Letter of proposal from Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) to Anne Steele (1717-1778), 23 December 1742. Click on letter for larger version. See Wikipedia article on Anne Steele. She was also a writer of hymns.
Pardon the Boldness which prompts me to lay these few lines at your Feet. If confirmed Thoughts of you & a disrelish to every thing besides may be consider'd as Arguments of Love surely I experience the Passion & if the greatness of a Persons love will make up for Want of Wit, Wealth & Beauty, then may I humbly lay claim to your Favour - Since I had the happiness of seeing you How often have I thought of Milton's beautiful Descriptions of Eve Book 8, Line 471
Madm give one leave to tell You that these Words speak the very Experience of my Soul, nor do I find it Possible to forbear loving You. Would you but suffer me to come & lay before You those Dictates of a confused Mind which cannot be represented by a trembling Hand & Pen. Would you but permit me to cast my self at your Feet & tell You much I love. Oh What an easement might you thereby afford to a burdend Spirit, & at the same time give me an opportunity of declaring more fully that I am in Sincerity
Your devoted Serv:
Dec: 23 1742
He also wrote the following in 1742:
But she turned him down. In 1749, he married Elizabeth Boswell of Bourton.
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