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<Q A 1760? TC BS EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO BENJAMIN STILLINGFLEET. MO 5113. 1760?
Tho I have got an inflammation in my eyes which almost incapacitates me for writing I cannot help telling you that D=r= Monsey has given me great pleasure, & fear I shall never be able to scold him again for being a blab when I owe so much joy to that quality on y=e= present occasion. When I consider your virtues & talents one by one, I am very [\much/] discontented at ye smalness of y=e= present fortune [\makes you/] when I consider them alltogether I find out that y=e= effect of such a combination is to be easily satisfied & above ye vanities of life, & I can better be pleased with what I hope is only an earnest of fortunes favour.
We had a rumour that his Prussian Majestys army had been beaten most unmercifully, it is now hoped the report was false. I have just received
A letter from M=r= Torriano who has been very good to me in taking much pains to find me lodgings at Tunbridge. & I shall now compass that [\matter\] & get there about ye 20=th= of this month. I have had a letter from Lady Frances Williams & M=rs= Trevor to day, they are both well. My complaint in my eyes almost gives me ye vapours, & I can by experience contradict M=r= Bruyeres maxim, (\qu'il vaut mieux passer sa vie à ne rien faire, qu' à faire des riens\) . Monsey & I love one another as if we were in y=e= first page of our novel, we have gone visiting [\in DELETED\] together in a post chaise, we have had assignations even at y=e= holy palace of y=e= Archbishop, besides ten thousand little tendernesses, indeed I think we have travelld through y=e= whole (\carte du tendre\) according to y=e= best edition of Clelies . M=r= Montagu desires his comp=ts=. Moncys letter to you arrived on Saturday but I was out of Town. I am Dear Sir
Y=r= Most affec=te= H=ble=