31 — Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson Upper Seymour Street.
My dear Friend，—That tormenting creature， Reginald， is here. My letter， which was intended to keep him longer in the country， has hastened him to town. Much as I wish him away， however， I cannot help being pleased with such a proof of attachment. He is devoted to me， heart and soul. He will carry this note himself， which is to serve as an introduction to you， with whom he longs to be acquainted. Allow him to spend the evening with you， that I may be in no danger of his returning here. I have told him that I am not quite well， and must be alone； and should he call again there might be confusion， for it is impossible to be sure of servants. Keep him， therefore， I entreat you， in Edward Street. You will not find him a heavy companion， and I allow you to flirt with him as much as you like. At the same time， do not forget my real interest； say all that you can to convince him that I shall be quite wretched if he remains here ； you know my reasons—propriety， and so forth. I would urge them more myself， but that I am impatient to be rid of him， as Mainwaring comes within half an hour. Adieu ！