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Need I say that your mamma and sisters join with me most cordially in this sentiment and hope:
May all thy days and nights to come
Ever affectionately yours,
To JOHN PARROTT, Jun. Esq.
MY DEAR SIR,
April 15, 1821.
I KNOW you will have very great pleasure in presenting the enclosed from a fond father to a beloved daughter.
“ Do not smile at me that I boast her off; for thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise, and make it halt behind her.”
To JOHN GILL, Esq. TAVISTOCK, DEVON.
MY DEAR SIR,
Tavistock Place, May 1, 1821. Permit me to thank you for your polite and hospitable attention to me during the short time I had the honour of being an inmate under your roof, for the pleasure I enjoyed with your amiable family. Do me the favour to offer my grateful acknowledgments to Mrs. Gill, to your lovely daughters, and to your intelligent and agreeable sons, and say how happy I shall be, at all times, to manifest my gratitude for their attentions. I request also, that you will present my compliments to your honest-hearted brother, (the enjoyment of whose company I greatly regret to have been so short), and to the very worthy Mr. Rundell.
Believe me to be, &c.
To J. W. HORSLEY, Esq. CHISWICK.
Tavistock Place, May 12, 1821.
“ What is the reason that you use me thus ?
But 'tis no matter."
I lov'd you ever!
“ When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony."
Now, Horsley, thy neglecting makes my love sicken and decay, and urges me to use enforced ceremony. I have already given thee an invitation to my mental feasts, and thou requirest (I suppose) a repetition of the same ceremony of another asking. “I must speak by the card.” I tell thee then, “ thou art unfriendly, and I take it much amiss of thee, and begin to find myself fobbed; therefore assure yourself that I will seek satisfaction of you ; and that what I say I protest intendment of doing. Why, what a wretch and peasant slave art thou ?” Is it not monstrous that thou shouldst be wasting thy time “ in the desert air," propping up tulips, courting sweet marjoram, and paying love to gilliflowers, the dahlia, and anemone; denying with these, and all such like appearances to boot, thy company to a friend?
“ The man who is not pleased” with intellectual society, but is found “ crawling between earth and heaven,” fetching mad bounds about his flower-garden, and content with the soft dalliance of a grass plat, is fit for ! No,
! No,“ the crime carries the punishment along with it.”
Now, “as the world hath noted the gravity and stillness of thy youth,” and as thou mayest stand fair in my good opinion, I forgive thee, but upon condition that thou wilt dine with me on Tuesday next, at six o'clock. “ It will be a night of revels,” for “ I expect some choice gallants; and if I can but fasten upon thee a few cups," I think thou wilt be delighted with their company. Your old friend John Saunders, G. Taylor, and the whole of the club of Architects and Antiquaries, dine with me : come, therefore, and join them; and “ we will drink a measure to the health of thy blooming tulip-bed, and success to all thy innocent and rational enjoyments.
To ROWLEY LASCELLES, Esq. JERMYN STREET.
MY DEAR SIR,
Tavistock Place, May 18, 1821. I am exceedingly mortified to find that Mr. Corner's name has been omitted in the list of those who have been invited to my conversazione ; but the fault is with Mr. Britton, who had from me a carte-blanche to ask any friend of his whom he felt desirous to introduce. Among my own particular friends, I am sorry to say, some omissions have inadvertently taken place, as almost every day brings to my recollection some painful inattentions.
I do not feel that I can consistently trespass upon the liberality of the gentlemen of the club intending to dine at Greenwich, by taking with me more than one visitor; and as I intimated at the time of our last meeting, that I should introduce Mr. Horsley only, I do not think it right to extend the indulgence so kindly offered me ; but Mr. Britton may, with great propriety, ask Mr. Corner, and I believe it is his intention to do so.
Mrs. Oakley, I am happy to say, is much better. The young ladies are perfectly sensible of your polite attentions, and full of sympathy for the ungenerous treatment of Poor Yorick. If their innocent occupations have shut them out from your society, and thereby given you pain, or kept “ you in the rear of their affection,” suppose them “to have shot their arrow o'er the house, and hurt their brother!"
Very truly yours,
To THE MEMBERS OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE.
Royal Exchange, May 19, 1821. A BALLOT having taken place this day, for the election of fifteen members to serve in your committee, and having the honour of being returned, I will state the motive which actuates me on this occasion, in accepting the trust you repose in me.
First : Flattered by the solicitation of several highly respectable gentlemen, that I would resume my labours in the committee, and particularly at a time when a suspension of its powers threatened to upset its functionaries, I have been induced to interrupt the quiet practice of my own pursuits by inclining to their invitation. And,
Secondly: As an old member of the house, and anxious that its honour and respectability should be maintained, I have, I confess, witnessed with great regret the schism which has lately manifested itself among the body of its representatives. Whatever the motive be which has occasioned the secession of those gentlemen who have withdrawn themselves from your committee, it would be arrogant presumption in me to inquire : but, desirous as I am to uphold the dignity of the house in as far as my feeble abilities may assist, I should think myself unworthy of being a member of it, were I to shrink from the duty which your suffrages have called upon me to perform. But, gentlemen, if in the performance of that duty I should find the rules and regulations of the committee thwarted and disregarded, and a stubborn resistance set up to that authority so essential to all well-regulated societies -- if anarchy and misrule should