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The Sorrows ofYoung Werther

heated and exhausted by a long course, in order to breathe

with him. I shall be left completely my own master; and, as

more freely. I am often tempted to open a vein, to procure

we agree on all subjects but one, I shall try my fortune, and

for myself everlasting liberty.

accompany him.

MARCH 24

APRIL l9

I HAVE TENDERED my resignation to the court. I hope it will be accepted, and you will forgive me for not having previously consulted you. It is necessary I should leave this place. I know all you will urge me to stay, and therefore I beg you will soften this news to my mother. I am unable to do anything for myself: how, then, should I be competent to assist others? It will afflict her that I should have interrupted that career which would have made me first a privy councillor, and then minis- ter, and that I should look behind me, in place of advancing. Argue as you will, combine all the reasons which should have induced me to remain, I am going: that is sufficient. But, that you may not be ignorant of my destination, I may men- tion that the Prince of —is here. He is much pleased with my company; and, having heard of my intention to resign, he has invited me to his country house, to pass the spring months

THANKS FOR BOTH your letters. I delayed my reply, and with- held this letter, till I should obtain an answer from the court. I feared my mother might apply to the minister to defeat my purpose. But my request is granted, my resignation is accepted. I shall not recount with what reluctance it was accorded, nor relate what the minister has written: you would only renew your lamentations. The crown prince has sent me a present of five and twenty ducats; and, indeed, such goodness has af- fected me to tears. For this reason I shall not require from my mother the money for which I lately applied.

MAY 5

I LEAVE THIS PLACE to-morrow; and, as my native place is only six miles from the high road, I intend to visit it once more,

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