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CONDUCT

IN

HIGH LIFE.

Publifh'd from her

ORIGINAL PAPERS.

To which are prefix'd,

Several Curious LETTERS written
to the Editor on the Subject.

LONDON:

Printed for WARD and CHANDLER, at the
Ship without Temple-Bar; JOHN WOOD and
CHARLES WOODWARD, at the Dove in
Pater-Nofter-Row; and THOMAS WALLER,
in the Middle-Temple Cloysters.
MDCCXLI.


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INTRODUCTION.

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HAD laft Night the Honour of being in Company with your Spouse, the Converfation happening to turn on the excellent Character of Pa mela, (now made publick) he faid> "Mrs. Jervis the Houfe-keeper, mentioned in "thofe Letters, was Aunt to his Wife, who had "others by her, found among the Papers of Mrs. Jervis, written by Pamela to her Aunt, Co"pies of others to different People, and Originals "of feveral which fhe herfelf had receiv'd, fuffi"cient to furnish a Volume, if not more, and to 'compleat her Life.

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"This Account, Madam, occafions you the "Trouble of my Addrefs, as it would be an Injury to the Memory of that incomparable Lady, and to the Publick, which ftands in need of "fuch Examples of Virtue, to let them longer le

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in Oblivion; befide, Madam, you may make the pious Pamela be a Relief to the modeft "Poor (even after her Death) by fuffering these "Pieces to be printed: A Profit will certainly arife from their Sale, the Town being fo furprizingly (confidering our present Degeneracy) prepoffefs'd in her Favour by the two Volumes "of Letters which are publifh'd, and as your ealy. Fortune fets you above applying to your own Ufe fuch unexpected Money, you may "fucceed your Aunt in the Poft of Almoner, as "you did in that of Houfe-keeper to the illuftrious Pamela.

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To Mrs. Mary
Brenville.

I am, Madam,

Your very bumble Servant,

B. W.

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IN AN Anfwer to the Favour of yours, I affure you I fhall readily come into any Propofal "which may contribute to the perpetuating the fweet Odour of my late ineftimable Lady's Me«mory.

« Mr. Brenville informed you truly, with regard to the Letters I have by me, but I am "no Judge as to their making either one or more" << Volumes.

"I did indeed fucceed my Aunt in the Care of the Family in Bedfordshire, but you will "obferve in perufing the Letters in my Poffelfion, that I had the Honour of being admitted to that exemplary Lady's Service fome Time before the Death of my Aunt Fervis. I am

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mentioned by my Maiden Name, Vaughan, "Houfe-keeper at the Lincolnshire Eftate after Mrs. Jewkes was difmifs'd.

"Befide the Letters you mention in yours I "have fome loofe Notes, which, poffibly, with "what I may be able to recollect of Paffages "while in her Service, to her Death, (a Period, "when it occursto my Memory, which will still call

forth my Tears) may enable you to compile the "Life of that Pattern of Humility and Piety.

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"Whenever you please to fix a Day, I will "put all the Papers I have into your Hands for "your Perufal, and if you think they may be of "ufe to the Publick, and an Advantage to the "Neceffitous, I fhall chearfully refign them to

your Discretion..

"If you are not of Opinion that they will an¬ fwer thefe Views, I muft infist on your re, "turning them, I prize thefe Papers greatly, and "have been the better for often reading them. "Indeed fome of my Acquaintance who have read "this literary Correfpondence, have faid it was

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with Pleafure and Profit, that they contain "fuch excellent Inftructions for our Conduct in "this Life, as, if follow'd, may fecure our Hap "piness both here and hereafter.

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to whom "I lent them, faid, for he knew my Lady that none but herfelf could fo well have drawn her Picture: She was what fheap&S pears in her Writings, a dutiful and loving «Daughter, a moft obfervant and obliging "Wife, a humane and confiderate Miftrefs, and tender Mother to the Poor, I do not "mention, continued the Divine, her Prudence, with regard to her Children, though I was, A 3

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