Letters from the Levant: During the Embassy to Constantinople, 1716-18

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of Mr. Collier.(19) I will not trouble you with farewell compliments, which I think generally as impertinent as courtesies at leaving the room, when the visit had been too long already.


X.
TO THE COUNTESS OF MAR.

Vienna, Sept. 14, 1716.

THOUGH I have so lately troubled you, my dear sister, with a long letter, yet I will keep my promise in giving you an account of my first going to court.

In order to that ceremony, I was squeezed up in a gown, and adorned with a gorget and the other implements thereunto belonging; a dress very inconvenient, but which certainly shows the neck and shape to great advantage. I cannot forbear giving you some description of the fashions here, which are more monstrous, and contrary to all common sense and reason, than it is possible for you to imagine. They build certain fabrics of gauze on their heads, about a yard high, consisting of three or four stories, fortified with numberless yards of heavy ribbon. The foundation of this structure is a thing they call a bourle, which is

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(19)
Jeremy Collier, an English divine, eminent for his piety and wit. In 1698 he wrote "A short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage, together with the sense of Antiquity on this subject," 8vo. This tract excited the resentment of the wits, and engaged him in a controversy with Congreve and Vanbrugh.--ED.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preliminary Discourse *
  • Letters from the Levant i
  • Preface iii
  • I. to the Countess of Mar 7
  • II- To Mrs. Skerret.(5) 9
  • Iii. to Mrs. S. C 11
  • Iv. to the Lady Rich 13
  • V. to the Countess of Bristol 15
  • Vi. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 18
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 21
  • Vii. to the Countess of Mar 25
  • Ix. to Mr. Pope 31
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 35
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 41
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 46
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 49
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 53
  • X. to the Countess of Mar 56
  • Xvi. to the Countess of Mar 58
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 62
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 65
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 67
  • XVII- To the Countess of Mar 70
  • Xxii. to the Countess of Mar 74
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 78
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 81
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 90
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 93
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 100
  • Xxiii. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 104
  • Xxx. to the Abbot ----- 109
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 117
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 123
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 129
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 134
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 148
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 156
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 164
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 173
  • Xxxi. to the Countess of Bristol 180
  • Xll. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 183
  • Xlii. to the Lady Rich 188
  • Xliii. to Mrs. Thistlethwayte 192
  • Xliv. to the Countess of Mar 196
  • Xlv. to the Lady Rich 209
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 212
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 223
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 233
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 238
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 252
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 257
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 259
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 261
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 267
  • Xlvi. to the Countess of Bristol 270
  • Lvi. to the Abbot ----- 273
  • Lvii. to Lady Montagu 275
  • Lviii. to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 276
  • Lix. Mr. Pope to Lady Montagu 281
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