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<Q A 1742 FN ED EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO EDWARD MONTAGU. MO 2139. AUGUST 27, 1742. ALLERTHORPE, YORKSHIRE}]
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Allerthorpe Aug y=e= 27=th=
1742
Dear Sir
I am almost afraid you have flatter'd yourself with the hopes of not being troubled with a letter this Post because it is but three days since you left me; time indeed goes an equal pace & the clock a regular Machine measures it as equally, but it is differently measured by our minds as we are in different situations, some days the hours run laughing by so swift & merrily we do not count their steps, at others, they tread a heavy march & we keep a long account of tedious delay: thus tho' in times, & perhaps your account, you have been away but three days, in mine you have been absent long enough if not to allow me to [\complain, yet/] sufficient to authorize me to redress it by taking this way of conversing with you; it is said Wives will always have the last word, for my part I had rather have the first, for I shall think it the best end of speaking to induce you to answer, it is cheifly in this hope I have taken up my pen & ink. I had yesterday in the afternoon the favour of a visit from Lady Graham, S=ir= Reginald did not come with her knowing you was at Newcastle; I like her Ladyship extreamly, she is very conversable & wellbred, & I believe a very good Woman she seems to me more lovely than a quart bottle; her beauty & good
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Qualities might have promised a better Fate; I felt for her what the happy (as I am) are least apt to feel, compassion: the felicity of a different fortune has taught me to pitty her as much as the unhappiness of a like one could have done; I could not help thinking if Fate had reversed our fortunes and sent me to Norton & her to Allerthorp how I had suffer'd by the change; Happiness which is the proposed end of all our pursuits is seldom the reward of them; the Ambitious seek for it in power, the Avaricious in Riches, the Profuse in expence, the Vain in Pomp, the Industrious in Labour, & the Idle in Ease; but power has many disquietudes, Avarice no satisfaction, extravagance draws after it much inconvenience, & Labour & Idleness both end in weariness of Spirit; I think if there be really a State of felicity on Earth it must be in the Married [\state? INTO Life\] the Persons & Interests of other friends may [\be/] divided, but here mutual [\Interest be INTO Confidence\] built on mutual Interest must create agreement of opinion & of wishes, a competent fortune & a reasonable mind, [\& INTO merit?\] & well deserving towards all the World & no particular dependance upon any in it, must surely make two people happy, but for a few that go the strait Road to Happiness how many deviate to the by Roads of Humour, [\but INTO &\] how very fortunate are those few who in the Person they love meet with the Principles of honour & virtue to guide them thro' the World, but this my lot so happy & so rare shall not breed in me that insolence of opinion that I deserve it, [\by INTO but\] I will still look up to Heaven & you with gratitude & continual acknowledgments. Lord Castlecomar was on the Road to visit you yesterday, but being inform'd you was at Newcastle he turn'd back, & sent a message that he would wait on you at your Return. Young M=rs= Carter
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And as he continues to be saucy & declares he cares not as there are places enough to be had &c I do not much care to trust him to drive me, till you are here to keep him in order; nevertheless if you would have me make use of him I will surely do it, for it is much more my business to obey you than to command him; I assure you what I did was to satisfy my dignity & not my Anger, for it is not in the power of these sort of people to provoke me when I see those so much better inform'd by Education committing crimes against the whole World, & these poor Creatures only omitt a triffling obligation from which negligence one receives no hurt; however one must not suffer oneself to be disobey'd if one would ever have any order or quiet in a family; I have troubled you with more upon this head than I w=d= have [\done/] because it is of real concern to me that you should be convinced I am not ready to find fault with any one who in the least degree may have been serviceable to you, but M=r= Carter will tell you it was Harrys intention to behave thus. I rejoyce you had so good weather for y=r= journey I hope your business will give you as little trouble as is possible, your fellow traveller is certainly the best assistant in the World, he is that righte[{ous IN MARGIN{] Man of whom David says look whatsoever he doeth it shall prosper! Our boxes came safe, the book you enquired after is come with them, & I have sent you the papers which you said you wanted, they were unsealed & at the outside of the book so I imagined I might look into them, & I have copy'd them that if they should be lost by my sending them to Newcastle I may not have put you to any inconvenience by doing this without y=r= orders. I think one of the letters which came by this Post is directed by y=r= Sister, if there [\is/] inclosed an answer to the letter I wrote her, pray read it & send it to me next post. My Sister desires her best respects to you, the Children their most thankfull regards. My complim=ts= attend my friend M=r= Carter I am Dear Sir with the most gratefull affection your Obedient & Faithfull E Montagu