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Jane Talbot - Letter 60 - To Mrs. Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 60 - To Mrs. Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 60 - To Mrs. Montford
Letter LX - To Mrs. MontfordTo Mrs. Montford Philadelphia, October 20. AH, dear madam! how much has your letter afflicted, how much has it consoled me! You have then some hope of his return; but, you say, 'twill be a long time first. He has gone where I cannot follow him; to the end of the world; where even a letter cannot find him; into unwholesome climates; through dangerous elements; among savages---- Alas! I have no hope. Among so many perils, it cannot be expected that he should escape. And did he not say that he meant not to return? Yet... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2568

Jane Talbot - Letter 59 - To Jane Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 59 - To Jane Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 59 - To Jane Talbot
Letter LIX - To Jane TalbotTo Jane Talbot New York, October 15. I HASTEN, my dear madam, to reply to your letter. The part you have assigned me I will most cheerfully perform to the utmost of my power, but very much regret that I have not more agreeable tidings to communicate. Having said that all the transactions between you and my brother are known to me, I need not apologize for alluding to events, which I could not excuse myself for doing without being encouraged by the frankness and solicitude which your own pen has expressed. Immediately after the determination... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2088

Jane Talbot - Letter 58 - To Mrs. Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 58 - To Mrs. Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 58 - To Mrs. Montford
Letter LVIII - To Mrs. MontfordTo Mrs. Montford Philadelphia, October 12. Dear Madam:-- How shall I thank you for the kind and delicate manner in which you have complied with my request? You will not be surprised, nor, I hope, offended, that I am emboldened to address you once more. I see that I need not practise towards you a reserve at all times foreign to my nature, and now more painful than at any other time, as my soul is torn with emotions which I am at liberty to disclose to no other human creature. Will you be my friend?... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1713

Jane Talbot - Letter 57 - To Jane Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 57 - To Jane Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 57 - To Jane Talbot
Letter LVII - To Jane TalbotTo Jane Talbot My dear Madam:-- New York, October 9. You judge truly when you imagine that your character and history are not unknown to me; and such is my opinion of you, that there is probably no person in the world more solicitous for your happiness, and more desirous to answer any inquiries in a manner agreeable to you. Mr. Colden has made no secret to us of the relation in which he stood to you. We are well acquainted with the cause of your late separation. Will you excuse me for expressing the deep... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3387

Jane Talbot - Letter 56 - To Mrs. Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 56 - To Mrs. Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 56 - To Mrs. Montford
Letter LVI - To Mrs. MontfordTo Mrs. Montford Madam:-- Philadelphia, October 7. It is with extreme reluctance that I venture to address you in this manner. I cannot find words to account for or apologize. But, if you be indeed the sister of Henry Golden, you cannot be ignorant of me, and of former transactions between us, and especially the circumstance that now compels me to write: you can be no stranger to his present situation. Can you forgive this boldness in an absolute stranger to your person but not to your virtues? I have heard much of you, from one... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2683

Jane Talbot - Letter 55 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 55 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 55 - To Henry Colden
Letter LV - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden My mother allows me, and even requires me, to write to you. My reluctance to do so is only overcome by the fear of her displeasure; yet do not mistake me, my friend. Infer not from this reluctance that the resolution of being henceforward all that my mother wishes can be altered by any effort of yours. Alas! how vainly do I boast my inflexibility! My safety lies only in filling my ears with my mother's remonstrances and shutting them against your persuasive accents. I have therefore resigned myself wholly to my mother's... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1554

Jane Talbot - Letter 51 - To James Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 51 - To James Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 51 - To James Montford
Letter LI - To James MontfordTo James Montford December 13. Is not this strange, my friend? Miss Jessup, it seems, has denied her own letter. Surely there was no mistake,--no mystery. Let me look again at the words in the cover. Let me awake! Let me disabuse my senses! Yes. It is plain. Miss Jessup repented her of her confession. Something in that unopened letter-- believing the contents of that known, there were inducements to sincerity which the recovery of that letter, and the finding it unopened, perhaps annihilated. Pride resumed its power. Before so partial a judge as Mrs. Fielder,... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2238

Jane Talbot - Letter 50 - To Mr. Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 50 - To Mr. Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 50 - To Mr. Colden
Letter L - To Mr. ColdenTo Mr. Colden December 11. Hereafter I shall be astonished at nothing but that credulity which could give even momentary credit to your assertions. Most fortunately, my belief lasted only till you left the house. Then my scruples, which slept for a moment, revived, and I determined to clear up my doubts by immediately calling on Miss Jessup. If any thing can exceed your depravity, sir, it is your folly. But I will not debase myself: my indignation at being made the subject, and, for some minutes, the dupe, of so gross and so profligate an... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2721

Jane Talbot - Letter 49 - To James Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 49 - To James Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 49 - To James Montford
Letter XLIX - To James MontfordTo James Montford Philadelphia, December 9. I WILL imagine, my friend, that you have read the letter (Footnote: The preceding one.) which I have hastily transcribed. I will not stop to tell you my reflections upon it, but shall hasten with this letter to Mrs. Fielder. I might send it; but I have grown desperate. A final effort must be made for my own happiness and that of Jane. From their own lips will I know my destiny. I have conversed too long at a distance with this austere lady. I will mark with my own... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3381

Jane Talbot - Letter 48 - To Mrs. Fielder Jane Talbot - Letter 48 - To Mrs. Fielder

Jane Talbot - Letter 48 - To Mrs. Fielder
Letter XLVIII - To Mrs. FielderTo Mrs. Fielder December 8. Madam:-- This comes from a very unfortunate and culpable hand,--a hand that hardly knows how to sign its own condemnation, and which sickness, no less than irresolution, almost deprives of the power to hold the pen. Yet I call Heaven to witness that I expected not the evil from my infatuation which, it seems, has followed it. I meant to influence none but Mr. Talbot's belief. I had the misfortune to see and to love him long before his engagement with your daughter. I overstepped the limits of my sex, and... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1696

Jane Talbot - Letter 47 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 47 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 47 - To Henry Colden
Letter XLVII - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden December 8. Sir:-- Enclosed is a letter, which you may, if you think proper, deliver to Mrs. Fielder. I am very ill. Don't attempt to see me again. I cannot be seen. Let the enclosed satisfy you. It is enough. Never should I have said so much, if I thought I were long for this world. Let me not have a useless enemy in you. I hope the fatal effects of my rashness have not gone further than Mrs. Talbot's family. Let the mischief be repaired as far as it can be; but... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1206

Jane Talbot - Letter 46 - To James Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 46 - To James Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 46 - To James Montford
Letter XLVI - To James MontfordTo James Montford December 9. Once more, after a night of painful musing or troubled repose, I am at the pen. I am plunged into greater difficulties and embarrassments than ever. It was scarcely daylight, when a slumber into which I had just fallen was interrupted by a servant of the inn. A girl was below, who wanted to see me. The description quickly proved it to be Molly. I rose and directed her to be admitted. She brought two letters from her mistress, and was told to wait for an answer. Jane traversed her room,... Long Stories - Post by : cjv01 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1459

Jane Talbot - Letter 45 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 45 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 45 - To Henry Colden
Letter XLV - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden December 4. Ah, my friend! in what school have you acquired such fatal skill in tearing the heart of an offender? Why, under an appearance of self- reproach, do you convey the bitterest maledictions? Why, with looks of idolatry and accents of compassion, do you aim the deadliest contempts and hurl the keenest censures against me? "You acquit me of all shadow of blame." What! in proving me fickle, inconsistent, insensible to all your merit, ungrateful for your generosity, your love? How have I rewarded your reluctance to give me pain, your readiness... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 774

Jane Talbot - Letter 41 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 41 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 41 - To Henry Colden
Letter XLI - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden Philadelphia, December 3. Sir:-- My daughter informs me that the letter she has just despatched to you contains her resolution of never seeing you more. I likewise discover that she has requested and expects a reply from you, in which, she doubts not, you will confirm her resolution. You, no doubt, regard me as your worst enemy. No request from me can hope to be complied with; yet I cannot forbear suggesting the propriety of your refraining from making any answer to my daughter's letter. In my treatment of you, I shall not... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1150

Jane Talbot - Letter 40 - To James Montford Jane Talbot - Letter 40 - To James Montford

Jane Talbot - Letter 40 - To James Montford
Letter XL - To James MontfordTo James Montford November 28. I TOLD you of your brother Stephen's talk with me about accompanying him on his northwest voyage. I mentioned to you what were my objections to the scheme. It was a desperate adventure; a sort of forlorn hope; to be pursued in case my wishes in relation to Jane should be crossed. I had not then any, or much, apprehension of change in her resolutions. So many proofs of a fervent and invincible attachment to me had she lately given, that I could not imagine any motive strong enough to change... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2453

Jane Talbot - Letter 39 - To Mrs. Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 39 - To Mrs. Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 39 - To Mrs. Talbot
Letter XXXIX - To Mrs. TalbotTo Mrs. Talbot November 28. IT becomes me to submit without a murmur to a resolution dictated by a disinterested regard to my happiness. That you may find in that persuasion, in your mother's tenderness and gratitude, in the affluence and honour which this determination has secured to you, abundant consolation for every evil that may befall yourself or pursue me, are my only wishes. Far was I from designing to conceal from you entirely my father's aversion to our views. I frequently apprized you of the inferences to be naturally drawn from his known character;... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2474

Jane Talbot - Letter 38 - To Henry Colden, Senior Jane Talbot - Letter 38 - To Henry Colden, Senior

Jane Talbot - Letter 38 - To Henry Colden, Senior
Letter XXXVIII - To Henry Colden, SeniorTo Henry Colden, Senior November 26. Sir:-- I was not informed till to-day of the correspondence that has passed between you and my mother, nor of your aversion to the alliance which was designed to take place between your son and me. It is my duty to inform you that, in my opinion, your approbation was absolutely necessary to such a union; and consequently, since your concurrence is withheld, it will never take place. Every tie or engagement between us is from this moment dissolved, and all intercourse, by letter or otherwise, will here end.... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1188

Jane Talbot - Letter 37 - To the Same Jane Talbot - Letter 37 - To the Same

Jane Talbot - Letter 37 - To the Same
Letter XXXVII - To the SameTo the same November 26. What shall I say to thee, my friend? How shall I communicate a resolution fatal, as thy tenderness will deem it, to thy peace, yet a resolution suggested by a heart which has, at length, permitted all selfish regards to be swallowed up by a disinterested consideration of thy good? Why did you conceal from me your father's treatment of you, and the consequences which your fidelity to me has incurred from his rage? I will never be the cause of plunging you into poverty so hopeless. Did you think I... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2008

Jane Talbot - Letter 36 - To Henry Colden Jane Talbot - Letter 36 - To Henry Colden

Jane Talbot - Letter 36 - To Henry Colden
Letter XXXVI - To Henry ColdenTo Henry Colden Philadelphia, November 23. You impose on me a painful task. Persuaded that reflection was useless, I have endeavoured to forget this fatal letter and all its consequences. I see you will not allow me to forget it; but I must own it is weakness to endeavour to shun the scrutiny. Some one, my friend, must be in fault; and what fault can be more atrocious than this? To defraud, by forgery, your neighbour of a few dollars, is a crime which nothing but a public and ignominious death will expiate; yet how trivial... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3020

Jane Talbot - Letter 35 - To Mrs. Talbot Jane Talbot - Letter 35 - To Mrs. Talbot

Jane Talbot - Letter 35 - To Mrs. Talbot
Letter XXXV - To Mrs. TalbotTo Mrs. Talbot Baltimore, November 20. How truly did my angel say, that she whom I love is my deity, and her lips my oracle, and that to her pertains not only the will to make me happy, by giving me steadfastness and virtue, but the power also! I have read your letter oftener than a dozen times already, and at every reading my heart burns more and more. That weight of humiliation and despondency which, without your arm to sustain me, would assuredly sink me to the grave, becomes light as a feather; and, while... Long Stories - Post by : marymichel - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1433