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<Q A 1760? TC WP EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO WILLIAM PULTENEY, EARL OF BATH. MO 4500. 1760? C. MARCH 18}]
[\IN PENCIL 1762\]
Your Lordship could not be more disappointed than I was at L=d= P-s not coming to us, as I am sure your own heart does not more earnestly or anxiously desire whatever can be for your happiness than mine does; but I must beg that you do not chide my Lord P- for not coming, for fear it should pique him, & perhaps make him look hereafter on the lady [\thro\] the gloom of chagrin. I was much pleased with every thing she said during the evening. She seems perfectly unaffected, a little timid but not awkwardly bashfull, & I should imagine she has a more than ordinary share of good sense. Every good quality I see in her gives me double pleasure, as it is an equal security you will love her & she will love & honour you. The meeting which has faild here I will soon bring on at M=rs= Veseys, we will settle the manner whenever I can have an opportunity of speaking to your Lordship. If you think the meeting will appear more natural I will assemble a number of card tables for that purpose, as I cannot again very soon make a more private meeting, without appearing to court the [\BLOT: UNCLEAR\] family in a manner which will seem singular if L=d= P: not liking the lady it should never be explain'd. I hope your Lordship
did not increase your cold. I applaud my self much, that from an apprehension your Lordship might sit near the window, I had carefully stuff'd every crevice of it before you came.
Pray don't vex at the disappointment, I will sacrifice every delicacy to get these young people to meet when ever you please. If I can be the means of adding to your happiness it will make me amends for spasms in the stomach & ten thousand pains of the head & heart. It is a great happiness to me that you have a son in whom you may so justly take pride & pleasure. A man of ordinary merit would not have pass'd well through the World with a name to which you have given so much lustre, & tho the comparison with his Father would have hurt him less in your opinion than in that of any other person, you would have been mortified at the immense inequality. I hope in a grandson the grandfather will appear in full perfection, and that you & I shall live to see his virtues blossom in spite of the melancholly language you talk'd to [\me/] last monday night. I flatter myself your Lordship was as much mistaken when you complain'd of decay of health as I am sure you was when you talk'd of the failure of your mental faculties it was happy for me [\you/] join'd them together, as my confidence in the latter, guarded me a good deal against the apprehensions of the former, but let me know how you do to day. Your Lordship order'd me to tell you [\BLOT\] [\how the\] pain in my eye is this morning. I think it is not so bad as it was yesterday morning, nor so well as in the evening. I suppose I shall get well as soon as the weather permits me to take more air & exercise & not till then.
I have sent your Lordship M=r= Diderots comedy which I hope will amuse from its novelty. A new muse like a new mistress may please better than one more charming but less new, if mens heads are as fickle as their hearts. I think I told your Lordship that M=rs= Vesey desired the honour of y=r= company on sunday evening. If the weather does not permit your Lordship to go out of Town on monday, you had the goodness to promise to pass the evening here. Lord Lyttelton desired me to engage your Lordship to his house on tuesday evening but I hope you will disappoint us all by going into the Country for your hoarseness begins to alarm me how is it today? Did you ever drink seltzer water for a cough? It is very pleasant with Rhenish, & admirable for all disorders of the lungs, the best is to be had at M=r= Yager's an apothecary in Arlington Street, when taken without wine the cold should be just taken off. Your Lordship will be so good as to order y=r=servant when he brings me an account of y=r= health (which is all the answer you need take the trouble to give to this long scrawl) to stay for some Moorgame.
Your most Obliged &c