Clarissa Harlowe LETTER LXVII

MR. BELFORD, TO ROBERT LOVELACE, ESQ. THURSDAY MORNING, AUG. 3. SIX O’CLOCK.

I have been so much employed in my own and Belton’s affairs, that I could not come to town till last night; having contented myself with sending to Mrs. Lovick, to know, from time to time, the state of the lady’s health; of which I received but very indifferent accounts, owing, in a great measure, to letters or advices brought her from her implacable family.

I have now completed my own affairs; and, next week, shall go to Epsom, to endeavour to put Belton’s sister into possession of his own house for him: after which, I shall devote myself wholly to your service, and to that of the lady.

I was admitted to her presence last night; and found her visibly altered for the worse. When I went home, I had your letter of Tuesday last put into my hands. Let me tell thee, Lovelace, that I insist upon the performance of thy engagement to me that thou wilt not personally molest her.

[Mr. Belford dates again on Thursday morning, ten o’clock; and gives an

account of a conversation which he had just held with the Lady upon

the subject of Miss Montague’s letter to her, preceding, and upon

Mr. Lovelace’s alternatives, as mentioned in Letter LXV., which Mr.

Belford supported with the utmost earnestness. But, as the result

of this conversation will be found in the subsequent letters, Mr.

Belford’s pleas and arguments in favour of his friend, and the

Lady’s answers, are omitted.]