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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Of requesting a kindness.

| | 222 Letters of this nature, are of two kinds; the first is, when one Gentlewoman of quality sends to another, her very good friend, either for some courtesie to her self; or for another; and then the must begin with an acknowledgment of her love and how confident she still remains in the assurance thereof; then make known your request, and how easily it may be done, and end with a promise of being sensible of the courtesie, and retaliation.

If the person requesting be somewhat a stranger, but much inferior to the person of whom the entreats the kindness, then she must begin with an insinuation, excusing her boldness in daring to request a favour of a person whom she never obliged by any former service; yet adding withal, that knowing her goodness, and the delight her Ladiship takes in bestowing courtesies on the undeserver, she fears not a denial. If it be upon an urgent occasion, let her endeavour to move her, to compassionate her misery, exaggerating the greatness thereof; insisting, that she hath no other way to retrive her misfortune; that if she cannot hereafter find any way a requital, yet she shall notwithstanding retain the remembrance of her love or charity fixed in her heart. Conclude with a Prayer to God, so to increase her felicity here, that she may never stand in need of a kindness from any till the Almighty hath fixed on her head a Crown of Glory.