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

of what the world dermands of us altogether -- & you know well
In what light even worthy people views a Love correspondence
with a married woman? the bulk of mankind are stranger's to
the delicate refinements of Superior minds. -- I have dear Sir
& intrust you will make known my above promise, of select-
-ing Extracts from B's. Letters in my possession, if you think
they will be of use in the Posthumous Vol. -- & conditionaly
after concerning my own Letters. --who I can see no use they can
be lying in Dr. Ms Desk -- and hope you will not be
"passive" but exert yrself to persuade the other
Gentleman to restore them to me immediately.
I shall impatiently wait your answer - & instantly set about
the selection -- if my conditions are not agreed to, &
that very soon, I shall not think myself ^not at all
well used. You have promised not to Allow them
to be published, & I have given you my sacred word of
honor, they shall never be annihilated or destroy'd.
You flatter my Epistolary talent too much - but, your Ideas of the
merit of the Letters I have of B's can hardly exceed the reality.
I had a Letter on Monday from Mrs B --. She mentions she has
not heard from any of Bs. trusstees since she left D. shire --
she is a Charming Corrsepondent - & I shall ever love her dearly
for her uncommon affection for our dear B. & his poor Infants;
I am hurt at the languid manner the subscriptions goes on here?
Would that I had anything in my power to be of service to those little ones
But [?] Fortune has denied me this, & other Benevolent pleasures
Adieu. hoping for your acquiescence in my proposal, I remain
with regard & Esteem Yrs Clarinda ----

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