††††††††††† Abbe Boyle, April 5, 1748.
††††††††††† I SHOULD sooner have acknowledged the receipt of your agreeable letter, but that it is the fate of us idle people to be always most hurried when we are least able to tell how; but you will naturally judge, in what manner I am circumstanced, when I tell you, that I †have stolen from company who can be happy with a bottle, to enjoy the more rational felicity of conversing with Mrs. Pilkington; I am not in the least surprised, Madam, you should reproach a world, which could be so long blind to such exalted merit. The compliment you honoured me with on that head, not only makes me vain, but happy; and you may believe me, Madam, that no wish of Mrs. Pilkington's shall be unobtained, that is within the compass of my abilities to gratify. There is nothing ever endeared fortune so much to me, as the power it gives me of demonstrating, beyond professions, how sincerely I esteem and regard you.óBut I am just called from this pleasing talk, I must entreat you to forgive this hasty scrawl, and be assured of the unalterable friendship of,
††††††††††† Your most obliged,
††††††††††† humble servant,
††††††††††† P. S. If Mrs. Pilkington will let me know by her† answer, which I impatiently expect, anything wherein my fortune or interest can serve her, she may command both.