# BC_1753_EMONTAGU_GW

<Q A 1753? FO GW EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO GILBERT WEST. 1753? NOVEMBER 1. bMS ENG 1365 (157)}]
<P1>
Nov=ber= ye 1=st= [\ADDED 1753\] My most honor'd Cousin
Most truly hath the wise man said there is a time to rejoyce & a time to mourn, but we shortsighted mortals know not always the proper Seasons, thus was my excellent Cousin rejoycing in my recovery at the very time I was become ill again: but still his joy is not thrown away, & is a cordial of such virtue as to restablish my new returning health. Last saturday noon soon after my return from taking the air in the post chaise I was seized with a nervous tremor & great disorder, upon which I went to bed, in about two hours the agitation abated, & left no complaint but weakness & languor, & such a degree of fever as generally succeeds to these violent [\WORD INTO attacks\] . I have been very carefull of myself, have kept my person within the [\WORD INTO limits\] of [\my/] dressing room, my mind [\but\] have only Gently recreated in the fields of fancy. I order'd my apothecary to send from Newbury along with some Nervous medicines, Homers Odyssey, imagining my confinem=t=
<P2>
And solitude would be well [\inliven'd INTO enliven'd BY WHOM?\] by the adventures of the Man who, wandering from clime to clime, observant stray Their manners noted & their states survey'd. I was the more desirous to read them as two poets for whom I have great [\honor\] prefer this tunefull bard as a teacher of morals to the severer philosophers, for whose precepts the mind enervated by sickness is too weak; and indeed this has answerd as all must do which is undertaken by so good direction, and I have passd my hours in no unpleasing indolence, lolling in my great chair with the [\oddyssey INTO odyssey BY WHOM?\] in my hand. [\but INTO But\] unfortunate is the mind that is too delicate to bear the voice of [\wise DELETED\] [\wisedom/] [\widedom ORIGINALLY?\] unless attempted by Apollo's Lyre & must have an example of virtue & patience beautified with all the coloring of fancy & soften'd with the [\skelf\] touch of art [\WORDS INTO to make it\] a fit object for their tender sight. Ulysses refuses to listen to the Syrens tho they promise him instruction, so wary is wisedom, when the voice is too soothing to the ear, but he had a soul that could not [\be/] immersed in the waves of affliction, mine not able to buffet the stream, must borrow even the [\bladder\] of vanity to bear it up. I have given you this notable
<P3>
Eliza: Montagu.