""him out of his resolution & to convince him"""" of the improbability of his ever meeting""""with such a Lady; but my arguments have """"had no effect & he continues as firm in his """"determination as ever." You may imagine"" Ladies my distreſs on hearing this; for I""was fearfull that tho'though poſseſsed of Youth,"" Beauty, Wit & Merit, & tho'though the probable"" Heireſs of my aunts House & busineſs,""he might think me deficient in Rank,""& in being so, unworthy of his hand."

"However I was determined to make""a bold push & therefore wrote him a very "

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