With an alphabet on the hearth at my feet for reference, I contrived in an hour or two to print and smear this epistle:— "MI DEER JO i OPE U R KR WITE WELL i OPE i SHAL SON B HABELL 4 2 TEEDGE U JO AN THEN WE SHORL B SO GLODD AN WEN i M PRENGTD 2 U JO WOT LARX AN BLEVE ME INF XN PIP."
It is so difficult to become clearly possessed of the contents of almost any letter, in a violent hurry, that I had to read this mysterious epistle again twice, before its injunction to me to be secret got mechanically into my mind.
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The Epistle of James advises: "Confess your sins to one another, that you may be healed."
The king read the letter, which he supposed was a loving and tender epistle La Valliere had destined for him.