Hannah More to Mrs Smith

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MS: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Perceval J105
Published: Undetermined

My dear Madam

I have been thinking much of you lately and have wished to write to you, but I did not know exactly where to address you till yesterday.

Allow me now dear Madam to assure you of the warm interest I have taken in the late family events. If I have been disappointed on the one side I have been much gratified on the other. May it please our generous Father to bless you with an increase of health and of his grace, that you may be blessed yourself, and be made a blessing to others.

Among the other agreeable circumstances attending the late change, there is one which I must not overlook, namely that you will become a near neighbour to me. I hope Mr. Smith and your self, and your little family are all well, I desire my particular love to my young favorite. I hope I shall find her improved in knowledge and in every thing that is amiable and pleasing; never forgetting that among all acquirements desirable as outward accomplishments are, the knowledge of the Scriptures is the best knowledge, and its precepts the best model for our practice. The Gospel is the only sure rule for our conduct here, and a reliance on its promises the only real ground for our happiness hereafter.

I am still at the end of two years and half a prisoner in my chamber, but still thro the mercy of God, at times tolerably well , and commonly (but not always) able to see my friends in a Morning.

With my best regards to Mr. Smith, and cordial wishes for your happiness in time and Eternity[1]
I remain my dear Madam
Your obliged & affectionate
H. More

I hope you will favour me with a visit soon.

Miss Frowd desires her best compliments


A favourite locution of More's, which she often inscribed in presentation copies of her books. See, for example, entries MoH276 and MoH277 in Smith, The Literary Manuscripts and Letters of Hannah More, p. 170.