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Bullstrode Aug: y=e= 20=th=
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   I wish I could say by way of preface to my letter that I received yours, but your dislike of so vulgar an Expression makes you very carefull of giving your correspondents an opportunity of making use of it, however while you permit me to write I shall venture to do it even without that easy way of address. I find our good friends have at last pitch'd upon a Candidate [\for the County/] but am inform'd the strength of Claret at first put them out of the power of pronouncing two such difficult names as Roger Twisden, had any Gentlemans name been bottle he had certainly then been named. I am charged with many compliments to you from Lord Oxford, who has now a warm fit of fondness for you, but the heat of his friendship is very apt to intermitt, however at this present writing he certainly loves you extreamly, the Countess is gracious to the last degree, but they hinder our Parties abroad. the Duke & Dutchess were so obliging as to carry me to see Windsor Castle last week,
It is so delightfull a Place & so fine a Palace I am surprized his Majesty does not spend his Summers there, I should think it was as well as going to Hanover, we were much disappointed by a shower of Rain which prevented our walking in the little Park as we had proposed, but that project with many others must be defer'd till we are alone again; the same day we were at Windsor we went to see a little Island with the Thames running round it, which the Duke of Marlborough purchased & has beautified at the expense of about eight thousand pound, it is a pretty thing, very suitable to a little genius & a small place, there is too great an Embaras of buildings upon it, the finest of which I think something ressembling the Temple of Janus, he has a better title to build one to War than to fame, for he has got a Commission but Renown I believe is what he will never gain. he is spending as much in this Country as he can, he sent out a few days ago for fourscore [\WORD DELETED\] Workmen to improve a Place he never proposes to live at after the old Duchess dies, his Grandfather
Now saved a People & now saved a groat, but such a Warrior & such an Oeconomist is this Gentleman he will never save either. [\9 LINES CROSSED OUT BY MM? The sparks of life & vanity are at length extinguish'd in Lady Kaye, I don't hear that she has left your acquaintance S=r= John any thing, I believe every thing goes to her daughter, it is very happy for Lady North that she has inherited nothing from her but her Riches, to whom she has bequeath'd the Residue of her complexion I don't know, she had some tolerable features as eye brows lips & teeth to dispose of, with the best Red & white, very probably her Sister Izabell Lady Clifton will purchase them.\] Lady Andover told me in a letter I received from her last post that M=rs= Botham was grown very grave, a great Workwoman & an Excellent housewife; if that is the case M=r= Botham preaches to those of his household as well as those of his Parish, it seems she designs to nurse her child herself, which I am sorry to hear, for the poor thing will certainly come to an unfortunate end, & those good friends who seem'd to promise an Encrease of family to M=r= Botham may by their
Romps rob him of an heir. I am charged with the several compliments of Lord & Lady Oxford, my Lady Dutchess, Lord Dupplin & M=r= John Hay to you, I think the civilest [\thing/] I can say my self will [\be/] what will put an End to all other impertinence so S=ir= be assured the first thing I think tho the last thing I say is that I am
   Your most Dutiful
   And most Obedient Daughter
   E Robinson
   I beg my Duty to my Mother.