Excerpt from The Life of John Jebb, D.D. F. R. S., Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, Vol. 2 of 2: With a Selection From His Letters
I feel a strong impulse to return an immediate reply, to your kind and pleasant letter: and I hope I shall not alarm you by keeping up so... quick a fire,' of such small shot. I know, by experience, that your ammunition cannot readily be expended. Candidly confess that you talked thus, for the sake of keeping up the military metaphor for, to descend to unfigurative lan guage, what is letter-writing, but conversing on paper P and when the topics of conversation are nearly infinite, can any just apprehension be en. Tertained that they will be exhausted? Your other reason, for what you partially call ah stz'nence,' I can admit has some weight: To ensure the continuance of any pleasure, it must be enjoyed with moderation.' Applying it to the case in question, I can well conceive, that too quick a return of epistolary correspondence might interfere with duties or that the habit of writing continually, in whatever mood, and under whatever external circumstances, might16 letters.
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