Friday, Aug. 11.
Mr . Belford acquaints his friend with the generosity of Lord M. and the Ladies of his family; and with the lady’s grateful sentiments upon the occasion.He says, that in hopes to avoid the pain of seeing him, she intends to answer his letter of the 7th, tho’ much against her inclination.
‘She took great notice, says Mr. Belford, of that passage in yours, which makes necessary to the Divine pardon, the forgiveness of a person causelesly injured.’
‘Her grandfather, I find, has enabled her at eighteen years of age to make her will, and to devise great part of his estate to whom she pleases of the family, and the rest out of it (if she die single), at her own discretion; and this to create respect to her; as he apprehended that she would be envied: And she now resolves to set about making her will out of hand.’
Mr. Belford insists upon the promise he had made him, not to molest the lady: And gives him the contents of her answer to Lord M. and the Ladies, declining their generous offers. See Letter 398.