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<Q A 1771? T RB EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO RICHARD BERENGER. [?1771.] BL 59438. DROPMORE PAPERS. VOL DLXXXIV, F. 123}]
Trusty & right Valorous Knight, flower of Chivalry, Mirror of Courtesy, Glory of Arms.
Whatever be thine adventure, whether it be to Cope with some Giant Critick in single combat, or to fight (\a toute outrance\) with the Regiment of Critical Reviews, most joyfull shall I be to furnish [\thee/] with lance or target, spear or shield, or any arms offensive or defensive that may serve [\thee/] in th imminent & deadly breach.
The learned & Courteous Baron Lyttelton, skill'd in love of Chivalry, much commends thy book, & as I trust thy Courtesy will on some [\UNCLEAR\] while Palfrey put a side saddle for use of Damsel Errant, I do insist on being a Subscriber, but as y=e= gentle name of Elizabeth might disgrace thy perilous adventure in litterature, put down S=r= [\Guyin\] the red cross Knight 5:5.=L8= under which name I will pay the Squire thy bookseller on demand. I have sent ye first Vol of ye Memoires de la [\Chevalere\] the other I cannot find to night, but tomorrow morn at ye Hour of dawn, when the renounced Don Quexote
used to address his [\?Craisons\] to the fair Dulcinea I will rise & seek the second Volume. [\Mayst\] then in fame surpass the renounced Amadis de Gaule, Palmeris of England, & all (\les preux Chevaliers\) of antient times.
I am in plain prose words, but [\with/] most heroick sentiments Yours &c
[\ADDRESS\] To / Rich=d= Berenger Esq=r=