The Fortunate Foundlings, By Eliza Fowler Haywood

 -  You know, my dear, continued madam d'Espargnes, I was always an
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You Know, My Dear, Continued Madam D'Espargnes, I Was Always An Enemy To Any Thing That Had The Face Of Business, Yet Am I Now, Against My Will, Involved In It By As Odd An Adventure As Perhaps You Ever Heard.

Charlotta testifying some desire to be informed of what nature, the other immediately satisfied her curiosity in this manner:

You know, said she, that on the late death of my father, his estate devolved on my brother, an officer in those troops in Italy commanded by the prince of Conti: - some wounds, which were looked upon as extremely dangerous, obliged him, when the campaign was over, to continue in his winter quarters; - on which he sent to monsieur the count to take possession in his name; this was done; but an intricate affair relating to certain sums lodged in a person's hand, and to be brought before the parliament of Paris, could not be decided without the presence either of him or myself who had been witness of the transaction. - I was extremely loth to take so long a journey, being then in very ill health; and hearing he was recovered, delayed it, as we then expected him in person: - I sent a special messenger, however, in order to hasten his return; - but instead of complying with my desires, I received a letter from him, acquainting me that a business of more moment to him than any thing in my power to guess at, required his presence in another place, and insisted, by all the tenderness which had ever been between us, that I would take on myself the management of this affair:

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