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“I shall keep your Correspondence as Misers do their Gold”
Mary Masters

A shining Treasure from the World conceal’d,
A Treasure only to my self reveal’d:
Like them, I too shall frequently retire,
Count my rich Store, and secretly admire;
They George’s Image in his Coin approve,
Thy pictur’d Mind I in thy Letters love.
But here, indeed, we something disagree,
‘Tis Money pleases them, and Paper me.

From Mary Masters, Familiar Letters (London, 1755), 91-92.

Source: Microfilm; Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, Inc.