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The correspondence of Samuel Richardson ... selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family, to which are prefixed, a biographical account of that author, and observations on his writings online

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thdr hearts of the worthiness of his attach-
ment. Opposition is the fuel of love. This
prudent conduct of theirs added not that
fuel to his flame.

Miss Beaumont behaved gently, yet frank*
Ly, to him, whenever she could not avoid
seemg him. He saw her denial was owing
to principle, and not either to affectatk>n or
petulance, this made him patient of being
reasoned with* He was sent to reside at
Rome for a- fewmontiis> in order, by de-
grees, to find' occasions for longer absences ;
but he would not consent to go^ or to quit
Florence, till he bad engaged Miss Beau-
mont to correspond with him by letter,
which, the Count and Countess, on her ao-

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MRS. BBAUMONT. 347

quainting them with the condition he in-
sisted on, advised her to yield to, expressing
again their entire reliance on her prudence,
and consenting, at her request, to see all she
wrote, though she thought it but honourable
to the young gentleman, whose letters can
in the highest style of love, to desire to be
excused shewing them his, giving her rea-
sons frankly for this stipulation, highly to
their approbation.

I have been favoured with the «igbt of
the letters which passed in this correspon-
dence. What generous, what noble ones,
are her's ! She turned, by her charming
reasonings^ his love of her person into an
admiration of her still more beautiful mind.
So much as was added to the intellectual,
and taken from the persond love was of ad«
vantage. And at last (supposkig all this
time, that neither the young lady nor his
own family knew of his passion for Miss
Beaumont, and finding her absolutely in-
flexible) he yielded to her friendly advice

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348 HISTORY or MRS. BBAUMONT«

and expostulations, and Signora de L. being'
brought over by her uncle, married her, to
the inexpressible joy of the friends on both
«ides. Nor was it a little owing to her ge-
nerous influence over the young husband,
who was choleric, as the lady was humour-
some, and when not humoured, sullen, that
-they lived together not unhappily ^



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Online LibrarySamuel RichardsonThe correspondence of Samuel Richardson ... selected from the original manuscripts, bequeathed by him to his family, to which are prefixed, a biographical account of that author, and observations on his writings → online text (page 14 of 14)