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Printed for J.Bell British Library Strand London March 14 1786..

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To which is annexed,
Her original Letter to JOHN CALCRAFT, Efq.
advertised to be published in October 1767,

but which was then violently suppressed.

« The Web of our Life is of a mingled Yarn, Good and Ill

“ together; our Virtues would be proud, if our Faults whipe
“ them not; and our Crimes would despair, if they were not
“ cherished by our Virtues."

All's Well that Ends Well, Act 4, Scene lii.

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And fold by J. BELL, at the Britih Library, STRAND.





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December 22, 17I NOW found all my theatrical expectations frustrated. Although, but a few days before, they seemed to be resuming their wonted fplendour, and bid fair to be productive of at least some years of unclouded sunshine, in a moment an envious gloom darkened the prospect. Transient, as 66 when a sable cloud turns forth her silver lining “ to the night," was the flattering hope. But such was my lot.

I could by no means have wished for an engagement, unless it was on condition of being reinVOL. v.



stated in most of the parts that had been in my poflession, together with my quota of new ones;

and as to requesting a favour of that kind from Mr. Woodward, I reprobated the very thought. I could not for a moment suppose, even had I been fo unreasonable as to make such a weak proposal, that a person who knew the value of money fo well as he did, would have consented to have me (to make use of a political phrase) tacked to him by way of dependent,

For notwithstanding friendship is a very fine thing to talk of, very few would prove such devotees to it, as to sacrifice a thousand pounds a year upon account of it. As for my own ideas of that facred union, they are so truly romantic, and so very unfashionable, that I am almost ashamed to make them known: but I should not think worlds too dear a purchase, for the person towards whom I professed a friendship. I now regretted, more poignantly than before, that I had made Mr. Colman my enemy. Though I deplored his resentment, I acknowledged the justice of it. I have, however, the consolation to add, that from that gentleman's liberal behaviour for some time past, I have every reason to believe his displeasure has subsided, and that I have the happiness, once


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