he engages
with Sir Christopher Lucas, a profligate equal
to the former in every species of villainy. He
then attaches himself to Mr Marceda, the friend
and companion of Sir Hargrave Pollexfen; and
each of these gentlemen afford him full scope
for the exercise of his talents to the supplanting
of virtue. He describes the means by which he
got introduced to Miss Byron, and mentions her
receiving him as her servant. The stratagem he
made use of to separate Miss Byron from her
friends on the night of the masquerade; and an
account of the family to whose custody she was
delivered by Sir Hargrave. Explanation of some
circumstances which the young lady hinted at
in her narrative; and many additional particu-
lars which she herself had not attained the know-
ledge of respecting Sir Hargrave's designs against
her. A full developement of these is subjoined,
and the farther schemes he was preparing to
execute, when she met with her gallant deli-
verer, and obtained at once a deliverance from
her persecutor, and from her unmerited suffer-
ings. Wilson renews his protestations of peni-
tence, and promises amendment of life, if Sir
Charles would intercede with Miss Byron's
friends to drop all legal prosecutions against
him; and farther informs Sir Charles, that Sir
Hargrave is secretly plotting to take away his
life, and cautions him to guard against the se-
cret machinations of this desperate man,

XXXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Com-

ments on Wilson's letter to Sir Charles Grandi-

son. A minute description of the characters and

persons of Sir Charles Grandison and his sister;

their amiable manners, and the general esteem

in which they are holden by all within the circle

of their acquaintance. Miss Byron attempts to

express her own sense of the obligations she is

under to them; and gives her friend an unre-

served statement of her own sentiments in fa-

vour of Sir Charles, confessing the impressions

he has made on her heart,

XXXVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Row-

land Meredith pays Miss Byron a farewell vi-

sit. Miss Grandison favours her with a friend-

ly call, in her own and her brother's name, to

inquire after her welfare. Miss Byron notices

that young lady's affability, and repeats the

sprightly conversation that passed between


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XLI. From the Countess-dowager of D-

Mrs Selby. The letter enclosed in the forego-


XLII. Mrs Selby to the Countess-dowager of

D. Mrs Selby, after thanking her ladyship

for her good opinion of herself, and the honour

intended to her niece in the proposed alliance,

informs her, that Miss Byron has not yet seen

the man to whom, with her hand, she could

give her heart. Confesses to the lady, that nei-

ther herself, nor any of her family, have sought

to lay the least constraint on the young lady's

inclinations, leaving it entirely to her own choice

to decide in a matter that must involve the hap-

piness or misery of her future life; and con-

cludes with a statement of Miss Byron's fortune, ib.

XLIII. From the Countess-dowager of D to

Mrs Selby.-The Earl of D- from his mo-

ther's favourable report of Miss Byron, is great-

ly pleased at the steps she had taken to bring

about an alliance with her; and as to the in-

equality of her fortune, he does not allow that

to be an objection. Her ladyship expresses


great pleasure it will afford her to acknowledge

Miss Byron for her daughter,

XLIV. Mrs Byron to Miss Selby.-Miss Byron

replies to her aunt's letter. Animadverts upon

some points contained in that letter, and ex-

plains her own ideas on the subject of matrimo-

ny. She begs her aunt to thank Lady D-

in her name for her honourable proposals; but

entreats her to inform her ladyship that she

cannot accept of them, .


XLV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Account of

what passed in an interview between Sir Charles

Grandison and Mr Bagenhall, (on the part of

Sir Hargrave Pollexfen;) in which Sir Charles's

magnanimity so highly pleased Mr Bagenhall,


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XLVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Farther

account of what passed at Sir Charles Grandi-

son's. Repetition of the conversation at table, 114

XLVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Inter-


view between Sir Charles Grandison and Mr

Bagenhall, relative to the undecided quarrel

between the former and Sir Hargrave Pollex-

fen. The result of their conference. A meeting

agreed upon between the parties. Sir Charles

waits on Sir Hargrave at the appointed time.

Returns in safety, to the great joy of his friends, 120

XLIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Particulars
of what passed between Sir Charles Grandison
and Sir Hargrave Pollexfen; and the amicable
adjustment of the animosity subsisting between
them. Sir Hargrave waits on Miss Byron, to
entreat her forgiveness. Her terror on behold-
ing him again. The interview takes place in
the presence of Mr and Mrs Reeves. She grants
Sir Hargrave her forgiveness, but absolutely re-
nounces his offer of his hand and fortune,

L. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-After the inter-

view with Sir Hargrave Pollexfen, Miss Byron

receives a visit from Miss Grandison, and from

the Countess of D-

The Countess now re-

news personally the offers which she had before

made by letter to Miss Byron, respecting an al-

liance with her son; but the young lady still

declines accepting the proposal. Relation of the

conversation that took place between Miss Gran-

dison and Miss Byron after the departure of the


LI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Miss Byron
again unexpectedly meets Sir Hargrave Pollex-
fen. He still urges his affection for her; but
she peremptorily declines his suit, and entreats
him not to visit her any more.
humorous letter from Miss Grandison, inviting
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LII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Miss Byron

again visits the Grandison family in town, prior

to their setting off for Colnebrooke. Her ac-

count of the party she met there, and the con-

versation that passed,

LIII. Mrs Selby to Miss Byron. Declares her


approbation of Miss Byron's sentiments for Sir
Charles Grandison; but enjoins her to be cau-
tious, lest her gratitude should rise to a higher
passion, as not knowing whether his affections
may not be already fixed on some other woman.
She greatly extols Sir Charles's magnanimity,
and attests the general good opinion entertain-
ed of his virtues. Mrs Selby then adverts to the
generous offers made to Miss Byron by the
Countess of D-, and wishes her maturely to
weigh all the advantages she may derive from
accepting her ladyship's proposals, which she









points out; and requests Miss Byron to trans-
mit to her an explicit answer; whether, all
things considered, she shall be willing to give
her hand to Lord D-
LIV. Mrs Shirley to Miss Byron.-A letter
much in the same strain with the foregoing,
LV. Miss Byron to Mrs Selby.-Miss Byron in
this letter lays open her whole heart to Mrs
Selby; she acknowledges, that her gratitude to
Sir Charles Grandison has, indeed, ripened into
love; she is sensible of the honour done her by
the Countess of D-, but cannot, with jus-
tice, accede to her proposals Her gratitude and
esteem are the only return she can make to her
ladyship for her kindness,


LVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Miss Byron

mentions her arrival at Colnebrooke, the coun-

try residence of Sir Charles Grandison. She

commences a history of the Grandison family, 154

LVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby. She pro-




LIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The history
of the Grandison family farther continued,.
LX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Continuation
of the history of the Grandison family,

LXI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same,

LXII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same,

LXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 174

LXIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 178

LXV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same,

LXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 184


LXVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 186

LXVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 187

LXIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-The same, 188

LXX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby-Conclusion

of the history of the Grandison family, to the

period when Miss Byron was rescued by Sir

Charles Grandison from the base attempts of Sir

Hargrave Pollexfen, when she first became ac-

quainted with the family,.

LXXI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.—Various re-
flections on love, marriage, &c. The Countess
of D- is much disappointed, that Miss By-
ron refuses to marry the Earl, her son,

LXXII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Wilson,

the treacherous servant, who betrayed Miss By-

ron into the hands of Sir Hargrave Pollexfen at

the masquerade, having professed his penitence

and sorrow for his former ill-spent life, is, by

the interest and friendly exertions of Sir Charles

Grandison, supplied with a competence to en-

able him to settle in business; and he allies

himself to a virtuous woman,

LXXIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-History

of Mr Danby. Conversation between Sir Charles

Grandison and his sister, .

LXXIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.—Miss Gran-
dison declares to her brother the origin and pro-
gress of her attachment to Captain Anderson, 201

LXXV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

Grandison convinces her sister that Captain An-

derson is a man totally unworthy of her esteem,

and advises her to break off all correspondence

with him. Miss Grandison's letter to the Cap-


LXXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Conver-
sation between Lady L- Miss Grandison,



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culars respecting Mr Beauchamp,
LXXXIV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Reflec-
tions on love, &c. Discourse between Miss
Grandison and Miss Byron, .

I.XXXV. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett.

-Sir Charles is solicited to go over to Bologna.

His anxiety to see Miss Jervois, his ward, com-

fortably settled in life. His sentiments respect-

ing Miss Byron. He wishes to make that young

lady the guardian and companion of his ward, 234

LXXXVI. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Obser-


vations made by Miss Byron's uncle and aunt

respecting the conversations related in some of

her preceding letters. Miss Jervois's affection

for her guardian. Character of that young lady, 237

LXXXVII. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bart-

lett. Account of a visit Sir Charles received

from Mrs Jervois, the mother of his ward. The

purpose of her visit being to withdraw her

daughter from the guardianship of Sir Charles, 239

LXXXVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Mrs


O'Hara (the mother of Emily Jervois,) and her

husband, Major O'Hara, arrive abruptly at

Colnebrooke during the absence of Sir Charles

Grandison, and insist on seeing Miss Jervois.

Lord L, Sir Charles's brother, knowing the

evil disposition of this woman, and her desire

to withdraw her daughter from the guardian-

ship of Sir Charles, peremptorily refuses to let

her see her. The poor girl, hearing of her mo-

ther's arrival, and not daring to appear before

her, is relieved from her fears in some measure

by Miss Byron, who contrives to convey her from

the house without discovery by her mother, and

accompanies her in the carriage. Affecting

conversation that passed between the two young

ladies during their ride. The letter which Mrs

O'Hara left for her daughter,

LXXXIX. Mr Deane to Mrs Selby.-He de-

scribes his visit to Miss Byron, at Colnebrooke.

He proceeds to London, and waits on Sir Charles

Grandison; and thanks him for the relief he had

afforded to Miss Byron. Mr Deane commends

that young lady's virtues and personal accom-

plishments to Sir Charles, in order to discover

whether he entertained a mutual affection for

her; and he judges by Sir Charles's animated

replies, that his heart is indeed fixed on Miss

Byron. This intelligence Mr Deane communi-

cates with great exultation to Miss Byron's

friends; and sets forth in strong language the

virtues and manly qualifications of Sir Charles.

Short history of Miss Jervois,

XC. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.Interesting

conversation between Miss Byron and Miss Jer-

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pecting the qualifications and fortune of the
woman with whom his lordship might suitably
form a matrimonial alliance,

XCV. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Relation of

the happy manner in which Sir Charles Gran-

dison settled the affairs of the Danby family.

Dr Bartlett recites an instance of Sir Charles's

goodness to a mercantile family abroad, in can-

celling a bond for money lent by him. Miss

Byron expresses her alarm at Mr Deane's late

visit to Sir Charles, .

XCVI. Sir Charles Grandison to Dr Bartlett-Sir

Charles laments that he has not yet conquered

his own propensity to yield to sudden gusts of

passion. He relates an occurrence that had late-

ly raised his indignation; this was an insolent

visit from Mrs O'Hara and the Major, her hus-

band. The purport of their visit, and the dis-

dainful manner in which Sir Charles drives

them out of his house. They employ a petti-

fogging attorney to proceed against Sir Charles, 262

XCVII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles
Grandison returns to Colnebrooke. Conversa-
tion between him and the ladies. Sir Charles
comforts Miss Jervois, and assures her of his
protection against the insults of her unnatural
mother. His comments on the letter left by
that vile woman, when she made her rude visit
at Colnebrooke; with several particulars rela-
tive to her ill conduct towards her deceased hus-
band. Sir Charles advises his ward how to be-
have herself to her mother, and assists her in
writing a letter to her,.

XCVIII. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Interest-

ing conversation between Sir Charles Grandison

and his sister, &c.

XCIX. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles

Grandison is offended at his sister's coquetry,

but is soon reconciled to her. Miss Byron per-

mits Sir Charles to peruse some of her letters.

His handsome compliments to her on receiving



C. Miss Byron to Miss Selby.-Sir Charles Gran-

dison returns Miss Byron her letters, and ex-

presses himself highly gratified by the perusal.

Farther conversation between Sir Charles and

his sister,



Miss Byron to Miss Selby. Sir Charles

Grandison's narrative of the manner in which

he rescued Mr Danby from the murderous at-

tempts of his profligate brother. Sir Charles

receives letters which give him great uneasiness.

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