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CLARISSA

& Nobel

BY SAMUEL RICHARDSON

EDITED BY E. S. DALLAS

AUTHOR OF THE GAY SCIENCE

“The prolixity of Richardson, which, to our giddy
paced time, is the greatest fault of his writing, was
not such a fault to his contemporaries. But a modern
reader may be permitted to wish that Clarissa had
been a good deal abridged at the beginning."

Sir Walter Scott's Memoir of Richardson.

VOL. II

LONDON

TINSLEY BROTHERS, 18, CATHERINE ST., STRAND

1868

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CL A R I S S A.

Part Second continued.Her Flight

from Home.

MR. BELFORD, TO ROBERT LOVELACE, ESQ.

Friday, April 21. HOU, Lovelace, bast been long the entertainer; I

the entertained. Nor have I been solicitous to

animadvert, as thou wentest along, upon thy inventions, and their tendency. For I believed, that with all thy airs, the unequalled perfections and fine qualities of this lady would always be her protection and security. But now, that I find, thou hast so far succeeded, as to induce her to come to town, and to choose her lodgings in a house, the people of which will too probably damp and suppress any honourable motions which may arise in my mind in her favour, I cannot help writing: and that professedly in her behalf.

Last time I was at M. Hall, thy noble uncle so earnestly pressed me to use my interest to persuade thee to enter the pale, and gave me so many family-reasons for it, that I could not help engaging myself heartily on his side of the question; and the rather, as I knew, that thy own intentions with regard to this fine woman, were then worthy of her. And of this I assured his lordship; who was half-afraid of

VOL. II.

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