- Letter: How elegantly to complain of injuries done.
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How elegantly to complain of injuries done.
This may be done several ways, if you would mildly complain of a friend and yet not break with him or her; let your complaint be mixt with praises, saying, that you are sorry the persons deportment hath not been such as your friendship required; however, you are so charitable, as to believe the offence was commited willingly, but rather through misprision or ill perswasion. But let the offence be ever so great, do not rail in opprobrious terms, though in smart and significant expressions, saying, that you have connived too long patiently at the injuries done you, but finding instead of amendment, the person growing worse, you would be more sensless than stones if you should not speak; referring your self to his own judgment, if passion hath not quite extinguisht the eye of reason, whether you are not very much wrong'd; however, upon a just acknowledgment, you are willing to forget all, and retain him or her still in the estimation of a friend.