COPY OF A CURIOUS
From a young Gentleman in this neighbour-
hood, which was found near this place, this
morning, addressed to Miss N. S?, a young lady
belonging to this town, which will prove very
interesting to the public in general.
Directions for Reading it.
Hast thou no pity on my woes ? So read straightforward and be curst.
Dos thou at me turn up thy nose? But if thy heart to me incline,
I'll make my declaration first, Oh! jump o'er every fine.
MADAM,?The great affection I have hitherto expressed for you
is false, and I now feel that my indifference towards you
increases every day, and the more I see of you, the more
you appear ridiculous in my eyes, and an object of contempt.
I feel inclined, and in all respects disposed and determined to
hate you. Believe me, I never in the least intended to
offer you my hand. Our conversation has, I assure you,
left a tedious and wretched insipidity, which by no meas has
possessed me with the, most exalted opinion of your character ;
your inconstant temoer would always make me miserable ;
and if ever we are untited, I should experience nothing but
the fearful hatred of my parents, added to the everlasting dis.-
pleasure in living with you. I have indeed a faithful heart
to bestow ; but, however, I do not wish you to imagine that it is
at your service, for it is impossible I could give it to one more
inconstant and capricious than yourself, and one who is less
capable to do honour to ray choice and to my family.
Yes, Madam, I beg and desire you will be persuaded that
I think sincerely, and you will do me the greatest pleasure
to avoid me. I shall readily excuse your taking the trouble
to return an answer to this: for your letters are always full of
nonsense and impertinence, and have not the least shadow of
wit or good sense. Adieu, and believe truly, that I am
so averse to you, that it is impossible 1 should ever be,
Madam, your affectionate lover, J. C??e.
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1820-1830 shelfmark: L.C.1268
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