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<Q A 1771? TC EV EMONTAGU>
<X ELIZABETH MONTAGU>
[}ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO ELIZABETH VESEY. MO 6406. MAY 11 1771?}]
May y=e= 11=th=
My dear Sylphs letters cannot be answer'd as they deserve to night, a great cold sits heavy on my eye lids but I will still tell you that my heart beats with joy whenever I see the Sylph hieroglyphics on paper. I sh=d= rather hope from your account that M=r= Salkelds claim will prove invalid. As to y=e= name & title they have been so soild & tarnishd that truly they are hardly fit for an honest Mans wearing. It is a great & real honour to Lord Lyttelton that M=r= Perry & the Prime Serjeant are his Friends. I have sent you enclosed a copy of verses made by M=r= Garrick ye other day. D=r= Cadogan & he had
at dinner a warm dispute about the merits of Shakespear to which ye Doctor is very insensible. You must not say you had ye verses from me for it will look like vanity in me to communicate them but I cannot see why so much good witt as y=e= verses contain sh=d= be conceal'd on account of one peice of wrong judgment. The Burkes [\& Garricks/] are to dine with me on wensday. Lady Chatham & her family on thursday. M=r= & M=rs= Garrick & several others of y=r= friends were here last night but we all feel we are imperfect with=t= our Sylph. I have got Lady Buchans pretty House at Tunbridge & shall be there in about 10 days. Write to me & enliven my spirits. The place is empty but the waters & quiet will restore my health which of late has not been good. L=d= Lyttelton is now confined by a feverish cold.
M=rs= Carter dined with me to day. According to y=r= hint she will examine M=rs= Norman. How sweet are your attentions. How happy one is in having such a friend! But how unhappy, that Alps rise between & whole oceans [\WORD INTO roll?\] . I do not think we have had any works lately which w=d= much entertain you.
I beg my best comp=ts= to M=r= Vesey & M=rs= Handcock. I am my dear Madam
With most sincere
& tender affection
[\ADDRESS\] To / M=rs= Vesey