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My Lord
   I have made use of a silver eel from the River Kennet as Gentleman usher to my letter, but I protest he is rather the excuse than the reason of my writing for I lov[{e{] [\TEAR\] to tell your Lordship how much joy & pleasure I am in your debt, on account of the great praise I heard of Lord Pulteney[{s{] [\TEAR\] speech in the H: of Commons yesterday on the affair of the prize money. I suppd at M=rs= Veseys, where my Lord Lyttelton said every thing that could be said of Lord Pulteneys eloquence, & what will please you more, of the noble generosity of his sentiments. Lord Lyttelton intends to call on your Lordship this morning, but perhaps you will think what he says to you on the subject, may have a strain of compliment; but indeed I believe he will express him [\self/] with more moderation to your Lordship than he did to us, as I am sure from the superiority [\of your reason/] you will listen to it with more moderate joy than I did. Your Lordship has often known the too tender sensibility of my heart make me unhappy, but on any event that can give pleasure to you, I feel the same excess of joy. It may seem strange that my Lord Pulteney, who I never saw in my life has given [\me/] more happy & unhappy hours than most of my dearest friends. M=rs= Carter is pretty well to day, & if your Lordship likes it, we may as well drink tea with you as give you the trouble of coming hither, & if the weather should be less severe your Lordship may return our visit tomorrow evening. On saturday & sunday I am engaged.
I am not afraid of going out this cold weather. I was last night at Alexanders Feast, your Lordships conversation is a much better feast, & I protest I honour you more than I should Alexander were he alive on the Throne of Persia. The house was so cold last night I shall take care of the Oratorios till the weather changes. Doctor Monsey supp'd at M=rs= Veseys, he was in great spirits, & told me your Lordship was well, which I was glad to hear, for I imagined the stars that shone on the D: of Clevelands birth might be inauspicious to my Lord Bath, as you certainly differ more from each other than any two persons in the creation. Pray be carefull of yourself, & let me preserve the good spirits, good humour & good health I enjoy at present. I hope your Lordship will let us come to you, for the fear of your getting cold will make a little [\cloud/] in the sun shine of my mind, there are few days in a year in which one so sensible to its friends is quite without a vapour. I am
   My Lord Y=r= most Obliged &c