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Thursday night My Lord
   As I cannot have the happiness of seeing your Lordship to morrow, may not I write to you to night. Would it not be ungratefull if I should not thanks you for all the joy I have felt since last saturday? I am to go into the country to morrow, very uncertain whether the sun will shine as long as I stay there, which would be a great misfortune if I went to make hay, & would be some damp to my pleasure even as I intend to walk in the fields & groves, if I could not gild the scene by y=e= reflection of your Lordships felicity. I dare say my Lord Pulteney has not intimated to your Lordship the share he has had in the conquest we are so proud of; but Fame rather provoked than restraind by his reserves, echoes it through the Town, & I have heard the surrender of the Cittadel chiefly attributed to his Lordship spirited attacks of the redoubts. The extraordinary honour he has gain'd will pay [\your Lordship/] for all the uneasy hours you felt while the event was doubtfull. May every thing he undertakes terminate in an addition of honour to himself & of happiness to you! And God
grant you a long, serene, & pleasant evening, to that life of which the morning & noon were so bright & glorious! Like the sun, as long as you are above the horizon, you will give light & life to all around you. Your Lordships counsils will assist your Sovereign, your wisdom & experience direct & your eloquence animate your country men, so while I wish your Lordship the serenity of the evening, I do notfear your sinking into the idle repose & the obscurity of night. But pray be carefull of your health, & let your friends have the joy of meeting your Lordship well & happy at Tunbridge. M=r= Montagu has been so good as to say I may go thither, & I have engaged M=r= Morleys house from the third of june. I have wrote your Lordship a very long note, however you may endure it [\with/] the more patience as you was in danger of having a letter from me which was much longer, but the news of your arrival in Town stopt its going to the post, & my note shall not be sent to Piccadilly till I am set out for Sandleford, that your Lordship may not have the trouble to answer it. M=r= Montagu & I propose to have the honour of drinking a dish of chocolate with you in our return to Town if you are then
at Ives place. With the greatest regard
   I am my Lord
   your most Obed=t= H=ble= Ser=t=
   E: Montagu
[\ADDRESS\] To / The Earl of Bath