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readily believe, a single trait in the character of Lady Kitty Crocodile that resembled herself.

After this representation, your lordship will, I doubt not, permit me to enjoy the fruits of my labour; nor will you think it reasonable, because a capricious individual has taken it into her head that I have pinned her ruffles awry, that I should be punished by a poniard stuck deep in my heart: your lordship has too much candour and justice to be the instrument of so violent and ill directed a blow.

Your lordship's determination is not only of the greatest importance to me now, but must inevitably decide my fate for the future, as, after this defeat, it will be impossible for me to muster up courage enough to face Folly again. Between the muse and the magistrate there is a natural confederacy; what the last cannot punish, the first often corrects; but when she finds herself pot only deserted by her ancient ally, but sees him armed in the defence of her foe, she has nothing left but a speedy retreat: adieu, then, my lord, to the stage! Valeat res ludicra; to which, I hope, I may with justice add plaudite, as during my continuance in the service of the public, I never profited by flattering their passions, or fall. ing in with their humours, as upon all occasions

thought it my duty) in exposing follies, how much soever the favourites of the day; and pernicious prejudices, however protected and popular. This, my lord, has been done, if those may be believed who have the best right to know, sometimes with success; let me add too, that in doing this I never

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lost my credit with the public, because they knew that I proceeded upon principle; that I disdained being either the echo or the instrument of any man, however exalted his station ; and that I never received reward or protection from any other hands than their own. I have the honour to be, &c.

SAMUEL FOOTE. N. B.-In a few days will be published, the Scenes objected to by the Lord Chamberlain. With a Dedication to the Duchess of Kingston.


Blois, August 1st, 1766. Your long expected letter has at length arrived, without date. You mention in it that it was writ the post after Mr. Sheen's, but by some strange fatality it has been six weeks longer on its passage. I own your long silence astonished me, and raised in me many mortifying reflections. The general neglect which I experienced from all quarters in my distrest situation, created in me such an apathy for all the affairs of this life, that I was almost brought to wish to pass the rest of my days

Oblitusque meorum, obliviscendus et illis. But your last has shown me that friendship is not wholly banished from the earth. I find that

* Father of the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan.

it is to your care solely that I am indebted for the turn my affairs have taken, and it pleased me the more, as you are the only person living to whom I would wish to owe such an obligation. Your silence during the transaction carries its excuse with it. It was better on every account that the attempt should be made without my pri. vity. And to deal ingenuously with you, had you consulted me, I should never have consented to it. But as the thing has passed with so much credit to me, the whole honour and merit of it is yours. What I mentioned in a former, relative to an act of parliament, had no reference to any such act to be made in Ireland, of which I had not the least idea, but to an English act, passed the session before for the relief of insolvent debtors, with the nature of which I desired to be made acquainted. You have not made me acquainted with the circumstances of the act, in which, through your friendly and disinterested exertions I am concerned ; nor mentioned the time that it will be proper for me to go to Ireland. I should be glad if you would take the first opportunity of conveying a copy of the act to Mr. Chamberlaine, because there are some points on which I would take advice in London, before my setting out for Dublin. And now, my dear Sam! I must tell you, that without your farther assistance it will be impossible for me to reap the benefit of what you have done for me. From the perpetual fluctuation in the ministry, the payments are no longer punctual at the treasury. There is now due to me a year of my pension ; and at the moment I am writing to you I am reduced to my last Louis.

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I had relied upon receiving about fifty pounds from Sheen for the books, and a year's rent of a certain farm at Quilea. But this I find, without any notice given to me, has been forestalled, and Sheen writes me word that he has not a shilling to spare. I had before applied to some friends in England, who had made large professions to me; but I find, by an obstinate silence on their part, that nothing is to be expected from them. My sole reliance at present is upon you, nor should I have the least doubt on me, if your abilities were equal to your good will. But I must conjure you, by all that is sacred in friendship, to raise a hundred pounds for me, as speedily as you can, and convey it to William Whately, esq. banker in London, for my use; on the receipt of which I will immediately set out for England in my way to Dublin. Mrs. Sheridan and the chil. dren will continue in France till my affairs are settled; and after that, you may rely upon it, that this is the first debt I shall think myself bound to discharge. I need not say more upon this head; I am sure your utmost endeavours will not be wanting to serve me in this exigence, and to complete what you have so well begun.

And now I must give you some account of what we have been doing since our arrival at Blois. I have long since finished the Dictionary, and bave got together the greatest part of the materials for the Grammar, which only want being reduced into order. I have likewise almost finished a volume of Dialogues on the English Language, to serve as a preparative for the other work. The more I reflect on the general use which must be made of this work wherever English is taught, the more I am convinced that the profits of it will be considerable; and that if I keep the right of the copy to myself (which is my design) it will be an estate to my family. I have finished a Grammar too in English and French, for the use of all foreigners who understand French, that are desirous of attaining a knowledge of the English tongue by an easy and short method. I have also drawn up a Grammar in English, to facilitate the attainment of the French tongue to all who speak English: a work much wanted, and which I began at first for the use of my children, upon finding the great imperfection of all hitherto published with that view. Mrs. Sheridan has writ. ten a comedy called a Trip to Bath, in which some good judges in England find a great deal of merit. She has also made two additional volumes to the Memoirs of Sidney, and has begun a tragedy in prose upon part of the story contained in this latter part. Thus you see, that, together with the time employed in the instruction of the chil. dren, we have not been idle since our arrival here. Our coming to Blois has been attended with the happy circumstance of restoring Mrs. Sheridan to a perfect good state of health, a blessing which she had not known for ten years before; and this alone would make me think it a fortunate event which drove us hither. But I have other reasons to bless this event: it has afforded me an opportunity of acquiring two of the most useful kinds of knowledge one can be

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