Eighteenth Century Post-Bag
recollect past joys; and you have called upon me to reflect, that there are few situations that do not allow of some pleasures, and that to be willing and ready to take those that offer, is the happiest disposition of mind. Adieu then, the happy seasons of 1750, 51, 52, and 53, come no more to disquiet and sadden 1755. She pretends not to compare her joys with yours; yet she offers health, tranquillity, and content. I hope you will for the future make no more enquiries, that may lead my imagination back to past times.
When I pass Mount Ephraim, and see the Stone-house, &c, I think not of Mr. Pitt, &c, but consider it as belonging to Mr. Walpole and Lady Rachel, persons with whom I have no concern, and so pass careless on to the well, drink my water, then, perhaps, take a turn round the common, go upon the walks; make my bow to half a dozen ladies, and say half a dozen words to each of them; and if I can, select some to converse with; among these, I find none so agreeable as your friend Mrs. Vesey,1 who arrived at Tunbridge the day we
1 Elizabeth Vesey (1715 ?-1791), one of the Blue-Stocking coterie, married (i) William Handcock, (ii) Agmondesham Vesey, M.P. for Haverstown, Kildare, afterwards Accountant-General of Ireland.