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Allerthorpe y=e= 21=st= of Nov:
[\IN PENCIL 1742\]
My Dear
   I had determined not to trouble you with a letter by this post, but M=r= Ed: Carter's desiring I would make a request in his name to you, I think gives me a pretence to write to you which you very prudently avoid by not answering my letters; at least a little excuse will serve when on the side of inclination so I will not neglect the opportunity this offers me of writing to you. [\Young/] M=r= Carter desired I would tell [\you/] he wish'd to be made a Commissioner of the Land Tax, & to distinguish him from his Father would be presented thus; Edward Carter of Theakson an Attorney of the common pleas at Westminster to be a Commissioner of the Land Tax.
   he dined with us, & drank tea here; of all my Neighbours I am much most glad to see him, as he has good sense agreable behaviour, & what I value most, a true regard & friendship for you: the attention & respect he pays to you I am convinced arises from gratitude & true Esteem, whereas the most civility that one meets with is rather from the expectation of favours to come
Than the Remembrance of those [\WORD INTO already\] received. I return you thanks for sending to the Duke of Portlands, I had a letter from the Dutchess the Post before in which she [\said she/] had been ill but was better. I would request of you not to take a footman that has not certainly had the Smallpox, for their falling sick tho' one may then remove them, gives me some uneasiness, having that exquisite sense of danger that the Vulgar call fear & Cowardice: & [\at/] present being of more than ordinary Consequence I should be a little disturb'd at such an accident. I was glad to hear of you to day by Griffith, but I think the best way will be to settle a Correspondence between him & Du four & then no love will be lost, which is not the case at present while my kind Epistles are thrown by: & for any thing I know their Correspondence may be what the french call (\tendre & animé\) : Pray present my Duty to my Father, I should have been glad to have supp'd in Doverstreet on wednesday night with so many of my friends; however time & patience, or indeed time without patience, will offer me a proper opportunity of coming, to Town. You will not expect
I should send you any news, all I know here is that if it does not snow it generally rains, & [\WORD INTO when\] it does neither it most certainly freezes: I take the liberty to enclose my [\WORD INTO letter\] to my Brother, for this being the one & twentieth letter I have wrote since you went away, franks begin to grow scarce. I wish you would send me down a Reemit if you have any opportunity. Pray desire Griffith to set the large oak Box that came up by the York Carrier in a dry warm Room, or my cloaths will be tarnish'd. & the fortitude of Woman cannot in one year endure to lose more than her complexion. My Sister desires her compliments. Farewell, my best wishes ever attend you, & my constant remembrance of you every hour speaks me with the most Entire affection
   E Montagu
[\ADDRESS\] To / Edward Montagu Esq=r= / Member of Parliament /
In Dover-Street / London