MS: Letter of Agnes McLehose to John Syme, dated 30 December 1796

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MS: Letter of Agnes McLehose to John Syme, dated 30 December 1796

Edinr. 30th Decemr
--96

Dear Sir,

I make no Apology for the freedom
of the Epithet; all the friends' of him who was so beloved
must be dear to me, ---- I have indeed, wondered, at
your & Dr. M's unaccountable silence --it was entirely
inconsistent with the Character Mr Riddell gave of both
-- it was so with common politeness not to answer a Lady's
Letter -- I am truly sorry for the cause of Dr. M.'s Silence
& hope by this time he is nearly well; I shall be happy
to hear from himself, that He is so --, but, as to your
apology, -- it reminds me of some lines by Lord Sythleton's
to his Lucy, "She would have answered with her tear's
But that --d he had not time"!
You indeed Illustrate the truth of yr. own Remarks, viz.[?]
"that apology sits but a wh/ward on a Candid mind." ----
I was glad however, you came to the Point, at last -- and
more so, that your opinion Coincides with mine, as
to the utter impropriety of these Letters being given to the
world at present -- but, what can have impress'd such an
Idea as that I ever conceived the most distant intention
to destroy these precious memorials of an attachment

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