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<Q A 1767? TC EC EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO ELIZABETH CARTER. 1767 AUG 6. SANDLEFORD, BERKS. MO 3202}]
Thursday y=e= 6=th= My dear friend,
Enclosed in this small space is all my knowledge of Fable, Allegory, & what not. Please to read criticize & efface with all y=e= rigour you can that I may as well as possible escape y=e= sneering witt & beetle brow'd Aristarchus. I shall make notes of reference to (\l'histoire des lettres\) & also give at large lAbbé du Bos. Pray was there a tradition among y=e= Greeks that ye Eumenides pleaded against Orestes in y=e= Areopagus? L=d= Lyttelton told me he imagined by y=e= best of his memory that Demosthenes mentions it. I think he is [SEAL mistaken] & all that he builds this upon is, that the Orator boasted of Minerva's being present there on ye tryal of Orestes. If the Venerable Goddesses were to come into our Houses of Parliament how frighted w=d= be y=e= Pension'd crew! & poor Minerva w=d= be a mere Old maid (^whom no body knows.^) I shall leave this place tomorrow or saturday sennight, but if you can send this back by y=r= post on monday I might receive it here on wensday which w=d= be convenient.
(\Adieu\) my dear friend many letters to write & weather that advises rather to walk. I am quite well, I long to hear you are so.
Ever more affectly
EM If you dont send this till after ye time mentiond direct it to M=r= Montagu
[\ADDRESS\] To / M=rs= Carter / at Deal / Kent / Free / Edw: / Montagu