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freemen. The dignity of my present station damps the pertness of inferior puppies and fquires, which, without plenty and ease on your side the Channel, would break my heart in a month.

Madam, See what it is to live where I do. I am utterly ignorant of that same Strado del Poe; and yet, if that Author be against lending or giving money, I cannot but think him a good Courtier; which, I am sure, your Grace is not, no not so much as to be a Maid of honour. For I am certainly informed, that you are neither a free-thinker, nor can sell bargains; that you can neither fpelf, nor talk, nor write, nor think like a Courtier ; that you pretend to be respected for qualities which have been out of fashion ever fince you were atmost in your cradle; that your contempt for a fine petticoat is an infallible mark of disaffection ; which is further confirmed by your ill taste for Wit, in preferring two old falhion'd Poets before Duck or Cibber. Besides, you spell in fueh a manner as no court-lady can read, and write in such an old fashion'd style as none of them can understand.--You need not be in pain about Mr Gay's stock of health. I promise you he will spend it all upon laziness, and run deep in debt by a winter's repose in towo ; therefore I intreat your Grace will order him to move his chops less and his legs more for the fix cold months, else he will fpend all his inoney in phytic and coach-hire. I ain in much perplexity about your Grace's declaration, of the manner in which you dispose what you call your love and respect, which, you say, are not paid to Merit, but to your

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own Humour. Now, Nadam, my misfortune is, that I have nothing to plead but abundance of Merit, and there goes an ugly observation, that the Humour of ladies is apt to change. Now, Madam, if I should go to Aimsbury with a great load of merit, and your Grace happen to be out of humour, and will not purchase my merchandize at the price of your respect, the goods may be damaged, and no body else will take them off my hands. Besides, you have declared Mr Gay to hold the first part, and I but the second; which is hard treatment, since I shall be the newest acquaintance by some years; and I will appeal to all the reft of of your sex, whether such an innovation ought to be allowed? I should be ready to say in the common forins, that I was much oblig'd to the Lady who wished she could give the best living, &c. if I did not vehemently suspect it was the very fame Lady who spoke many things to me in the same style, and also with regard to the gentleman at your elbow when you writ, whose Dupe he was, as well as of her Waiting-wo. man; but they were both arrant knaves, as I told him and a third friend, though they will not believe it to this day. I desire to present my most humble ref. pects to my Lord Duke, and with my heartiest prayer for the prosperity of the whole family, remain your Grace's, &c.

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of spirits hath a most unhappy effect ; I am grown less patient with solitude, and harder to be pleas'd with company ; which I could formerly better digest, when I could be easier without it than at present. As to sending you any thing that I have written lince I left you (either verse or prose) I can only say, that I have order'd by my Will, that all my Papers of any kind shall be deliver'd you to dispose of as you please. I have several things that I have had schemes to finish or to attempt, but I very foolishly put off the trouble, as sinners do their repentance: for I grow every day more averse from writing, which is very natural, and, when I take a pen, say to myself a thousand times, non eft tanti.

As to those papers of four or five years past, that you are pleas'd to require foon; they confist of little accidental things writ in the country; family amusements, never intended further than to di. vert ourselves and some neighbours: or some effects of anger on Public Grievances here, which would be insignificant out of this kingdom. Two or three of us had a fancy, three years ago, to write a Weekly paper, and call it an Intelligencer. But it continued not long; for the whole Volume (it was reprinted in London, and, I find, you have seen it) was the work only

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of two, myself and Dr Sheridan. If we could have

some ingenious young man to have been the manager, who should have published all that might be sent to him, it might have continued longer, for there were hints enough. But the Printer here could not afford, such a young man one farthing for his trouble, the sale being so small, and the price one half. pennys and so it dropped. In the Volame you saw (to answer your questions) the 1, 3, 5, 7, were mine. Of the 8th I writ only the Verses very uncorrect, (but against a fellow we all hated); the 9th mine, the icth only the Verses, and of those not the four last slovenly lines; 15th is a Pamphlet of mine printed before with Dr Sh-'s Preface, merely for laziness not to disappoint the town; and so was the 19th, which contains only a parcel of facts relating purely to the miseries of Ireland, and wholly useless and unentertaining. As to other things of mine since I left you; there are in prose a View of the State of Ireland; a Project for eating Children; and a Defence of Lord Carteret; in verse a Libel on Dr D- and Lord Carteret; a Letter to Dr D- on the Libels writ against him; the Barrack (a stolen Copy :) the Lady's Journal; the Lady's Dressing-room (a stolen Copy :) the Plea of the Damn'd (a stolen Copy :) all these have been printed in London. (I forgot to tell you that the Tale of Sir Ralph was sent from England.) Besides these, there are five or six (perhaps more) Papers of Verses writ in the North, but perfect Family things, two or three of which may be tolerable; tlie relt but indifferent, and the humour only local, and some that would give of fence to the times. Such as they are, I will bring

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them tolerable or bad, if I recover this lameness, and live long enough to see you either here or there. I forget again to tell you, that the Scheme of paying Debts by a Tax on Vices, is not one fyllable mine, but of a young Clergy-man whom I countenance; he told me it was built up on a passage in Gulliver, where à Projector bath something upon the fame Thought. This young man is the most hopeful we have: a book of his Poems was printed in London; Dr D-is one of his Patróns: he is marry'd and has children, and makes up about ' rool a year, on which he lives decently. The otmost stretch of his ambition is, to gather up as much fuperfluous money, as will give him a light of you, and half an hour of your presence ; after which he will return home in full satisfaction, and in proper time die in peace.

My poetical fountain is drained, and I profess, I grow gradually so dry, that a Rhime with me is al. molt as hard to find as a Guinea; and even Prose speculations cire me almost as much. Yet I have a thidg in prose begun about twenty-eight years ago, and almnoft finished. It will make a four shilling Volume, and is such a perfection of folly, that you shall never hear of it till it is printed, and then you shall be left to guess *. Nay I have another of the same age, which will require a long time to perfect, and is worse, than the former, in which I will serve you the same way. I heard lately from Mr--, who promises to be less lazy in order to mend his fortune. But women who live by their beauty, and men by their wit, are VOL.VI.

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