Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker: Ch. 83

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Letter LXXXIII

To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.

MRS JONES,

Providinch hath bin pleased to make great halteration in the pasture of our affairs. — We were yesterday three kiple chined, by the grease of God, in the holy bands of mattermoney, and I now subscrive myself Loyd at your sarvice. — All the parish allowed that young 'squire Dallison and his bride was a comely pear for to see. — As for madam Lashtniheygo, you nose her picklearities — her head, to be sure, was fintastical; and her spouse had rapt her with a long marokin furze cloak from the land of the selvidges, thof they say it is of immense bally. — The captain himself had a huge hassock of air, with three tails, and a tum- tawdry coat, boddered with sulfur. — Wan said he was a monkey-bank; and the ould bottler swore he was the born imich of Titidall. — For my part, I says nothing, being as how the captain has done the handsome thing by me. — Mr Loyd was dressed in a lite frog, and checket with gould binding; and thof he don't enter in caparison with great folks of quality, yet he has got as good blood in his veins as arrow privat 'squire in the county; and then his pursing is far from contentible. — Your humble sarvant had on a plain pea-green tabby sack, with my Runnela cap, ruff toupee, and side curls. — They said, I was the very moral of lady Rickmanstone, but not so pale — that may well be, for her ladyship is my elder by seven good years and more. — Now, Mrs Mary, our satiety is to suppurate — Mr Millfart goes to Bath along with the Dallisons, and the rest of us push home to Wales, to pass our Chrishmarsh at Brampleton-hall — As our apartments is to be the yallow pepper, in the thurd story, pray carry my things thither. — Present my cumpliments to Mrs Gwyllim, and I hope she and I will live upon dissent terms of civility. — Being, by God's blessing, removed to a higher spear, you'll excuse my being familiar with the lower sarvants of the family; but, as I trust you'll behave respectful, and keep a proper distance, you may always depend upon the good will and purtection of

Yours,
W. LOYD
Nov. 20.

FINIS.