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[p. 8] more free Conversation, she discours'd how admirably on many Subjects: I grew by Degrees into such an Opinion of her good Taste, that when she put me upon translating a Psalm or two, I was ready to excuse myself, and if I had not fear'd to displease her, should have deny'd her Request.’

The following letter, now in possession of Mr. Frank Hervey, was written to Miss Coleman just before her marriage to Mr. Turell. It is such a good example of the epistolary correspondence of those days that it seems worth putting on record:—

Medford, March 21, 1726.
dear Madam:—

This is to kiss your hand and to tell you you may if you please be the absolute mistress of the citey of Medford: for our Reverant Turell so admires your person and vertues and excellent accomplishments that had he crowns and scepters he would throw them all at your feet to merit your favouer. Indeed Madam if you wear to be an empress you could not injoy more happenes than the sweet conversation of so excelent a pious and wise man. Madam had I a Daughter that he so much admires as your Ladyship and I could give her ten thousand pounds he might comand both her and that. Dear Madam I have nothing in my present view can make you more happy a this side heaven; the Lord direct you which is the prayer of your most affectionate Aunt and humble Servant

Eliz. Thomas.
My servase to your Reverant Father and the Lady your Mother.

After her marriage, which was on August 11, 1726, her custom was once in a month or two, to make some new Essay in Verse or Prose, and to read from Day to Day as much as a faithful Discharge of the Duties of her new Condition gave Leisure for; and I think I may with Truth say, that she made the writing of Poetry a Recreation and not a Business.

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