LET. XXXVI. To Madam DESLOGES.
IT is now three Months that I have expected Monsieur d' Auvi∣la, that I might be informed of the state of your health: But have∣ing lately understood that it is not so currant as I could wish it, and mine being not so firme, that J could adventure upon a journey, J have dispatched one towards you to learne the truth thereof. It will be an incredible ease to my mind, if I finde that it was but a false a∣larme, or that your sicknesse by this time be over-past. J doe hope for one of the two (Madame,) because J doe passionatly desire it; but J be∣seech you to beleeve that it is long Page 151 of my crazie body that J am no sooner clear'd of my feare, and rid of the paine it put me to; and that you doe not see me in person in steed of the Messenger that I have sent. He hath in charge to presente you with my fine Cuts or small In∣gravery, which J have newly re∣ceived from Paris; J thought meet to send you this dumbe visit that it might not oblige you to any com∣pliment that might put you to trouble; you doe receive (indeed) more troublesome ones, some∣times; And if the sullennesse of my countenance, be an object of bad presage, you will confesse that the perpetuall silence that doth accom∣pany it, is a great commodity: at leastwise it can never be offensive to you, since it leaves you still at quiet, and demanding no ceremo∣ny Page 152 from you, it must perplexe you lesse then the Antiquities and Origi∣nals of La Marche, and Limousin. Finally Madame, it lyeth in you to preserve your bounties for me▪ and maintaine me in my possession. I know that Monsieur d' Aillé is of in∣finite value, and I believe I cannot loose him, since it was you that gave him me; you have too good a hand to doe any thing that should not last, and there is no accident that can menace and shake that friendship, whereof virtue is the cause, and you the Mediatrix. I e∣steeme that of this rare Personage as a treasure, and J would be well pleased that he should know by your means, that J admire the Elo∣quence of his Dogmaticall & peace∣able Divinity, though J doe not subscribe unto the Doctrine of his Page 153polemicall writings. J most humbly kisse your hand, and remaine
Balzac. 16. Ian. 1637.