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Letter 6
Lady Howard To The Rev. Mr. Villars Howard Grove
Dear Rev. Sir,
THE solemn manner in which you have committed your child to my care, has in
some measure damped the pleasure which I receive from the trust, as it makes
me fear that you suffer from your compliance, in which case I shall very sincerely
blame myself for the earnestness with which I have requested this favour: but
remember, my good Sir, she is within a few days summons; and be assured, I
will not detain her a moment longer than you wish.
You desire my opinion of her.
She is a little angel! I cannot wonder that you sought to monopolize her: neither
ought you, at finding it impossible.
Her face and person answer my most refined ideas of complete beauty: and this,
though a subject of praise less important to you, or, to me than any other, is yet
so striking, it is not possible to pass it unnoticed. Had I not known from whom she
received her education, I should at first sight of so perfect a face, have been in
pain for her understanding; since it has been long and justly remarked, that folly
has ever sought alliance with beauty.
She has the same gentleness in her manners, the same natural graces in her
motions, that I formerly so much admired in her mother. Her character seems
truly ingenuous and simple; and at the same time that nature has blessed her
with an excellent understanding and great quickness of parts, she has a certain
air of inexperience and innocency that is extremely interesting.
You have not reason to regret the retirement in which she has lived; since that
politeness which is acquired by an acquaintance with high life, is in her so well
supplied by a natural desire of obliging, joined to a deportment infinitely
engaging.
I observe, with great satisfaction, a growing affection between this amiable girl
and my grand-daughter, whose heart is as free from selfishness or conceit, as
that of her young friend is from all guile. Their regard may be mutually useful,
since much is to be expected from emulation where nothing is to be feared from
envy. I would have them love each other as sisters, and reciprocally supply the
place of that tender and happy relationship to which neither of them has a natural
claim.
Be satisfied, my good Sir, that your child shall meet with the same attention as
our own. We all join in most hearty wishes for your health and happiness, and in
returning our sincere thanks for the favour you have conferred on us. I am, dear
Sir, Your most faithful servant, M. HOWARD.
 
 
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