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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 897 pages of information about The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford Volume 4.

There was one of my letters on which I wish to hear from you.  There are always English coming from Paris, who would bring such a parcel:  at least, you might send me one volume at a time, and the rest afterwards:  but I should not care to have them ventured by the common conveyance.  Madame du Deffand is negotiating for an enamel picture for me; but, if she obtains it, I had rather wait for it till you come.  The books I mean, are those I told you Lady Ailesbury and Mrs. Damer would give you a particular account of, for they know my mind exactly.  Don’t reproach me with not meeting you at Paris.  Recollect what I suffered this time two years; and, if you can have any notion of fear, imagine my dread of torture for five months and a half!  When all the quiet of Strawberry did but just carry me through it, could I support it in the noise of a French hotel! and, what would be still worse, exposed to receive all visits? for the French, you know, are never mor in public than in the act of death.  I am like animals, and love to hide myself when I am dying.  Thank God, I am now two days beyond the crisis when I expected my dreadful periodic visitant, and begin to grow very sanguine about the virtue of the bootikins.  I shall even have courage to go to-morrow to Chalfont for two days, as it is but a journey of two hours.  I would not be a day’s journey from hence for all Lord Clive’s diamonds.  This will satisfy you.  I doubt Madame du Deffand is not so easily convinced—­therefore, pray do not drop a hint before her of blaming me for not meeting you rather assure her you are persuaded it would have been too great a risk for me at this season.  I wish to have her quite clear of my attachment to her; but that I do not always find so easy.  You, I am sure, will find her all zeal and entpressement for you and yours.  Adieu!  Yours ever.

(136) Mr. Fox was returned for Malmesbury.-E.

Letter 77 To The Hon. H. S. Conway.  Strawberry Hill, Oct. 29, 1774. (page 108)

I have received your letter of the 23d, and it certainly overpays me, when you thank instead of scolding me, as I feared.  A passionate man has very little merit in being in a passion, and is sure of saying many things he repents, as I do.  I only hope you think that I could not be so much in the wrong for every body; nor should have been, perhaps, even for you, if I had not been certain I was the only person, at that moment, that could serve you essentially:  and at such a crisis, I am sure I should take exactly the same part again, except in saying some things I did, of which I am ashamed!(137) I will say no more now on that topic, nor on any thing relating to it, because I have written my mind very fully, and you will know it soon.  I can only tell you now, that I approve extremely your way of thinking, and hope you will not change it before you hear from me, and know some material circumstances.  You and

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