Robert Halsband (ed.), The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vol. 3: 1752–1762

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To Mme Chiara Michiel 18 May 1762

My dear and most esteemed Friend,

On no other occasion would I take up a pen, but when it is a question of thanking you for a Kind Letter and relieving you of a burden, I am willing to forget myself, although it is rather difficult to forget a heavy Head, and dizzy spells which overwhelm me. An epidemic Illness reigns in this unhappy Isle; it is said that no one dies of it; pg 309meanwhile everyone is out of sorts. The Duke of Kingston was forced to postpone a Dinner to which I was invited the day before yesterday, not having among his numerous staff any Footmen to serve at Table. Marianne has suffered a terrible attack, Dr. Moro has had his share, and poor me, I suffer like a wretch.

It is impossible for me to send you by this post the inventory in question; fortunately it is not very necessary for the present, but the box is open and you have seen the trifles in it. They are a coffee-pot of silver, a small bowl of the same, and a cup of Silver-gilt. If Lord Tavistock is in Venice—he is my Nephew; everyone speaks very well of him—I am sure that he will take charge of them Willingly. He can put them in his baggage without inconvenience, and as for the Box, [he can] throw it away wherever he likes.

I do not know what I am saying; pardon all my Weaknesses, my heart is always the same. I express badly but I feel quite clearly that I am entirely yours.

M. W. Montagu

1762 May 18.

Great George Street, Hanover Square

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